PHOENIX The Diamondbacks understood that Mets rookie right-hander Matt Harvey had a quality repertoire, but there was a matching belief that Harvey might bring a case of butterflies into his major league debut Thursday. The stuff was all that showed up.
Harvey set a modern major league record by striking out at least 10 and getting two hits in his first start, using a 98 mph fastball and an assortment of secondary stuff to hold off the D-backs, 3-1, at Chase Field. The D-backs, who lost their second straight, had only three hits in 5 13 scoreless innings off Harvey, who got 11 of his 16 outs by strikeout.
"You hear you are facing a guy in his major league debut, you are kind of licking your chops a little bit," D-backs left fielder Jason Kubel said.
"Hoping he would be a little amped in spots and leave balls over the plate, but he just didn't do that. You kind of think it would be kind of hard for him, too" facing a team for the first time, "but it d...