Matt Harvey’s dominance dates back to the 2012 season, but he had never pitched a shutout or even a complete game before he took the mound to face the Rockies on Wednesday evening at Citi Field.
Harvey carved up a good Colorado lineup for nine scoreless innings, yielding just four hits on 106 pitches as the Mets grabbed a 5-0 victory. The 24-year-old right-hander had his entire arsenal working and struck out six batters without issuing a walk.
It was the first complete-game shutout for a Mets pitcher since knuckleballer R.A. Dickey threw one against the Marlins on August 31 of last season.
Harvey is now 9-3 with a 2.09 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 178/29 K/BB ratio in 159 2/3 innings.
Clayton Kershaw, the other prime contender for the National League Cy Young Award, is 10-7 with a 1.91 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 166/37 K/BB ratio in 174 1/3 innings.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.
This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.