MMO Gallery: Matt Harvey In Action!
Petey Shoots Top Prospect Matt Harvey…
With His Camera, Silly...
Our own Petey Pete was on assignment this week covering the Buffalo Bisons on the road in Lehigh Valley as they took on the Iron Pigs. One of his many great moments included watching Matt Harvey toss an absolute gem… Well, I’ll just let him tell you all about it… JD
Sitting behind home plate on Wednesday and watching Matt Harvey deal, at 10:45am, I almost felt sorry for the hapless Iron Pigs hitters…..almost. It was not going to be their day, and they may have even wished they had stayed under-the-covers that morning, and called in sick.
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Harvey was virtually unhittable. He operated like a surgeon, slicing his way through the Iron Pigs line-up with a power curveball that was as sharp as any scalpel. He didn’t need to have razor-sharp control, but he did. He didn’t need to be dishing mid-90′s heat, but he did. He didn’t need to pound the lower part of the zone with every pitch, but he did. He threw 90 pitches (66 for strikes) over seven innings, and was simply masterful, and I don’t care who you threw out there to hit against him today, he was a tough, nasty assignment for any hitter to take on.
He only struck out five in his seven innings of work, but the K’s don’t tell the story. Players were swinging and getting a piece, but very few of the Pigs squared him up. He only gave up solid, well struck hits twice, on a single and a double in the 6th inning. Here is how much trouble the Iron Pigs had in making solid contact today against Harvey.
In the first inning, the Pigs went down: fly-out, ground out, strikeout. In the second: ground out, pop-out, pop-out. The third: ground out, strikeout, ground out. Fourth: ground out, strikeout, strikeout. Fifth: ground ball single, fly-out, soft single to CF, ground out, strikeout. Sixth: single, fly-out, fly-out, double, pop-out. Seventh: ground out, ground out, ground ball error, ground out. Mix in a two-run home run, and Harvey had quite a day for himself.
In talking to manager Wally Backman yesterday about his two talented, right-handed power pitchers, Harvey and Familia, Wally suggested they might both find themselves with September call-ups, if they stay healthy and continue their development. After watching Harvey pitch yesterday, the timetable for him may have just been moved up.
There are still other starters in line for promotions if another Mets starter were to go down. Deserving pitchers like Jeremy Hefner, and Garrett Olson. But with Schwinden up in Flushing with the big boys, Harvey is getting closer by the day.
About the Author: Peter Shapiro
The first time I went to Shea was not for a Mets game, it was for the Beatles concert there in August of '66. My first Met game was '67, a guy named Salty Parker was the interim-manager then. My first pennant race was 1969. As a 12 year-old that summer and fall, I managed to get to the park for 3 games. The first was the beginning of the Miracle which actually started on Tuesday July 8, 1969 with a day game against the Cubs. I was there a lot in '73. I saw games 3 & 5 of the 1973 NL Playoffs against the "Big Red Machine", from the upper deck behind home plate. It was from there that I witnessed the fight between Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose, and the mayhem that ensued. And that sweet victory in game 5! I saw a couple of WS games at Shea that year against that legendary Oakland A's club. I was there in 1985 for every single game Dr. K pitched including his two 16 strikeout performances, and the day he one-hit the Cubs on an infield single and the Mets won 1-0. I loved being a Met fan in those days. Hopefully we are once again preparing to emerge from the darkness.
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