After his Detroit Tigers got 13 hits against Matt Harvey on Saturday afternoon manager Jim Leyland was asked if perhaps major league batters were starting to catch up to the New York Mets' 24-year-old ace right-hander. Leyland's eyes widened. Even though the Tigers baseball's best offensive team had success getting on base against Harvey the only runs they had gotten against him were in a two-run second inning. In 6 2/3 frames pitching with less than his best stuff Harvey had made the pitches he needed to make to get out of trouble time and again. The only run-scoring hits were an RBI double by pitcher Max Scherzer on a line drive just over leaping shortstop Omar Quintanilla's outstretched glove and an infield single by Austin Jackson. In one of his least effective outings of the season Harvey threw 70 of 102 pitches for strikes walking nobody while striking out four. His 20th quality start of the season put him three behind Clayton Kershaw of the LA Dodgers for the major league lead. "The league's not catching on" Leyland said. "This kid is terrific. It's getting later in the season and this kid he's terrific. I had one veteran player I won't say who it was but it was from a National League team who said he's got the best stuff he's ever faced. It was a pretty credible player and I put a lot of stock in that. He's special and he's going to be special for a long time."
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