Coming up at Citi Field, the night Mets fans have eagerly anticipated for more than a year and a half: Matt Harvey back on the mound in Queens.
John Schweibacher’s little-known facts, odd stats and strange records: home opener edition.
Now that’s how you return from Tommy John surgery. Mets ace Matt Harvey impressed everyone in the ballpark in his first start in nearly 20 months.
The headline says it all.
Boomer and Craig were collectively beside themselves after their young ace came up well, aces, and you could hear it in their tone.
Matt Harvey was dynamic in his return from Tommy John surgery, outpitching Stephen Strasburg with six scoreless innings, regularly reaching 97 mph and striking out nine.
Matt Harvey is set to make his first regular-season mound appearance in over 500 days, and to celebrate his return, we gloss over his seven best performances.
Matt Harvey has been itching to help the Mets. That day has finally arrived. New York’s ace, with his surgically repaired elbow, will take the mound Thursday afternoon in Washington.
“I’m just saying for every starter they have, we have the same guy who has done it before, been in World Series and won World Series games. That’s why I don’t think it’s a battle.”
Asked during an ESPN profile about the Wilpon family and whether he thinks they want him to buy a house in the Connecticut suburbs, get a station wagon and get married, Harvey said: “I have one father, basically.”
No one can guarantee it will ever happen. These are the Mets, after all. But the foundation exists. The Yanks have left the door wide open.
Harvey capped an exemplary spring training by striking out four in four innings Thursday as the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals played a 0-0 tie in their Grapefruit League finale.
Pitching on his 26th birthday, Harvey allowed one run and three hits in 4 1-3 innings, striking out five and walking none.
The big names for the New York Mets this season: Matt Harvey, David Wright, Tommy John.
If the Mets expect to be relevant this year, Matt Harvey will pitch plenty of pressure games. Opening Day is not one of them. It’s just one of 162.