With all of the pitching that the New York Mets have, you could say that their top three, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, and Jacob deGrom, may all be in the running for the 2016 Cy Young Award. Of the three, howeve,r I believe it is Harvey who is is primed to have the Cy Young-caliber season.
It’s hard to envision him not in the running for the illustrious award. He is coming off a full, healthy season, his first since having Tommy John surgery in late 2013. After missing the entire 2014 season, Harvey returned last year and didn’t miss a beat.
After pitching to a 9-5 record with a 2.27 ERA in 2013, Harvey pitched to a 13-8 record along with a 2.71 ERA in 2015. But the key stat for him was that he pitched 189.1 innings in 2015. That was huge for someone who took off an entire year. Due to his great comeback year, Harvey won the 2015 National League Comeback Player of the Year. In the 2015 postseason, Harvey pitched to a 2-0 record with a 3.04 ERA in 26.2 innings. Those were some good numbers for the first postseason of his young career.
Harvey’s arsenal of pitches, when he’s on, provides hitters with seemingly no chance at the plate. In 2015, he relied primarily on his 4-seam Fastball (96mph), also mixing in a Slider (90mph), Curve (84mph) and Change-up (89mph). So everything Harvey throws has some gusto behind it.
There is a good deal of debate over who is the true ace of the Mets staff, but one can’t debate just how good Harvey is, and how good he can be. He is the type of pitcher that teams build around, and at 26 years old, the sky is the limit for the Dark Knight of Gotham. 2016 is going to be the breakout year for the Mets and Harvey, the cherry on top would be Harvey bringing home the Cy Young award.