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Matt Harvey finishes strong, joins elite company before being shut down by Mets

New York Mets v Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 26: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets delivers his first Major League Baseball pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 26, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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Matt Harvey’s final start of the season was delayed one day by a rain and the Mets rookie tossed seven innings of one-run, one-hit ball against the Phillies last night before being shut down to limit his workload.

Harvey finishes with a 2.73 ERA, .200 opponents’ batting average, and 70/26 K/BB ratio in 59 innings, which along with his at times overpowering raw stuff has to have Mets fans awfully excited.

He also joins some pretty elite company by making double-digit starts and striking out double-digit batters per nine innings as a 23-year-old, which had previously been accomplished by just seven other pitchers in baseball history:

MATT HARVEY 2012 10.6
Stephen Strasburg 2012 11.1
Scott Kazmir 2007 10.4
Mark Prior 2004 10.5
Johan Santana 2002 11.4
Bobby Witt 1987 10.1
Sam McDowell 1966 10.4
Sandy Koufax 1959 10.2

That’s a pretty interesting mix of pitching phenoms.

Counting his work in the minors Harvey threw a total of 169.1 innings this season with 182 strikeouts versus 139 hits allowed. His control still needs plenty of work, but Harvey sure looks like he has ace potential.