City Sports Report

Matt Harvey, New York Mets Off to Fast Start by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

The New York Mets have won five of their first seven games to start the 2013 Major League Baseball season, and while it might be a bit too early to get excited about a team that was wildly predicted to be under .500 for the season by many baseball pundits, there is one reason for the Mets faithful to get excited, and his name is Matt Harvey.

Harvey, the New London, Connecticut, product who was the seventh overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft, is showing great early returns after making his big-league debut in late July last season. In two starts this season, Harvey, a power pitcher who throws his fastball consistently above 90 miles per hour, has struck out 19 batters in 14 innings while only allowing one run. Harvey is scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Twins in Minnesota and follow that up with his next home start a week from Friday when the Mets host the Washington Nationals.

Team captain and third baseman David Wright is off to a good start this season, with eight hits in his first 24 at bats, but has yet to hit a homer. Ike Davis meanwhile, who got off to a horrendous start to the season last year, has hit one homer, but is only 4-27 with 10 strikeouts. The biggest offensive surprise for the Mets has been John Buck, who leads in hits, (9-24 on the season), home runs with three, and runs batted in, with 12.

With 155 games left in the season, it is far too early to raise expectations for the team on the field, but, in 24-year old Matt Harvey, the New York Mets may have a top of the rotation starter for years to come, and, perhaps more.

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