Our own Craig Lerner came up with several bold predictions of his own last week, so I thought I would throw my own into the mix.
We saw the triumphant debut of the Mets 2010 1st-round draft pick Matt Harvey, providing one of very few bright spots in an otherwise dreary second half of the 2012 season. He came up and looked like the pitcher we have been told about, and in many cases dreamed about. Pitching to a 2.73 ERA, the same exact figure of teammate and likely Cy Young award-winner R.A. Dickey, Harvey was absolutely dominant. Now that the allure of a rookie campaign is over, we have to wonder if we can expect such a high level of performance from Harvey for years to come.
My answer to that question is yes. In the 10 starts he had in 2012, I don’t believe everyone realizes just how solid Harvey was. In addition to the fantastic ERA, the rookie had 70 punchouts in only 59.1 innings pitched, that’s a 10.6 SO/9!
Could Harvey be in the mix for the Cy Young Award in 2013?
He didn’t nec...