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.
Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.
Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.
Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.
Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.