Fantasy Baseball Friday: Believe in Matt Harvey


by Alex Hall (@AlexKHall )

Alright, so I’m probably not the first fantasy baseball writer to try to make a Dark Knight reference when referring to New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey. Considering the amount of people who panicked over his bad start against San Diego though, the reference actually holds some weight.

Harvey saw an eight percent drop in ownership in Yahoo! Leagues after his unexpected struggles against the not-so-mighty Padres on August 5. Managers need to stop overreacting and remember why they were so excited to pick up the young Met in the first place.

Harvey was one of, if not the most highly touted pitching prospect in New York’s farm system before getting the call to the MLB on July 26.

After being selected 7th overall in the 2010 MLB amateur draft, he lit up the minor leagues beginning in 2011 when he posted a 13-5 record with a 3.32 ERA during his time with the Mets Single-A and Double-A affiliates. Before getting the call in 2012, he posted a 3.68 ERA with a 9.2 strikeouts-per-nine-innings ratio with Triple-A Buffalo.

If you’re one of the managers that picked up Harvey after he got promoted to the Mets, don’t get discouraged by his bad start against the Padres. Especially considering the pick up immediately paid off.

In his first major league start, the young hurler shutout the Arizona Diamondbacks through 5.1 innings and struck out 11 batters on the road. Chase Field is one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in the MLB and Harvey allowed just three hits in his debut there.

After shutting down the D-Backs at home, the Connecticut-born Met went out west to AT&T Park to play the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Harvey again kept the strikeout count high with seven on the night and just two earned runs given up in six innings.

Managers never want to see one of their pitchers roughed up by the Padres in the pitcher heaven known as Petco Park, but Harvey again delivered the strikeouts with five on the night. Even though he gave up just as many earned runs as batters he struck out, there’s no reason to cut ties with this starter.

This guy is a fine young talent and should be owned in all 10-team or deeper NL-only leagues as well as 12-team or deeper mixed leagues. There is still plenty of reason to believe in Matt Harvey.

Photo Credit Michel G Baron

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