Matt Harvey sure looked ready for prime time last night. In his major league debut, Harvey pitched 5.1 scoreless innings, did not allow a run and broke Tom Seaver’s franchise record for strikeouts in a debut. And for good measure, Harvey went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double. He finished the night with 11 strikeouts and it was fun to watch a Mets starter blow the ball past opposing hitters.
According to Brooks Baseball, Harvey averaged 94.88 miles per hour with his four-seam fastball and topped out at 98. According to FanGraphs, here are the average fastball velocities for the other starters for the Mets this season:
Niese – 90.6
Gee – 90.2
Santana – 88.4
Young – 84.4
Dickey – 83.4
FanGraphs does not distinguish between two and four-seam fastballs, and as Harvey had two fastballs that weren’t four-seamers, his overall FG fastball velocity will be a few ticks lower. Still, this is a substantial difference in velocity.
The 2012 leaderboards show 17 qualified starters with an average...