Matt Harvey will be faced with his biggest challenges of the year in his next two starts against the Reds and Yankees. Early on Harvey has proven himself to be one of the best young pitcher’s in the game and arguably has been the best pitcher in the National League to date.
I think Harvey has been fantastic, far better than I even could have imagined, but he hasn’t exactly pitched against the strongest teams. It’s not that this is his fault, his job is to pitch every 5th day against whoever that games falls against. His two strongest opponents have been the Nationals and Pirates, both of whom he beat, but he did catch the Nationals early on when they were struggling.
Harvey has the type of attitude that he wants to pitch against the best, he seems eager to take on these challenges and prove himself to be better than the rest. These next two starts could be statement games for the young ace as he takes on two very formidable line ups. The Reds are a very good offensive team, who looked poised to make another trip to the postseason. I’m looking forward to seeing him take Joey Votto, Brandon Philips and Jay Bruce head on tonight in what will be the best line up he has seen.
His biggest start is slotted to take place on Tuesday against the crosstown rival Yankees. This is the game that both Mets and Yankees fans are most excited far during next weeks subway series. For Mets fans, we have had very little to cheer about this season, besides when Harvey takes the mound. Fans would love to see him shut down the Yankees, giving them at least one day of bragging rights of having the best young arm in the city, possibly the game.
For Yankees fans, well they have had plenty to cheer about as the Yankees have been one of the biggest surprises in all of baseball. They have seemingly done everything right this season, despite all the injuries they have dealt with. The only day the Yankees are not the back page headline? When Matt Harvey starts. They would love to stop this Harvey love fest for at least one game.
I don’t have much doubt that Matt Harvey is up to the challenge. I think tonight will be a great warm up game of sorts as he takes on this Reds line up in preparation for his start against the Yankees. These are the moments that he seems to live for and his start against the Yankees may very well big the biggest stage his pitches on this whole season.