Matthew Edward (Matt) Harvey graduated from Fitch Senior High School in Groton, CT....Earned prep All-America honors while playing for his father at Fitch...Went 6-1 with a 0.64 ERA with 112 strikeouts in 54.2 innings during his senior year at Fitch High School and was named the Connecticut Player of the Year by The Hartford Courant and Gatorade...At the University of North Carolina, he was a first team Atlantic Coast Conference selection, a two-time ACC Pitcher of the Week and two-time National Pitcher of the Week…Left school ranking ninth all-time in UNC history in strikeouts (263) and 10th in victories (22)…Was 22-7 with a 3.73 ERA in 54 games (43 starts) during his three years with the Tar Heels…In 238.2 innings, he allowed 220 hits, 142 runs, 99 earned, with 124 walks and 263 strikeouts...Was the 2007 third-round selection (118th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim but elected to attend the University of North Carolina...Received the 2013 Ben Mondor New England Player of the Year at the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner....Appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the Mets won the National League with his teammates Jacob deGrom, Wilmer Flores and David Wright...Enjoys cooking and walking in the city.
Named the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year and Player's Choice NL Comeback Player of the Year...His 2.71 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 1.76 BB/9 and 5.08 K/ BB ratio all ranked eighth in the majors among qualified starters...Had a 61.0-inning homerless streak (238 batters) from July 8, 2013 to April 9, 2015...Allowed two home runs on April 14 which snapped a streak of 34 straight starts without allowing multiple home runs...Since 2012, his career 2.53 ERA and 1.000 WHIP both rank second among major league pitchers with at least 50 starts in that span, trailing Clayton Kershaw (2.07 ERA, 0.921 WHIP)...Made his first major league start since undergoing Tommy John surgery on April 9 at Washington...Earned the win in the Mets' 6-3 victory, pitching 6.0 shutout innings, allowing four hits, striking out nine and walking one... Underwent Tommy John surgery on October 22, 2013...Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure in Gulf Breeze, FL....Has a 2.04 ERA (33 earned runs/145.2 innings) in 22 career no-decisions, the lowest ERA in no-decisions for any pitcher (both for a career and through three seasons) in the last century (min. 20 no-decisions)...He has failed to win 19 career starts in which he has allowed one or no runs, the most such starts for a pitcher in his first 65 career games in the last century...No other pitcher has had more than 15 such outings... In the 33 career starts in which he has allowed no more than one run, he is 14-4...He is 21-1 when the Mets score at least four runs and 25-5 with at least three runs of support (in 39 such career starts)...Went 5-1 with a 1.25 ERA (10 earned runs/72.0 innings) in his last 11 home starts dating to June 16...He had pitched at least 6.0 innings in 30 consecutive home starts until he went 5.0 innings on September 20 vs. the Yankees...Only Clayton Kershaw has had a longer such streak (31 games) since 2012...Since 1950, Harvey has the third-best home ERA (2.05; 54 earned runs/237.0 innings) of any starter in his first three major league seasons (min. 30 home starts)... Trails Dwight Gooden (1.85) and Jerry Koosman (2.01)...Overall, Harvey went 8-3 with a 2.23 ERA (28 earned runs/113.0 innings) in 17 starts at Citi Field in 2015....In the last 100 years, his 449 strikeouts are the eighth-most for any pitcher through his first 65 career starts....Went 1-1 with a 1.02 ERA (two earned runs/17.2 innings) in his final three starts of the season after he was given 11 days of rest following his September 8 start...In his first two September starts, he went 1-0 with a 8.49 ERA (11 earned runs/11.2 innings)...In four August starts, he went 2-0 with a major league-leading 0.33 ERA (one earned run/27.0 innings)...Has 15 career scoreless starts, tied with Vida Blue for the second-most such starts in a pitcher's first 65 career games in the last 100 years...Dwight Gooden leads with 16 scoreless starts...Harvey is also one of two starters over that span to allow