The New York Mets are 7-4 to start the 2013 Major League Baseball season, and while it still is too early to get excited about a team that was wildly predicted to be under .500 for the season by many baseball pundits, there is one reason for the Mets faithful to continue to get excited, and his name is Matt Harvey.
Harvey, the New London, Connecticut, product who was the seventh overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft, is showing great early returns after making his big-league debut in late July last season. In three starts this season, Harvey, a power pitcher who throws his fastball consistently above 90 miles per hour, has struck out 15 batters in 22 innings while only allowing two runs, good for an ERA of 0.82 and an unblemished 3-0 record. Harvey took a no-hitter Saturday night into the seventh inning, and is quickly becoming one of the most talked about young pitchers in Major League Baseball. He is scheduled to pitch Friday when the Mets host the Washington Nationals, but a couple of postponed games could force that to change. Whenever he makes his next start, it will be just the 14th of his career.
Team captain and third baseman David Wright is off to a good start this season, batting .293 with nine RBI, but he has yet to homer. Ike Davis meanwhile, who got off to a horrendous start to the season last year, has hit only one homer, hitting .128 with 12 strikeouts. The biggest offensive surprise for the Mets has been John Buck, who is hitting .317 with six home runs and 19 RBIs. His RBI count is tied for the lead of all players in the Majors, and his six home runs trail only Atlanta’s Justin Upton.
With 151 games left in the season, it is far too early to raise expectations for the team on the field, but, in 24-year old Matt Harvey, the New York Mets may have a top of the rotation starter for years to come. One thing is already true of Harvey: he is a budding star.