Um, 12 strikeouts, no walks, one infield single over nine innings? Welp. Maybe those Mets fans chanting “Harvey’s better!” as Stephen Strasburg were on to something.
It only took 105 pitches to retire 27 of the 28 White Sox set before him on this fateful night in Flushing. Harvey carried a perfect game into the seventh inning, retiring the first 20 batters he faced before Alex Rios legged out an infield single. That would be all the White Sox would get against Harvey, who induced 16 swinging strikes and eight ground balls en route to posting a 97 game score on the ChiSox.
Matt Harvey, making his case for his own semi-religious celebration ala Stramas. Hell, I think Harvey Day might already be on that level. The Elias Sports Bureau, via ESPN Stats & Info, reports Matt Harvey is the first big league starter in 100 years to strikeout out 125 batters while allowing 25 or fewer runs across their first 17 starts.
Does that sound like a bunch of random nonsense? Of course. The takeaway: Matt Harvey is really good. Now you’re up to date.