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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey has made just 17 starts in his major league career—10 last season, and seven so far in 2013. However, the hype around this 24-year-old is already reaching Doc Gooden proportions, and now, thanks to a bloody nose, he might already be turning into a legend.
Last night the Mets hosted the Chicago White Sox at Citi Field, and as Harvey came out of the bullpen to take the mound in the top of the first, anyone watching on TV couldn’t help but notice that he had a stream of blood running down his nose. That’s a problem, right? Maybe a little bit of a distraction? Maybe enough of a distraction to derail his ridiculous 4-0, 1.28 ERA start to the season?
The bloody nose didn’t distract Harvey one bit, as he just went on with his business, wiping his nose on his sleeve while mowing down the White Sox batters in the top of the first. By the end of the night he’d thrown nine shutout innings, allowing just one hit and zero walks against, while striking out 12.
Take a look at the video of the first inning:
Of course, the Mets being the Mets, Harvey didn’t even come away with the W for his effort (which is why the W-L record is such a stupid pitching stat). The game went into extra innings tied 0-0, and the Mets only scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th, after Harvey had been lifted from the game.
Still, that was one hell of a performance by Harvey. If this kid has the kind of career people think he will, his “bloody nose start” will be a legend.