Until hitters begin to figure him out, Matt Harvey can expect to continue to be showered with superlatives. His latest recognition might be the most sincere form of flattery yet.
The Mets phenom was named National League Pitcher of the Month after he fashioned a 4-0 record and 1.56 ERA in six April outings. Harvey tallied 46 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .153 batting average, the lowest mark in the NL among starting pitchers.
Over his first four starts of the month, Harvey went 4-0 with a 0.94 ERA and allowed only 10 hits in 29 innings. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first pitcher in the modern era to win his first four starts while yielding 10 hits or fewer. The 24-year-old took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a start against the Twins on April 13. That week, he earned NL Player of the Week honors.
Harvey now stands at 7-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 16 career starts, having given up only 63 hits in 99 2/3 innings.
It's the first career monthly award for Harvey, who was selected ahead of pitchers such as Pittsburgh's Jason Grilli, who logged 10 saves and a 0.82 ERA; San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner, who posted a 3-0 mark and 1.55 ERA; and Adam Wainwright, who went 4-2 with a 2.03 ERA.