From Elias: Matt Harvey struck out eight batters against the Reds on Thursday, bringing his total to 34 in his five major-league games. The only pitchers who debuted in the major leagues with the Mets and had that many strikeouts in their first five starts are Nolan Ryan (39) and Dwight Gooden (36).
Harvey was also the first player in the modern era to collect two hits while totaling double-digit strikeouts in his MLB debut. He has held batters to a ridiculous .191 AVG through his first 30 MLB innings / 5 starts. I figured we needed a little positivity around here.
First off, I should explain that I am in the group of people that questions why Harvey was called up so quickly. There is no doubt in my mind he has an impressive repertoire of pitches and he pitches with a nice level of maturity. However, in a season that was basically given up on by the Administration, why force up Harvey when he could have got a little more seasoning in the minors?
Putting my feelings on the early call...