Matt Harvey has been a force for the New York Mets in 2013. The starting pitcher for the National League All Star Team has gone 7-2 with a 2.23 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 147 strikeouts in 130 innings pitched. He also boasts a ridiculous 5.25 K/BB ratio and a .196 opponent’s batting average.
Sunday afternoon against the rival Phillies was no different. Making his first start since the All Star Break at Citizens Bank Park, Harvey tossed 7 innings of 3 hit, no walk, 10 strikeout baseball. The gem was especially welcomed given the fact that he entered this start with a 0-1 record and a 5.54 ERA in the month of July. His struggles have likely been health related, but appear to have been mostly subsided by the time the All Star game came around. He went 2 scoreless innings against one of the best All Star lineups ever assembled, allowing just one hit and striking out 3, with no walks and a hit batter.
Harvey was even more dominant than usual in this one, which could suggest that the blister that he has been dealing with is finally letting up. He was averaging an impressive 97.4 mph on his fastball, a career high for one game, and generated an insane 23 swing and misses, which is 1 short of his career high. All advanced metrics point to Harvey being a legitimate pitcher, showing that his early success has been no mirage. Harvey will be a fun pitcher to watch for years to come.