It’s not often that a Spring Training game garners attention from every media outlet across the country, but that’s exactly what transpired last Friday when New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey took the mound against the Detroit Tigers.
For the first time in nearly 18 months, the Amazin’s ace toed the rubber in Port St. Lucie and put on a show for the capacity crowd at Tradition Field.
Harvey tossed two picture perfect innings retiring all six batters he faced and notched three strikeouts along the way. No. 33 threw just 25 pitches in his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery back in October of 2013. After missing the entire 2014 campaign, questions began to surface as to whether Harvey could regain his old form and dial up the powerful velocity that produced a stellar 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts over 26 starts in 2013.
Topping out at 99-MPH, Harvey answered most of his critics and did not exceed the pitch limit of 35 the coaching staff set for him. While manager Terry Collins hasn’t committed to his opening day starter, it appears that the Mets are taking a measured approach to Harvey’s return to the diamond.
Mets fans are anxiously waiting for their prized gunslinger to headline a talented starting rotation and Harvey’s first action since 2013 was a very promising start.