Throughout 2013, Mets 101 has looked at the tremendous All Star Game history for the New York Mets and their players. This has taken place in our All Star Memories series, where we have looked at the 1964 All Star Game and various All Star appearances by Mets players. We wrap up the player portion of our All Star Memories series today with a look at the latest Mets All Star, starting pitcher Matt Harvey. Harvey took the baseball world by storm in 2013, starting off the season as the Mets number two starter and hitting the All Star Break as a bona fide star.
2013: Harvey was named the starting pitcher for the All Star Game by National League Manager Bruce Bochy. Harvey was named the starter largely because the game was held at Citi Field, which ruffled the feathers of Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw may have been a better starter statistically, and even ended up winning the Cy Young Award at the end of the year, but the All Star Game was Harvey's night to shine. Harvey was slated to face a murderer's row of hitters, and he came out ready to go.
Harvey was amped up out of the gate, and was throwing a lot harder than normal early on. Harvey got into trouble in the top of the first inning when he allowed a leadoff double to Angels' outfielder Mike Trout and plunked Yankees' second baseman Robinson Cano to put two on with none out. Harvey rebounded by striking out Tigers' first baseman Miguel Cabrera, getting Baltimore's Chris Davis to fly out to center, and striking out Toronto's Jose Bautista to end the frame. Harvey came out much crisper in the top of the second inning, recording a perfect second inning and picking up another strikeout to end his night successfully. Harvey pitched two innings in the game, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out three. The AL would go on to win the game, however, 3-0.
Harvey would continue to pitch well for the Mets in the second half, but he was shut down in late August after an MRI revealed a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The injury meant that Harvey would have to undergo Tommy John surgery in October, effectively knocking him out for the entire 2014 season. Harvey is currently rehabbing with a goal of making it back to the mound for Opening Day in 2015.
Check back next week as our All Star Memories Series concludes with a look back at the 2013 All Star Game!
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