one run or fewer in at least half (33) of his first 65 career games...Gooden had 35 such games...According to Elias, Harvey is the only pitcher in history to strike out more than 350 batters but allow fewer than 350 baserunners in his first 50 career starts...Allowed two runs in his 34.2 innings (0.52 ERA) from July 31-August 28...Did not allow a run and recorded nine strikeouts in back-to-back starts on May 13 and May 18, becoming the fifth pitcher in franchise history to do so…Tom Seaver did it three times (twice in 1971, once in 1975); Dwight Gooden did it twice (both in 1984); also Sid Fernandez (once in 1992) and R.A. Dickey (once in 2012)...In his eight career Interleague starts, Harvey owns a 0.93 ERA (six earned runs/58.1 innings pitched)…The 0.93 ERA is the best mark in Interleague history (min. 30.0 innings)...Was 2-4 with a 1.88 ERA (10 earned runs/48.0 innings) in seven starts on six or more days rest ...Is 6-5 with a 1.33 ERA (14 earned runs/94.2 innings) in 14 such career starts...Recorded two RBI in three straight games from July 11-25, becoming the first pitcher in team history to do so...The last pitcher to have at least two RBI in three straight games in a single season was Andy Messersmith from June 23- July 2, 1976...Harvey's seven RBI in 2015 were tied for third-most for any pitcher in the majors... Harvey hit his first major league home run on July 11 at Citi Field against Arizona's Patrick Corbin to give the Mets the lead in the fifth inning...Became the second Mets pitcher to turn a deficit into a lead with a homer, joining Carl Willey who hit a grand slam to give New York a 5-2 lead on July 15, 1963 against Houston at the Polo Grounds.
Was the third pitcher in franchise history to earn a victory in each of his first two postseason starts, joining Tom Glavine in 2006 and Jacob deGrom (3-0 in 2015)...Had 27 strikeouts, the fourth-most for a Mets pitcher in a single postseason...Earned the win in Game 1 of the NLCS, a 4-2 Mets victory over the Cubs on October 17 at Citi Field...Retired the first 12 batters he faced... Was 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA (nine earned runs/26.2 innings) in the postseason...Had two nodecisions in the World Series despite the club holding two ninth-inning leads.
Underwent Tommy John surgery on October 22, 2013 to repair a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in the right elbow...Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure in Gulf Breeze, FL... Has the second-best WHIP (0.98) of any pitcher since 1921 in his first 36 career starts...The only other pitchers since 1921 that had a WHIP under 1.00 through 36 starts were Vida Blue (0.94), Orel Hershiser (0.99) and Jim Hardin (0.99)..His 4.58 K/BB ratio ranks fifth since 1921 in a pitcher's first 36 starts...His 2.39 ERA is the 12th-best mark through 36 starts... Became the fifth pitcher to start an All-Star Game less than a year after his major league debut...He became the fourth pitcher in club history to make the All-Star team in his first full season in the majors...Joined Tom Seaver (1967), Jerry Koosman (1968) and Dwight Gooden (1984)...He became the third Mets pitcher to start an All-Star Game...Gooden started the 1988 All-Star Game at Cincinnati and the 1986 Game at Houston...Seaver started the 1970 All-Star Game in Cincinnati...He was the first major league pitcher to start an All-Star Game in his home park since Roger Clemens in 2004 in Houston... Tossed 2.0 scoreless innings and struck out three during the All-Star Game...The three strikeouts were the most by a Mets pitcher in an All-Star Game since Sid Fernandez also had three strikeouts in the 1986 All-Star Game... Voted National League Pitcher of the Month for the month of April...Recorded four victories (4-0) in six starts, tying him for first among NL pitchers...Only one of two NL starters to post four wins in April without suffering a loss (also Lance Lynn)...His 1.56 ERA (seven earned runs/40.1 innings) ranked third in the NL, his 46 strikeouts were tied for fourth... Finished third in the majors with a 2.27 ERA (45 earned runs/178.1 innings), 6.16 strikeouts per walks ratio, .282 opponent slugging percentage and .530 OPS...Ranked second in the majors with a 0.93 WHIP, .248 opponent on-base