It wasn’t a perfect game and he did allow an infield single, but Matt Harvey was just about as close to perfect as one gets on Tuesday night against the White Sox.
Harvey didn’t walk a batter and struck out 12, but since the game went to extra innings because the Mets couldn’t score any runs of their own. He was the first player since 1900 to pitch nine innings, allow one hit, no walks and at least 12 strikeouts to take a no-decision.
Harvey scored a 97 on Bill James’ game score scale – which can go over 100. Since 1916, there have been just 40 pitchers to go nine innings and post a higher game score.
Mike Baxter’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Mets a 1-0 victory, with the win going to Bobby Parnell.
It’s a bit early to start thinking about this, but the Mets are hosting the All-Star game at Citi Field in July. Could Harvey be the NL’s starting pitcher?
No matter who starts the All-Star game, Harvey has been tremendous for the Mets this year. The Mets probably aren’t going to contend in the NL East this year and perhaps not even in 2014. But if Harvey can continue to pitch like an ace and if Zack Wheeler delivers as promised the team has the foundation of a strong rotation for years to come. And don’t forget about Jon Neise, who recently signed an extension.
Jeremy Hefner goes for the Mets tonight against Jake Peavy and the Chi Sox.
Meanwhile, in Denver, the Yankees got a great start from Hiroki Kuroda (7 hits and 2 runs over seven innings) but couldn’t score anything against Jorge De La Rosa in a 2-0 loss to the Rockies. Jayson Nix had two of the Yankees’ four hits in the game.
David Phelps pitches against 3-0 Juan Nicasio tonight at Coors Field.
Elsewhere in baseball…
- The Orioles beat the Royals, 4-3, as the beleaguered Kansas City bullpen blew another game after a quality start by Ervin Santana.
- The Red Sox managed four hits and three errors in a 6-1 loss to the Royals. David Ortiz went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak t o 27 games.
- Former Yankees farmhand Zach McAllister outdueled Tommy Millone in the Indians’ 1-0 win over the A’s. McAllister (3-3, 2.68 ERA) went to Cleveland for Austin Kearns in 2010.
- C.J. Wilson was tagged for seven runs, but only two of those were earned, as the Astros beat the Angels, 7-6.
- J.A. Happ was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Desmond Jennings in the second inning, but the Blue Jays used the bullpen to beat the Rays, 6-4.
- The Braves failed to hit a home run and lost to the Reds, 5-4. Sin Shoo Choo hit a pair of homers for the Reds.
- Tim Lincecum gave up nine hits, three walks and five runs over seven innings as the Phillies beat the Giants, 6-2.
What to watch tonight
- There are five early games today, all in NL parks.
- Wade Miley and Clayton Kershaw square off in a battle of lefties at Dodger Stadium late tonight.
- A.J. Griffin and Justin Masterson meet in a good pitching matchup tonight in Cleveland.
- Super prospect Allen Webster starts for the Red Sox at Fenway against the Twins. He gave up two runs over six innings in his major league debut earlier this season.
- Matt Moore, who has been the Matt Harvey of the AL this season (5-0, 1.95 ERA) takes on Ricky Romero and the Blue Jays at the Trop.