Matt Harvey named the National League’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2015
All things considered, Matt Harvey truly had a remarkable season in 2015.
Harvey went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 189 1/3 innings during the regular season in 2015, allowing only 156 hits and 37 walks with 188 strikeouts in 29 starts.
He went on to go 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA in 26 2/3 innings over four starts during the postseason, combining to throw 216 innings in 2015, the most for any pitcher in their first full season back from Tommy John Surgery, which Harvey underwent in October, 2013.
For his efforts, Harvey has been named the National League’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2015.
Harvey won his first five outings of the season, becoming the fifth pitcher in franchise history to do so, and the first since Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez in 2006. In addition, he joined Dwight Gooden (1986 and 1989) and Armando Reynoso (1997 and 1998) as the only pitchers in Mets history to get off to a 5-0 start in multiple seasons (also 2013).
He went 7-4 with a 2.05 ERA over his final 17 starts dating back to June 16th, marking the fourth-best ERA in the Majors over that span behind Jake Arrieta (1.07), Zack Greinke (1.47) and Clayton Kershaw (1.48). Over four August starts, the 26-year-old went 2-0 with a Major League-leading 0.33 ERA, yielding just one run over 27.0 innings.
The seventh overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft now has 15 career scoreless starts, tied with Vida Blue for the second-most such starts in a pitcher’s first 65 career games over the last 100 years, trailing only Gooden (16). In that time, his 449 strikeouts are the eighth-most for any pitcher through his first 65 career starts.