It is a misnomer to say Matt Harvey is the first Mets’ pitcher worth anticipating watching since Dwight Gooden.
The Mets have had several pitchers who made you wonder in anticipation before their starts over the years, but it was what they might do that day or for that season.
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However, they have had three in their five-decade history that by the magic in their arms and icy cold demeanor forced you to wonder if you weren’t watching one of the great ones.
And, when you knew you were, you considered yourself lucky.
There’s Tom Seaver and Gooden, of course, now it is Harvey making you wonder.
Yesterday Harvey lost a no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning in what turned out to be a 4-2 victory in frigid Minnesota. In that game, Harvey not only lowered his ERA to a microscopic 0.82, but became just the third pitcher since 1945 to start the season with three consecutive starts of three or fewer hits allowed in seven-plus innings.
The others were ...