Mets’ Matt Harvey — Historically-Good Start to a Career

Baseball fans — and especially Mets fans — are starting to take notice of the Mets young starter.  ESPN reports that the start of his career places him among all-time great starts to a career.


Among pitchers who made at least 25 starts in their first 30 big league appearances, Hank Thormahlen’s 2.15 ERA is the lowest since 1916 (the first year for which has game-by-game data). Meanwhile, Jim Hardin has the lowest WHIP (0.99) and Kerry Wood the highest K’s-per-nine ratio (12.29). Among pitchers who made only starts for their first 30 appearances, Stephen Strasburg has the lead in ERA (2.50).


In case you haven’t noticed, Harvey — granted through only 14 starts — has a lower ERA than Thormahlen or Strasburg did and a lower WHIP than Hardin. His K’s-per-nine ratio, meanwhile, would place him eighth since 1916. (That’s assuming, naturally, that he maintains those numbers through his 30th start.)


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