A .196 opponents batting average, league-leading 147 strikeouts, and ridiculous 4.2 wins above replacement. Yeah, New York Mets Mets ace Matt Harvey was almost a no-brainer to start tomorrow’s All-Star Game at Citi Field.
There were other deserving candidates, for sure. (Hello, Clayton Kershaw!) But the chance to see this slider against the best American League hitters must be fulfilled.
Plus, Harvey’s starts are always interesting. He was well on his way to a no-hitter last month when this unfortunate series of events occurred.
His American League counterpart will be Max Scherzer, who’s 13-1 for Detroit this season.
Big Apple vs Motown: @MattHarvey33 and Max Scherzer ready to go. #ASG
Should be a stellar matchup between two of the year’s best hurlers, but when a pitcher like Harvey can go 1-2-3, 98-98-100 mph at will against opposing hitters, the edge here is clear, inexperience be damned.
This’ll be the biggest night of the year for Mets fans, with the possibility of a highly memorable Pedro-in-Fenway moment if Harvey does well. 8 p.m. tomorrow night on Fox: be there.