NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — No surprise here: Matt Harvey will be getting the ball for the National League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Citi Field.
The New York Mets ace was officially named the NL starting pitcher by manager Bruce Bochy on Monday. The Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer will start for the American League.
“What a tremendous year he’s had,” Bochy said. “It really wouldn’t have mattered which city we were playing in.”
Harvey said he’d use the start as fuel to drive him further in his career.
“The fans have been great and I’m very excited,” he said.
Harvey told WFAN radio last month that he wanted the honor at the Mets’ home ballpark.
“That would be a huge adrenaline rush,” Harvey told Mike Francesa on June 19. “And it would be the start of hopefully something great, to have my first All-Star Game at home and hopefully get a chance to start it.”
Harvey is 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and a league-leading 147 strikeouts.
“This guy is the most dominant pitcher, and I’ve played behind some great ones,” Mets captain David Wright said Monday on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show. “He generates the buzz of Pedro Martinez or Johan Santana and has the stuff to go out there and absolutely dominate lineups. And he’s done that.”
Wright, who will captain the NL’s Home Run Derby team, was selected to his seventh All-Star Game. He’ll start at third base and hit cleanup for Bochy on Tuesday.
The Mets scratched Harvey from his last scheduled start on Saturday. The 24-year-old was dealing with a blister issue on his right index finger.
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