Earlier this morning I shared the following thought on our Facebook Page:
“I’m most impressed with the jams he pitched out of. Terry Collins used the word “composure”. Hopefully, that is a permanent Harvey trait.”
I was particularly talking about the 3rd inning here. Yesterday, I talked about confidence. If the 3rd inning is indicative of what we will see with Harvey I think he is going to be A-Okay.
During the 3rd, Harvey got into a bit of a pickle and had to face Josh Kubel, a left-handed hitter leading the league in RBIs. He promptly sat him down and then got to a full count against Paul Goldschmidt, with the tying runs in scoring position. Impressively he has the nerve to throw a curveball, followed by an up and in fastball that was fouled off, finally getting the backwards K with a filthy 97 mph fastball on the outside corner.
At the beginning of the game, Gary Cohen brought up the fact that Mike Pelfrey was the last Mets 1st round pick to make his major league debut as a starting pitcher. The Mets won that game 17-1. A word of caution perhaps from big Gar.
After the first start there is one glaring difference between Pelfrey and Harvey. No, not the fact that Pelfrey licks his hands uncomfortably often. Harvey’s velocity combined with his breaking pitches gives him the opportunity to get hitters out in critical situations. Clearly documented above.
Obviously, it is way too early to anoint #33 as the next Tom Seaver. My guess is that he might struggle a bit early with high pitch counts because he will try to pitch to the strikeout rather than contact.
Regardless, I liked what I saw last night.