Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 3/13/13
In the past few days, reports have surfaced regarding Johan Santana‘s eligibility for throwing the first pitch of the 2013 season in April, citing “shoulder fatigue” as the primary reason. While there has been much debate on his future, the immediate question for the Mets should be who will start for them on Opening Day? While it is still a few weeks away and all signs point to Jonathan Niese being the inevitable replacement option, one pitcher has shown so much potential that he is making a case for that opportunity. That pitcher is Matt Harvey. At the tender age of 23 (he will be 24 on March 27), Harvey has emerged as more than a prospect and has become a major part of the Mets present rotation rather than their future expectations. His first full season will be this year, but if last season was any indication as to how he will respond at the MLB level, he is by far the best pitcher the Mets have. He deserves the chance to be considered as the Opening Day starter for three rea...
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