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Two wins in two starts. Fourteen innings pitched. One run allowed on four hits. Nineteen strikeouts.
Yes, it's been quite a start to the 2013 season for 24-year-old Matt Harvey.
The sky appears to be the limit for the University of North Carolina product. Despite not having his best stuff, he outdueled Doc Halladay of the Phillies Monday night by mixing his fastball, changeup and curveball effectively. It was not an efficient outing—he threw 110 pitches—but his moxie was on full display.
Manager Terry Collins was impressed.
“He was behind a lot of hitters, but it just tells you what quality stuff can do,” Collins told Andrew Keh of The New York Times. “When you make the pitch you’ve got to make, you can get people out.”
Harvey is pitching like an ace and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel knows it.
"He’s a top-of-the-rotation guy,” Manuel told Keh. “He threw a heck of a game.”
He sure did. Expect a lot more this season as well.