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 Baseball-Reference.com 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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