The first pitch of the All-Star Game will be thrown in 17 days. Matt Harvey should throw that pitch. The dominating Mets right-hander deserves to start the Citi Field All-Star Game, despite what happens after he leaves the game. That decision ultimately rests with Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who said yesterday he is “really impressed’’ by Harvey. “He’s on my radar, he’s done a great job this year for the Mets,” Bochy told The Post from Colorado. “There are some really good candidates.” Bochy will be more impressed when he sees the highlights of Harvey’s incredible 11-strikeout, one-run performance last night in the Mets’ despicable 6-4 loss to the Nationals at Citi Field. Harvey left after seven innings and 109 pitches with a 4-1 lead. The Mets bullpen blew it as manager Terry Collins’ decisions backfired. Harvey’s record remained at 7-1. His ERA dropped to 2.00. His 11 strikeouts came on everything from an 85-mph back-door changeup to 98-mph heat. He was untouchable. His 0.85 WHIP is the best in the majors for a starting pitcher, and he leads the league with 132 strikeouts. Among other candidates to start for the NL, Arizona’s Patrick Corbin is 9-0 with a 2.22 ERA, Washington’s Jordan Zimmerman is 11-3 with a 2.28 ERA, and Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw is 6-5 with a 2.08 ERA. Who knows what their records would be if they pitched for the Mets? Let’s not forget the All-Star Game is entertainment, especially for the hometown fans. Let them cheer on Harvey with that first pitch. Bochy said he will make his decision on his starter on the Sunday before the All-Star Game.
No bull, ace deserves All-Star start at Citi
New York Post | Jun 29