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.