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Matt Harvey overwhelms Padres in season debut

Apr 3, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

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The Mets didn’t want to put extra pressure on Matt Harvey by making him their Opening Day starter this year, but let’s face facts: he’s the club’s best hope for having an ace this year. He showed why on Wednesday night when he limited the Padres to one hit and struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings.

Harvey cruised tonight, throwing 94 pitches in his seven innings. He ended up picking off Everth Cabrera, the only Padre to single off him. He did walk a pair, but thanks to a double play ball, he faced just one batter over the minimum.

The 10-strikeout game was Harvey’s third in 11 major league starts. The only other Mets to have that many so soon were Nolan Ryan (four) and Dwight Gooden (three). Which makes for pretty good company.

Having turned 24 last month, Harvey is older than the typical pitching phenom. Still, that might work in his favor this year, since he shouldn’t have to deal with the typical 160- or 180-innings limit. The Mets won’t want to extend him too far unless they somehow find themselves in contention in September, but he should pitch enough innings to finish in the top 10 in the NL in strikeouts.

  1. dalucks - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    As a Mets fan, I do not want to get too excited about this performance because I am not sure if the Padres are a quality opponent.
    However, at 24, Matt Harvey is off to a good start. Hopefully, Zach Wheeler will get a few start after the All Star break.

  2. chill1184 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    No faith in Jon Niese I take it Matt?

  3. yahmule - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Harvey seems kind of underhyped to me. Great velocity, four pitches, improving command, misses bats like crazy. I think he has as much potential as anybody.

  4. thebadguyswon - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    STUD.

  5. themuddychicken - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Combine this with the offensive juggernaut that is clearly the 2013 Mets, and things are lookin good!

  6. DonRSD - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Couple of years out boys, but the future is bright.

    LETS GO METS!!!

  7. nashernation - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:19 AM

    This kid is a beast. Future is looking bright for the metropolitans.

  8. dukepatrol - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    He’s the freakin real deal. It also looks like he’s got ice water in his veins. If last night was the real MH then we are looking at a Cy Young winner in a few years.

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