Just a day before sports attention is drawn to the London Olympics, which begin on Friday, the eyes of New York Mets fans will be drawn to Phoenix, as the team will be attempting to end a monumental losing skid with a rookie pitcher from Connecticut making his Major League debut. Matt Harvey, the Mets’ first-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, will step onto a Major League mound for the first time in Phoenix in a series-opening contest against the Diamondbacks. The Mets have lost 13 of theirlast 14 games.
Harvey, who attended Fitch High School in Groton, went 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA in 20 starts for Triple-A Buffalo, with 112 strikeouts in 110 innings. Harvey, 23, is 6’4” and weighs 224 lbs. In his two seasons in the minors, Harvey is 20-10 with a 3.48 ERA and struck out 268 batters in 245 2/3 innings.
The Hartford Courant’s Dom Amore has surveyed some Connecticut-connected former major leaguers about their first game in the majors, as all eyes in Mets-land turn to Harvey and hope. Read the rest of the story.