Originally posted on New York Mets Report  |  Last updated 4/14/13
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. HARVEY: How good can he become? (AP) 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 Nolan Ryan, who threw seven no-hitters, and trivia-question answer Jim Rooker. So far, Harvey has given up six hits and six walks with 25 strikeouts in 22 innings. We could spend all day discussing some of Harvey’s early-season numbers, not to mention what he could finish with in 15 years. Harvey didn’t throw a no-hitter in the minors or at North Carolina, but had a couple in high school in Connecticut. Pitchers will frequently say they weren’t aware they were pitching a no-hitter, but Harvey knew. He has a unique sense of awareness for someone with only 13 major league starts. “No, I knew. I knew,’’ Harvey said. “I peeked a couple of times, but I really didn’t know until the fourth or fifth inning or so.’’ He just seems to know, and that’s what makes him special. In a tweet, Gooden called Harvey, “the real deal.’’ It sure looks that way.
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