1. Matt Harvey, RHP, 26-Years Old
He is the ace, the anchor, and the heart of not only the rotation, but the entire franchise.
He is the face of the organization, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
The thing that makes Matt Harvey as special as he is, is his complete willingness to completely take over and assume responsibility of situations. If he’s not pitching like the man, he’s going to be ticked off at himself to such a ridiculous point.
Despite enduring his worst stretch as a professional his last four-starts, Harvey is still the guy.
During his rookie season he made 10 starts. He finished with a 2.73 ERA and 70 strikeouts in just 59.1 innings pitched.
He then topped off that brilliant stretch in 2013 with a 2.27 ERA with 191 strikeouts in 178.1 innings. Due to this crazy season, he was given the ball at the All-Star Game for the National League, hosted by Citi Field.
It seemed the only thing that could’ve stopped this guy from rolling along was an injury, which is exactly what happened.
Not surprisingly, he bounced back early this season until this recent rough patch.
Many Mets fans are worried about this guy right now. Anywhere you turn, whether it’s the radio, newspaper or local news, Harvey’s issues are being discussed with anxious an panicky adjectives and verbs.
The brilliant thing about Harvey is his makeup. It’s his work ethic and bulldog attitude that carries him through tough times like these.
Although he’s yet to experience it, I ask you this: is there anybody else you’d take over Harvey to start a due or die October ball-game?