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Matt Harvey is real, and he’s spectacular

Apr 19, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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Matt Harvey outdueled wunderkind Stephen Strasburg in Queens tonight, holding the Nationals to one run over seven innings. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out seven in as many innings. Most impressively, he worked his way out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the seventh, even after a brutal throwing error by Daniel Murphy put the Nationals in a great position to get back in the game. Harvey got Kurt Suzuki to strike out, Roger Bernadina to pop out foul to catcher John Buck, and Denard Span to ground out to second, ending the threat without any further damage.

Harvey hit 96 MPH throughout the game, even on the 104th pitch of his 105-pitch outing. Despite the seven-inning, one-run performance, Harvey’s ERA went up from 0.82 to 0.93.

  1. chill1184 - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Only allowed one run against one of best offenses in the league. Well done Harvey, well done. Screw the haters!

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:07 AM

      this kid is going to be a good one, the first good one since Doc.
      the kid showed ” it ” factor in the 7th inning when he got out of
      bases loaded no out, he could have crumpled but he didn’t he
      reached back and got in his second gear and attacked the Nats.
      Keith thought he was tired, so did I, he had a good game going.
      turn on the lights @ the ball park, Mets have a good one.

  2. yahmule - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I never understood why he wasn’t more hyped last year. Even more impressive than his arsenal is his makeup. You rarely see this kind of poise in a pitcher with so few starts in the major leagues. Many young pitchers would have lost their composure when Murphy tossed away that double play grounder in the seventh.

    • paperlions - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      Apparently, the devastating slider just showed up on his door step one day (according to La). Every scout said his stuff at the MLB level was much better than when they saw him in the minors.

      I get to watch him on SNY, and his results don’t do justice to how little chance most hitters have against him. It looks like he’s facing A-ball lineups.

  3. hojo20 - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    He’s so awesome right now, I really hope the Mets don’t overuse him this season and mess up his arm/shoulder.

    • chill1184 - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      Hes going at least 6 innings a game with the occasional 7th, thats pretty normal to me

  4. mdev1987 - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Patient of mine is friends with Harvey’s
    Roommate in college. He’s been roiding for a couple years now. Just saying.

    • dondada10 - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Patient? Pray tell, doctor, which medical profession employs jerk-offs?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        Biogenesis

      • badintent - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:57 AM

        @historiophillac
        HBT quote of the month !! Bar none.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:09 AM

      you sound like a nut job.

  5. kiwicricket - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Don’t think I didn’t pick up on the Boobz reference, Bill…

  6. ame123 - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Seems like such a waste to burn a prime year for a non-contending team. He’ll be in arbitration before the Mets are ever competitive.

    • chill1184 - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      Funny since you didnt seem to have a problem with the Marlins bringing up Fernandez

      • Kevin S. - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:48 AM

        Probably since that’s one less year before his team has a chance to trade for Jose Fernandez.

  7. thebadguyswon - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Matt Harvey.

    Making the Mets watchable once a week since 2012.

  8. goskinsvt - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Nats fan checking it. Confirmed, this guy is the truth.

    • natslady - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Yes, Harvey really, really toughed it out in that 7th inning when he was gassed and close to 100 pitches. Stras could use a little of that. I’m sorry if Desi made an error in the first inning. Get past it. (Same applies to Dan Haren).

  9. nbjays - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    He’s good, no doubt about that. In other news: Danny Espinosa is still not impressed…

    • yahmule - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      Danny Espinosa couldn’t hit him with a snow shovel.

  10. paulhargis53 - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Agree with the poster ripping in the guy with the “patient”. Guess it doesn’t break any HIPPA laws, since Harvey isn’t your patient, but still. Glad I’m not your patient.Whatever you do. You have no morals or ethics. What you are saying is slanderous also.

    • thebadguyswon - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Its just jealousy.

  11. DonRSD - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    One every 5 games us Mets fans can cheer loudly.

    I hope this kid gets the All Star Game start. What a treat for us Mets fans.

    Can’t wait for Wheeler to come up too.

    LETS GO METS!!!

  12. ningenito78 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    @mdev1987- Patient? Stop trying to sound like you’re anything more important than a little Internet troll. F-cking loser.

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