Matt Harvey makes the cover of Sports Illustrated
- Updated: May 14, 2013
And this week, he’ll be forever immortalized on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
In just his first full season in the big leagues, the former Fitch High School star is becoming as beloved off the field as he is dominant on it.
Much like former young Mets pitching sensations Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden, Harvey has dominated hitters to the tune of a .143 opponents’ batting average, which leads the league by 20 points.
He’s 4-0 with a major league leading 1.44 ERA and 62 strikeouts (which ranks fourth in the N.L.).
And like Seaver and Doc, Harvey has become a phenomenon for the perpetually downtrodden, crazily passionate group that call themselves Mets fans.
Callers to New York’s WFAN radio rave about him, projecting Cy Young awards and World Series MVP trophies.
“I wish he could pitch every day,” said WTNH’s resident Mets fan James Campbell. “We’d be the best team in the league.”
Harvey won the National League Player of the Month award in April.
After seeing the cover and headline “The Dark Knight of Gotham,” Harvey tweeted this:
“I guess there was a reason why I was Batman for probably six years in a row as kid for Halloween!”
The pride of Fitch High School next takes the rubber on Friday, when the Mets face the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley. Despite his dominance, Harvey hasn’t won a decision since April 19, mainly because the Mets are, well…the Mets.