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Ex-Bisons ace Harvey named NL Pitcher of the Month

Matt Harvey has been dealing. (Associated Press)

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.


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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