In the 1980’s, Dwight Gooden, made Friday night games at Shea stadium the place to be. He owned the decade and seemed to be pitching every Friday night at Shea, making it the hottest ticket in town. Matt Harvey, is well aware of this and looks to give Citi Field its first bit of electricity tonight. I don’t expect the Mets to sell out, its early and this team has not won over the hearts of fans just yet, but tonight could be the start of something special if Harvey is able to rise to the occasion once again as he takes on Stephen Strasburg.
Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg are two of the best young pitchers in the game today. This game isn’t just ace-vs-ace, it also represents future-vs-future. Both of these young aces are the players that each organization looks to build around for the years to come. The Nationals have already surrounded Straburg will a strong core and are the favorites to win the NL this year. The Mets look to copy their blue print and hope to be contending with the Nationals in the near future. These two aren’t going anywhere, Harvey and Strasburg are both only 24, this hopes to be the first of many match-ups between the two.
Harvey, has gotten off to a dominant start, sitting at 3-0 with a 0.82 era and drawing attention all around baseball as a rising star. Last week, he was named the NL pitcher of the week for his success. In what is going to be a rebuilding year for the Mets, as young players will begin to emerge, Harvey looks to be the ace the Mets so desperately need. Straburg, is already well established coming off a 2012 season where he showed his greatness going 15-6 with a 3.16 era on his way to an all-star game appearance, before being shut down for an innings limit, but that’s a whole other discussion. He has gotten off to a mixed start sitting at 1-2 on the year but has a low era of just 2.95.
The Mets have not seen much excitement for many games at Citi field, besides opening day games since opening in 2009. This is the first game that I can remember that has any real buzz surrounding it, as fans are excited to watch these two flame throwers go head-to-head this evening. I look forward to heading out to Citi Field tonight and watching these two go at it in person.