Matt Harvey was one of the most electric pitchers to wear a New York Mets uniform in recent years. His rise and fall in Flushing are unmatched.
With the seventh pick in the 2010 MLB draft, the New York Mets selected right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey out of the UNC Chapel Hill. His repertoire featured a mid to high 90s fastball, biting slider, and a changeup, all of which scouts said would be successful at the next level.
Harvey quickly moved through the Mets minor league system, making his Major League debut on July 26, 2012, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Harvey set a Mets record for strikeouts in a debut with 11 and got the victory in a three-hit performance. Mets fans had something to be excited about, as it looked like the new Tom Seaver had joined the big league club for years to come.
Little did we all know, Harvey would have one of the most topsy turvy careers in team history, and it would end with a sour taste in both his and the Mets mouth.
In 2013, Harvey emerged as a star in the league. He pitched to a 9-5 record that season with a 2.27 ERA, earning him a spot on the All-Star team at the break. He was given the ball to start the All-Star game, which was played in New York at Citi Field, and tossed two scoreless innings.
Thus, the Dark Knight persona was born.
Harvey was coined the hero of Gotham, and he was dominating opposing hitters with a presence on the mound that Met fans hadn’t seen in a long time.
Towards the end of the 2013 All-Star caliber season, Harvey was diagnosed with the dreaded torn UCL, requiring Tommy John surgery, and a rehab process that would keep him sidelined for the entire 2014 season.
Fans were devastated, but Harvey promised to come back stronger and better than ever. Often times, pitchers return from TJ surgery throwing harder than before, and Harvey confirmed that narrative by putting up fantastic numbers in 2015.