Observations From Another Spectacular Matt Harvey Performance

It was another happy Harvey Day at Citi Field.

It was another happy Harvey Day at Citi Field.

Matt Harvey delivered another beautiful performance this Sunday, throwing seven scoreless  innings and fanning 10 on the way to a 5-0 Mets victory. Harvey improved to 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA and 157 K’s on the year and added Cliff Lee to the list of All Star pitchers he has out-dueled this summer. The rugged young Mets ace made his 30th career start and broke several longtime Mets pitching records. Harvey now has a 2.38 career ERA, the franchise record through 30 games (which formerly belonged to Mets great Jerry Koosman who held a 2.39 ERA). On a day when another former great Mets pitcher, Doc Gooden, was honored with a bobblehead giveaway, Harvey continued building the legend of wunderkind Mets pitchers. It was a great day for baseball at Citi Field. Here are some observations from Harvey’s spectacular performance and another win for the suddenly hot Mets:

  • David Wright, who made his MLB debut 9 years ago today at Shea Stadium, had a strong day at the plate against the Philadelphia ace Cliff Lee, launching a solo shot in the bottom of the first and lacing a single to left field in the bottom of the fourth. These 9 years have been difficult for the Mets, but I’m pleased they have had Captain America consistently performing at high levels throughout the period. Wright is one home run away from Mike Piazza for second on the Mets all-time HR list.

  • While Harvey looked sharp throughout, and all of his pitches were working, Cliff Lee struggled through six rocky innings.  Lee has not been particularly good lately, and this was the third straight start in which he allowed four or more runs.

  • The Mets in general had a spectacular offensive series, putting up 8 runs on Friday in a losing effort (the highest scoring game in Citi Field history), 5 runs on Saturday, and 5 runs again today. According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, “Saturday’s win marked the Mets’ 15th straight game with at least eight hits, two games shy of the club’s longest streak (17 in 1987).”

  • Amidst much trade speculation, the Phillies struggled this weekend against a team that, despite what we’d like to think here at College Sports Town, is not among the best of the league. We welcome the idea of hated Phillies like Lee, Chase Utley, and Jonathan Papelbon being traded far away from the NL East. After the Phillies’ next couple series against the Cardinals and Phillies, it should be easier for Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. (or as he is known to lovely Phillies fans, Ruin Tomorrow Jr.) to decide whether to buy or sell.

  • It was another relatively strong attendance for the Mets at Citi Field, as the combined excitement of the Lee-Harvey matchup and the bobblehead giveaway likely enticed fans to head out to the ballpark.

  • Harvey took a no hitter into the fourth inning and batters continue to struggle mightily in their attempts to get hits against him. We here at College Sports Town are convinced that Matt will pitch a no-hitter in the next couple of seasons, but then again, this man never (officially) did. Let’s hope Matt is more fortunate than Pedro in this respect.

The Mets will aim to continue their winning ways against the first place Atlanta Braves. Dillon Gee will face off against Julio Teheran at Citi Field Monday night, and the Mets will have yet another giveaway (free headphones).

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4 responses to “Observations From Another Spectacular Matt Harvey Performance

  1. zpumz

    Reblogged this on Jockstrap Journal and commented:
    Matt Harvey might be too good, ruining careers and such. Chill out, bro.

  2. If Matt Harvey’s innings limit stays at 210, he will start 11-12 more games this season, so there aren’t that many opportunities left to see a super-stud in the making…
    Nice article!

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