percentage and 8.58 baserunners per nine innings...Ranked third in the National League and sixth in the majors a 9.64 strikeouts per nine innings...Sixth in the majors with 1.56 walks per nine inning rate...Finished seventh in the majors with a 6.81 hits per nine innings...His 191 strikeouts ranked first in the NL and fourth in the majors on August 24, the date of his final start...His opponent OPS is the 12th-best single-season mark since 1969... Since his debut on July 26, 2012, has the majors' third-best: ERA (2.39); WHIP (0.98), strikeouts per nine innings (9.88), opponent slugging (.296), opponent OPS (.556) and baserunners per nine innings (9.13)...His opponent on-base percentage (.260), opponent batting average (.207) and hits per nine innings (6.39) are fourth best in the majors...His home runs per nine innings (0.45) is the second-best rate in the majors... Named the National League Player of the Week for the week of April 8-April 14, his first career honor...Went 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA (two earned runs/15.0 innings) during the week... Allowed five hits, issued four walks and struck out 15... In his four starts between September 19, 2012 and April 13, 2013, he became the first pitcher with four straight starts of 7.0 or more innings and three or fewer hits allowed since July, 2004...The feat has only been pulled off five other times since 1916: Johan Santana (five straight games) in 2004, Nolan Ryan (five straight games) in 1976-1977, Woody Williams in 2001, Kevin Millwood in 1999 and Roger Clemens in 1998... Retired the first 20 batters he faced against Chicago-AL at Citi Field on May 7...The 6.2 perfect innings are tied for the thirdlongest streak in team history...The last Mets pitcher with 6.2 perfect innings was Rick Reed on June 8, 1998 vs. Tampa Bay...Tom Seaver pitched 8.1 perfect innings on July 9, 1969 and 7.0 perfect innings on August 30, 1968...In the game, he became the third Mets pitcher to allow only one baserunner in 9.0 innings of work...Tom Seaver (July 9, 1969 vs. the Cubs) and Jonathon Niese (June 10, 2010 vs. the Padres) are the other two...Became the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to pitch 9.0 innings with 12 or more strikeouts, allowing no walks and only one hit to receive a no-decision... Took a no-hitter into the seventh inning three times this season: April 13 at Minnesota, May 7 vs. Chicago-AL and June 18 at Atlanta...Only three other pitchers during the expansion era held an opposing team hitless through 6.0 innings three times in the first 25 starts of their career: Al Downing, Jose DeLeon (four times) and Kent Mercker... Joined Dwight Gooden as the only starters since 1916 to allow one run or fewer in 19 of their first 36 career games...Harvey has struck out six or more batters in each of those 19 starts...His 14 starts in which he has allowed one run or fewer was tied for the fifth-most in the majors... Ended the season by pitching 54.1 innings and facing 213 batters since allowing his last home run (Buster Posey on July 8)...Only Mark Melancon had more consecutive home run-less innings this season (63.0 innings)...Went 33 straight starts without allowing multiple home runs...Only Jhoulys Chacin has had a longer such streak since 2012 (currently at 40 starts)...Anibal Sanchez also currently has a 33-game streak...It matches the longest such streak by a Mets starter since 1991...Also Mike Hampton in 2000 and Dwight Gooden in 1992... Recorded his fourth straight start of 7.0 innings or more and one run or less on April 19 vs. Washington...The last pitcher to open the season with such a streak was Tim Hudson in 2007...Hudson also went four straight games...The last Mets pitcher to do so was Rick Reed in 2000; he also went four straight...Became the third pitcher since 1916 to begin a season with four consecutive starts of 7.0 or more innings while allowing four or fewer hits... The two other pitchers with such an open were Ken Hill for the 1993 Expos and Nolan Ryan for the 1979 Angels... Was unbeaten after his first 13 starts, becoming the first Mets pitcher to remain undefeated after his first 12 starts of a season...Dating to his final start of last season on September 19, 2012, avoided a loss in 14 consecutive starts...Is