The Dark Knight Rises

Baseball season has just begun. It’s been all positive so far, especially since my high school’s varsity team is 10-1. They have a sophomore pitcher whose fastball has hit 90mph, and rumors suggest he’s already been contacted by MLB teams. Speaking of the MLB, the unthinkable is occurring.

Through 12 games, the New York Mets have the best record in the National League. They are undefeated at home (6-0), and have won seven games in a row. It’s about time. They’re hitting extremely well, as Michael Cuddyer, Lucas Duda, David Wright, and Travis d’Arnaud lead the offense.

Meanwhile, the pitching has been incredible. The team ERA is 2.74, which is 3rd in the MLB. Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon, and Matt Harvey all have multiple wins already. Matt Harvey’s return has been particularly good for the Mets.

In late October of 2013, Matt Harvey (known as the Dark Knight) underwent Tommy John surgery. This was a huge blow for the 24 year old, who started the All-Star Game for the NL at Citi Field earlier that year. He would miss the entire 2014 season, recovering from surgery.

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No one was sure he would come back the same. The Mets, with high expectations this year, needed him to pick up right where he left off. And that’s exactly what Harvey has done. He’s 2-0, with 17 strikeouts in two starts.

But, that’s not even what made me fall in love with Harvey again. It was the 5th inning, Mets vs. Phillies. The Phillies pitcher had hit two Mets previously in the game. So what does Harvey do? He throws a 95mph fastball that drills the Phillies no. 3 hitter, Chase Utley.

Most pitchers don’t retaliate when their teammates are hit, but not Matt Harvey. He’s willing to do whatever it is for the team. He is the face of the 2015 Mets, who look to be very competitive and successful through the rest of the season.

The Dark Knight of Gotham is finally back.

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