From Matt Harvey‘s first step on the mound last night, you could see the determination in his eyes. Even on a FREEZING night at Citi Field, Harvey brought enough HEAT to set Citi on fire! He pitched a brilliant, dominating 7 shutout innings of one hit ball with just 2 walks and count ‘em 10 STRIKEOUTS!! Those 10Ks give Harvey the 4th most strikeouts (70) in his first 10 starts, joining a list led by Pedro Martinez (83).
This guy is nasty!! When he got his first hit, Harvey stayed on the bases with his short sleeves on and endured the cold without a jacket! According to the pitcher, “a jacket doesn’t belong on a baseball field.” Wow, can he be anymore of an athlete?!
If you missed his performance last night, check out this recap from mets.com–> here
Last night I saw a tweet from a sports writer saying something like: There is no doubt that Matt Harvey is the Mets ace and the most exciting thing happening in NY baseball. I couldn’t agree more! Even though I love getting a win, just seeing Harvey’s growth from last year, even from Spring Training, gives me a great deal of hope for his future with the team. Just watching Harvey throw the ball gives me chills because I know I’m watching something amazing. People want to say he is the future of this organization, but I think he’s the present as well. Matt Harvey brings that “something” back to the Mets rotation that I remember feeling with Johan and Pedro. That every time he takes the mound, there is electricity in the air! I can’t wait until his next start!
To add to Harvey’s phenomenal performance, Mets offense blew out the Padres with the long ball in this 8-2 win. Despite the frigid weather, Mets bats were alive and kicking. Lucas Duda, John Buck (another one of the new Mets showing their stuff), and Ike Davis all blasted 2-run homers! Before his homer, Davis was 0 for 7 to start the season, but his bomb (that almost hit the Shea Bridge) broke that streak. Seeing these guys, especially Duda and Davis, bringing out their power is really exciting. They were the missing parts of our offense last year and in order to keep this type of offensive surge going throughout the season, it is essential that Duda and Davis take on that power role like we know they can.
COMING UP:: Dillon Gee finally steps back on the mound to start his season as the Mets try to sweep the Padres right back to San Diego for their first series sweep of 2013. Tune in to SNY for first pitch at 1:10 PM.
METS NEWS:: Zack Wheeler makes his Las Vegas Triple A debut tonight! Let’s see how this guy handles pitching in Las Vegas knowing he is that close to making it up to the bigs.