Take the first pitch ever thrown to you as a big leaguer and drive it over the left-center field fence for a home run. Get the first one out of the way in a hurry, I always say.

Note: we also would accept striking out 11 Arizona Diamondbacks in your first career appearance, setting a team record previously held by Tom Seaver.

New York Mets blue chipper Matt Harvey was off his ass last night in his big league debut, showing pinpoint control and a high-ninties fastball that straight-up embarassed some D-backs hitters. 18 swinging strikes versus just three hits and three walks? Sounds good to me. Harvey becomes just the 11th pitcher since the 1969 to post at least 10 strikeouts and a game score of 70 in his big league debut. For whatever that is worth.


The Starling Marte Liberation Movement got off to a roaring start, as seen above. Not only is Marte now free of the minor league shackles, holding him down too long in the esteem of some, Marte also frees the aspirational Pirates from the endless parade of replacement level garbage they continue to trot out in the corner outfield.

In addition to his explosive introduction to the big league world, Marte added an infield single as well as getting caught being greedy on the basepaths in the fifth inning.

Both Matt Harvey and Starling Marte made incredible impressions in their first taste of big league action. Based on these one game samples, I think we can all agree the sculptor in charge of Cooperstown busts better get busy.

Comments (3)

  1. JP Arencibia says hi.

  2. Harvey was very impressive, indeed. Here’s a gif I made of his first strikeout: http://twoseamstats.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/clip0011_stream0.gif
    I’ve been watching it for approximately 8 minutes on loop.

  3. Not to get too crazy over one start, but a rotation including Jon Niese, Harvey and Zach Wheeler has the potential to make me a very horny man indeed.

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