New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey has been voted National League Pitcher of the Month for the month of April.
Harvey recorded four victories (4-0) in six April starts, tying him for first among N.L. pitchers. The young right-hander ranked among league leaders in nearly every pitching category. His 1.56 ERA (7 ER/40.1 IP) ranked third, his 46 strikeouts tied for fourth, and his 40.1 innings of work were the fifth-most by an N.L. hurler in the first full calendar month of the 2013 championship season. Harvey was one of only two N.L. starters to post four wins in April without earning a loss (also Lance Lynn of the Cardinals), and the Mets went 5-1 in games he started. Harvey, who was the seventh overall selection by the Mets in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, held opposing hitters to a .156 batting average, the lowest of any N.L. pitcher (minimum 26.0 IP) and the second-best mark in the Major Leagues. Harvey did his part to contribute to a Mets starting rotation that posted the league's fourth-best ERA in the month of April with a combined 3.56 mark (55 ER/139.0 IP). While the University of North Carolina product did not earn a decision in his last two outings of the month, his first four (April 3rd-19th) outings yielded overwhelming results as he earned victories in each start while posting a 0.94 ERA (3 ER/29.0 IP) with 32 strikeouts. According to Elias, Harvey, who scattered just 10 hits in that span, became the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to win his first four starts while allowing 10-or fewer hits in those four outings combined. On April 13th, the 24-year-old tossed a career-high 8.0 innings en route to a 4-2 Mets victory over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Harvey held the Twins hitless through 6.2 innings before slugger Justin Morneau broke up his no-hitter and shutout bid with a solo shot off the right field foul pole. It was the only hiccup for Harvey, who finished the day with just two hits allowed and six strikeouts. The performance helped the Mets pitching phenom to earn his first N.L. Player of the Week honor (April 8th-14th). On April 19th, Matt earned the win in a 7-1 victory over the visiting Washington Nationals after tossing 7.0 innings and permitting a run on four hits with seven strikeouts while outdueling fellow N.L. East ace Stephen Strasburg. Harvey is now 7-5 for his young career. His four wins mark a career high after going 3-5 in 10 starts during his rookie campaign last year. This is his first career monthly award.
Other pitchers receiving votes included Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Jason Grilli (0.82 ERA, 10 SV, 17 SO, 11.0 IP); San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner (3-0, 1.55 ERA, 36 SO, 40.2 IP); Adam Wainwright (4-2, 2.03 ERA, 43 SO, 44.1 IP) of the St. Louis Cardinals; and Washington Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann (4-1, 2.00 ERA, 19 SO, 36.0 IP).
The National League Pitcher of the Month for April 2013, Matt Harvey, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his performance.