With the way Matt Harvey is pitching to begin his career he is drawing comparisons to some of the greatest right-handed starting pitchers of all-time.
But who is the young fire-baller best compared to this early in his career?
Let’s take a look at the numbers to see if we can find a comparison.
The numbers below are for each player’s first 20 starts.
Matt Harvey – 8W, 5L, 2.30ERA, 0CG, 0SHO, 129.1IP, 83H, 34R, 33ER, 9HR, 43BB, 144SO.
Roger Clemens – 9W, 4L, 4.32ERA, 5CG, 1SHO, 133.1IP, 146H, 67R, 64ER, 13HR, 29BB, 126SO.
Dwight Gooden – 9W, 6L, 2.80ERA, 2CG, 1SHO, 133IP, 101H, 49R, 43ER, 4HR, 57BB, 162SO.
Justin Verlander – 11W, 6L, 3.55ERA, 1CG, 1SHO, 114IP, 109H, 47R, 45ER, 12HR, 46BB, 82SO.
Tom Seaver – 10W, 6L, 2.92ERA, 11CG, 0SHO, 148IP, 135H, 53R, 48ER, 14HR, 40BB, 98SO.
You can see why Harvey has been compared to these greats. His stats are similar or even better then most of the pitchers he’s being compared to.
His numbers better each of the other four pitchers in ERA, hits allowed, runs allowed and earned runs allowed.
His strike out total is second only to Gooden and his walks are lower then everyone but Clemens, while he sits tied with Seaver.
His win total isn’t as high as his comparables, but it’s not far behind and when you consider that Harvey has not played on a winning team early in his career, that number could potentially be higher.
You must also consider that this era of hitter packs more punch then the hitters Clemens, Gooden and Seaver faced on the mound and considering this fact, Harvey has done an outstanding job limiting the amount of home runs and hits he has allowed.
To say that Harvey’s impressive start to his career is comparable to these great pitchers from the past and present is fair, but a more honest opinion would have to be that Harvey is setting himself apart by continuing to dominate hitters.
If he continues to chew up his competition and we’re not witnessing some kind of fluke, Harvey may eventually separate himself from being compared to others and become the pitcher future stars are compared to.
Only time will tell; but based on his current performance this is definitely a scenario that can happen, one that Mets fans would love to be a part of.