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Matt Harvey throws first career shutout

Aug 7, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

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Matt Harvey‘s dominance dates back to the 2012 season, but he had never pitched a shutout or even a complete game before he took the mound to face the Rockies on Wednesday evening at Citi Field.

Harvey carved up a good Colorado lineup for nine scoreless innings, yielding just four hits on 106 pitches as the Mets grabbed a 5-0 victory. The 24-year-old right-hander had his entire arsenal working and struck out six batters without issuing a walk.

It was the first complete-game shutout for a Mets pitcher since knuckleballer R.A. Dickey threw one against the Marlins on August 31 of last season.

Harvey is now 9-3 with a 2.09 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 178/29 K/BB ratio in 159 2/3 innings.

Clayton Kershaw, the other prime contender for the National League Cy Young Award, is 10-7 with a 1.91 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 166/37 K/BB ratio in 174 1/3 innings.

  1. novanation33 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    The best pitcher in baseball.

    • kingscourt25 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Meh

    • moogro - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      He had more TwTw than Kershaw, and less TwTl

    • stercuilus65 - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:40 AM

      Behind Kershaw….

      • thebadguyswon - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Not by any measure. The numbers for Kershaw just don’t compare. Sorry.

  2. misterj167 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Good for him, great pitcher!

  3. historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    I’m pretty sure that warrants posting his Body Issue pic again.

    • dondada10 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      Just get a fathead of it like I did.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        LMAO!

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      *drool* Gary Player *drool* ;)

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:33 PM

        You guys are cracking me up tonight! :D

  4. knicksmets - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    It’s funny it’s taken him this long, sinces he’s been so good, hopefully he’ll have many more in store

  5. dondada10 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Tonight was awesome. Not only did Harvey get the shutout, a near Maddux, but Wilmer Flores drove in 3 insurance runs in the top of the 8th. One of those runs was scored by Juan Lagares, who’s playing very well. Great to see.

  6. aceshigh11 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Wow, Harvey is really something special.

    The only thing that surprises me is that this is his FIRST shutout. I’ve been hearing about his dominance so much this year that I could’ve sworn he’d already thrown at least one or two.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      It was his second 9 inning outing where he gave up zero runs. The first one, however, went into extra innings at 0-0. This time the Mets scored, so he got the CG.

  7. stercuilus65 - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    “Harvey carved up a good Colorado lineup”

    They are only good when they play in Colorado, on the road they are twelfth in the NL.

    • American of African Descent - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      So when people plan a parade, do you root for a rainstorm?

  8. bbk1000 - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:00 AM

    This, like your other comments in this thread, makes no sense.

  9. yahmule - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    I like everything about Matt Harvey, but his makeup really sets him apart. He has an incredible amount of poise for a young pitcher. Nothing seems to shake him up out there. Patrick Corbin has a similar mentality.

  10. tuloisgod - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Look, I’m an unapologetic, die-hard Rockies’ fan, but calling that lineup “good” is like saying the Titanic was seaworthy. They have absolutely no plate discipline (seriously? after Harvey’s first four innings required 11, 11, 15 and 11 pitches, in the fifth the three Rockies’ batters ALL swung at the first pitch; it ultimately took him seven pitches to get out of the frame), they can’t score, and they were missing CarGo last night. Just look at their overall record if you want proof that they’re not a good lineup. (Saw an interesting set of stats yesterday that showed that they’re actually pitching well, but their offense has been DOA.)

    That’s not to diminish the work of Harvey — he does look great, and he’s been pulling that kind of good-pitching crap on good teams, too.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      According to this, all three of those first pitches were right over the plate, and none of them were put in play:

      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/numlocation.php?pitchSel=518774&game=gid_2013_08_07_colmlb_nynmlb_1/&batterX=&innings=nnnnynnnn&sp_type=1&s_type=3

      If you’ve got a guy out there who’s throwing strikes and getting guys out, I’m not clear on exactly what was to be gained by taking a strike there. Same result, and you’ve given up an opportunity to swing at a pitch to hit.

      Harvey’s walked ONE hitter since the all-star break. He’s not a guy who works behind in the count very much. I’m not saying you should swing at everything, but I don’t know if these guys would have been doing themselves any favors by taking pitches when he was pouring strikes over the plate all night.

      • The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Upon further review, two of the three first pitches were called strikes.

        Rosario took a strike, then swung at a changeup right over the plate on 0-1 and popped it up.

        Arenado took a strike, then hit a breaking ball that was right down the middle on 0-1 to ground out to third.

        Lemahieu fouled off a slider over the plate, took a fastball that was close, but called a ball, and grounded out to short on a 1-1 fastball.

        These guys may not be great hitters, but plate discipline didn’t seem to be the issue, at least in that inning. The problem was a pitcher firing strikes, and their inability to do anything good with them.

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