one of eight starters in franchise history to go at least 14 straight starts without a loss.... The last Mets pitcher to start a season 5-0 or better was Dillon Gee who went 7-0 to start 2011... Collected the first complete game and shutout of his career on August 7 against Colorado...Also pitched 9.0 shutout innings in a Mets' 1-0, 10-inning win on May 7 vs. Chicago-AL...It was the first complete game shutout by a Mets pitcher since R.A. Dickey shut out the Marlins 3-0 on August 31, 2012 at Marlins Park...Harvey faced three batters over the minimum in his shutout...The last Mets pitcher to have such an outing was R.A. Dickey on June 18, 2012 against Baltimore at Citi Field...Became the sixth pitcher in franchise history with multiple outings of 9.0 shutout innings and no walks in one season... Allowed the fewest hits, 74, of any pitcher in franchise history in his first 19 career starts...After his 19th start on May 17, he held the lowest hits per nine inning rate, 5.41, of all qualifying starters since his debut on July 26, 2012...Through his first eight starts of the season, he led the majors with a 4.01 hit per nine innings, while no other pitcher had a hit per nine innings under 5.2 in that span... Struck out a career-high 13 on June 18 at Atlanta in the first game of a doubleheader... Became the third Mets pitcher to record a 13-strikeout game since 2010...R.A. Dickey (twice) and Chris Capuano also accomplished the feat...Tied for the second-most strikeouts by a Mets pitcher against the Braves...Sid Fernandez totaled 16 strikeouts on July 14, 1989, while Capuano (August 26, 2011) and Dick Selma (September 12, 1965) also both had 13...Became the fifth Mets pitcher to have a 13-strikeout outing among his first 25 career games... Had a franchise-record five starts with at least 10 strikeouts and three or fewer hits allowed...His four such games trailed only Yu Darvish's six for the most in the majors...No other NL pitcher had more than three such outings this season...Is only the fourth pitcher since 1916 to record three outings of 10 or more strikeouts, three or fewer hits and no walks in a season...Also Pedro Martinez (2000), Mike Mussina (2001) and Randy Johnson (2004)...Is only the second pitcher since 1916 to have at least five double-digit strikeout games in which he allowed three or fewer hits within his first 36 games...Hideo Nomo had six such outings among his first 36 starts... Worked 7.0 or more innings and allowed three or fewer hits seven times this season...The seven such outings tied Tom Seaver (1970) for the single-season franchise record... His 2.38 ERA and 0.97 WHIP after 30 starts are the lowest marks in franchise history after 30 appearances (minimum 40 innings pitched over those outings)...Only Jerry Koosman had a lower ERA (2.21) through 30 starts in franchise history... Had eight no-decisions in a nine-start stretch from April 24 to-June 8, four of which went to extra innings...It marked the 29th time in major league history that a starting pitcher received eight no-decisions in a nine-start span within one season (with no relief appearances during that streak)...His 2.66 ERA over those nine starts is the lowest in any of those 29 sequences...The previous low was a 3.07 ERA by Cincinnati's Erik Hanson from June 12-July 28 in 1994... His 46 strikeouts tied a Mets record for the month of April...Pedro Martinez also had 46 strikeouts in April, 2005... Allowed three or fewer baserunners in four starts this season, tied with Stephen Strasburg for the most such starts in the majors...His 10 starts without allowing a walk are tied for the fourth most in the majors...Harvey, Chris Archer and Jordan Zimmermann are the only pitchers this season with multiple outings of 9.0 innings in which they faced 30 batters or fewer... Faced Max Scherzer in his final start of the season...That was the first time the All-Star Game starting pitchers faced each other in a regular season game in the same season...It happened twice in a World Series game later that season: Dwight Gooden vs. Roger Clemens in 1986, and Red Ruffing vs. Paul Derringer in 1939... Pinch-hit on July 1 vs. Arizona and had a sacrifice bunt...Was the first Mets pitcher to pinch-hit since Jonathon Niese on May 16, 2011 vs. Florida.