By Mike Harrington
Matt Harvey's rapid ascent in baseball circles continued today as the New York Mets right-hander was named National League Pitcher of the Month for April.
Harvey, 24, went 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA and 46 strikeouts in six April games. His four wins tied for the NL lead, while his ERA ranked third and the strikeouts tied for fourth.
Harvey became the first MLB pitcher since 1900 to win his first four starts of the season while allowing no more than 10 hits combined in them. In a huge statistical oddity, Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore became the second pitcher to accomplish the feat the following week.
Harvey struck out 10 and went seven shutout innings in his season debut to beat San Diego, 8-4, on April 3. The 10 strikeouts marked Harvey’s third career double-digit strikeout game in his first 11 starts as a Met. That tied for the second-most in franchise history, behind only the four Dwight Gooden had in 1984. Pedro Martinez (1995), Nolan Ryan (1966-1968) and Jerry Koosman (1967-1968) also had three.
Harvey went 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA in 20 starts for the Bisons last season and was the NL Star of Stars at the Triple-A All-Star Game in Coca-Cola Field. He was 3-5, 2.73 in 10 starts for the Mets.