In a showdown of two of the most promising pitchers in baseball, both only 24 years old, Matt Harvey outdueled Stephen Strasburg in a 7-1 Mets victory.
NEW YORK — The prodigy walked in a little edgy.
Matt Harvey was fired up for Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals when he showed up at Citi Field Friday afternoon. Too fired up.
“He was a little grouchy,” New York Mets manager Terry Collins said. “When your manager walks up to you (before 4 p.m.) and the first thing you want to do is bite his head off, you’re a little bit on the edge.”
But Harvey was ready to pitch, even if Collins had to calm him down.
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In a showdown of two of the most promising pitchers in baseball, both only 24 years old, Harvey outdueled Strasburg in a 7-1 Mets victory.
Harvey was the seventh pick of the 2010 draft, Strasburg the first pick in 2009. But the Mets’ right-hander was No. 1 on Friday, prompting chants of “Har-vey’s bet-ter! Har-vey’s bet-ter!” from a crowd of 26,675 that included former Mets ace Dwight Gooden.
“When I was younger, I wanted to be that guy,” said Harvey, who grew up in nearby Connecticut. “For him to come out for one of my starts, it was kind of mind-boggling.”
Perhaps fueled by pregame adrenaline, Harvey’s fastball consistently sat between 94 and 98 mph, with a 91-mph slider and a changeup at 89.
“I came out a little too pumped up,” he admitted after the game.
In his 14th career start, Harvey allowed four hits in seven innings. He left to a roaring crowd chanting his name after escaping a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh. The only blemish was a run-scoring single by Chad Tracy.
With that one run, Harvey’s earned-run average increased to a microscopic 0.93.
“He’s still a young, young player yet,” Collins said. “We have to understand that what he’s accomplished is certainly outstanding, but he’s still a young guy.”
BOSTON — The lockdown and massive police manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings forced postponement of the Royals-Red Sox game.
Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, is about a mile from the site of Monday’s bombings.
“There are bigger things at stake here than baseball,” said Kansas City infielder Elliot Johnson in a post on twitter.
The NHL game between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins was also postponed.
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