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Matt Harvey beats the Cubs with his arm and his bat

May 17, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches against the Chicago White Sox with a bloody nose during the first inning of their MLB Inter League baseball game at CitiField in New York Reuters

Matt Harvey held the Cubs to two runs in 7.1 innings this afternoon and delivered the game-winning RBI single in a 3-2 Mets victory.

Harvey is now 5-0 with a 1.55 ERA in nine starts this season, posting an awesome 68/14 K/BB ratio in 64 innings. And he’s a career .243 hitter.

Harvey walked zero batters for the second time in three starts after walking at least one batter in each of his first 16 starts and averaging 3.4 walks per nine innings during that span. If his improved control is for real and Harvey has already figured out to harness his incredible raw stuff at age 24 … wow.

After 19 career starts he has a 2.12 ERA with 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings and a .175 opponents’ batting average.

  1. fanofevilempire - May 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    this kid looks better and better each time out.
    he has a calm about him.

  2. icanspeel - May 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Kids a legit #1

  3. dondada10 - May 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Now we gotta figure out what position to play him at when he’s not starting…all the spots except third base are options, at this point.

  4. sdelmonte - May 17, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Credit also to Marlon Byrd gunning down the tying run at home.

  5. malowitz - May 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Clearly, Matt harvey has the Will to Win.

    • malowitz - May 17, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Which he didn’t have when he didn’t get the win after pitching 9 scoreless innings against the White Sox earlier this season.

  6. markofapro - May 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Do they play baseball anywhere else other than NY?

    • dprat - May 17, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      They moved Wrigley to NY? Huh. Bet that was expensive.

      • fanofevilempire - May 17, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        I hope they didn’t check any bags, the fees kill you!

    • fanofevilempire - May 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      NY is the best!
      I luv NY

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - May 17, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Yeah, man, way to point out the NY bias of HBT! Should take it a step further and post this on the articles about the Astros, Braves, Indians, Phillies, Rangers, Orioles, Padres, Nationals, and Cubs that are all on the front page…that’ll stick it to ’em.

  7. hojo20 - May 17, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    I look forward to Harvey starting the All Star Game in Citi Field this July.

  8. bbk1000 - May 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Good for him…but he could have had another N/D or loss….

    Did you see the umpire when Byrd threw out Barney at home?

    Barney was out by a mile, he ran into Buck who had the ball in his glove in front of this body, but the ump waited until Buck tagged him with the ball as Barney walked off the field to make the call…..the ump was looking to call him safe…

    These umps love to inject themselves into the game…

  9. jonpkay - May 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I was at this game and Harvey is fun to watch. I was confused about the scoring on the play in the first. A Rizzo doubled to left, and S. Castro is on third. Then Soriano hit an infield single, which was going to score Castro if he gets a hit or not. Tejada throw sthe ball low and Rizzo scores. Soriano moves to second. After the play Soriano is credited with 1 rbi and Tejada an error. Why are both runs earned for Harvey?

    • ny64 - May 17, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      The assumption was that the 2nd run would have scored anyway on the flyball out made by the next batter,since the runner would have been on 3rd with 1 out.However,I think that the infield single Soriano hit should have been ruled an error instead,which would have made that 2nd run unearned since there should have been 2 outs after the play and the ensuing fly out would have ended the inning.

  10. kev86 - May 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Harvey for Cy!

  11. 13arod - May 17, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    roookie of the year

    • chill1184 - May 17, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Unfortunately Harvey made enough innings last season to remove his rookie status

      • bbk1000 - May 18, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        true…I loved seeing him pitch but the Mets should have kept his rookie status last year as it was a lost season…

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