Matt Harvey dominated the White Sox on Tuesday night.
And I mean, not just dominted. He d-o-m-i-n-a-t-e-d! True, I’ve been watching baseball for only a few years, but this was as good as a pitching performance as I had ever seen up until that day.I wasn’t able to watch the game, so I had to wait until I finished work and got home on Wednesday. But just by reading the boxscore I was really looking forward to watching the game.
Everybody knows the numbers by now: 9.0 IP, 12 K, 1 H, 0 BB. Everybody knows where this rates. Everybody read the game score of 97. But numbers cannot describe the sheer dominance. This game was a lot of fun to watch and one has to say that, up until now, Matt Harvey has been everything everybody expected him to be. Just as advertised.
Yes, he deserved a win in that game and the offense didn’t really help him. But from a defensive standpoint this was as good as it gets. And give credit to his opponent, the local kid Hector Santiago, too. He kept the game scoreless by throwing 7.0 IP with 4 H, 2 BB and 8 K, and that wasn’t just on luck.
I believe fans don’t expect much from the Mets this season, but the expectations on Harvey rise with each gem he delivers. Looking forward to Sunday already.