WHAT IT MEANS: Move over Tom Seaver. (And Bill Denehy). Matt Harvey set a franchise record by striking out 11 in his major league debut. And behind 5 1/3 scoreless innings from the 2010 first-round pick, the New York Mets snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-1 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks to open an 11-game West Coast trip.
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Seaver and Denehy struck out eight apiece in their major league debuts three days apart in 1967. Harvey’s strikeout total was the most in a major league debut since Stephen Strasburg had 14 for the Nationals against Pittsburgh on June 8, 2010.
Scott Hairston went 3-for-4 with a two-run double, while Andres Torres snapped an 0-for-17 drought with a fourth-inning triple, allowing him to score on Rob Johnson’s sacrifice fly to provide Harvey with a three-run cushion. The Mets won for only the second time in 13 games since the All-Star break, and handed NL All-Star Wade Miley a defeat.
Harvey also went 2-for-2 at the plate, including a second-inning double off Miley for his first major league hit. David West was the lone other Mets pitcher to have a multi-hit major league debut, on Sept. 24, 1988 against St. Louis.
Harvey became the first pitcher since 1900 to have 10 or more strikeouts and produce two or more hits at the plate in his major league debut, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Mets' only other first-round pick to have a scoreless major league debut with the organization as a starting pitcher was Tim Leary in 1981. He only logged two innings.
Pumping in fastballs at 96-97 mph, Harvey limited the Diamondbacks to three hits and three walks. He tossed a pair of wild pitches.
Harvey departed with his pitch count at 106 -- three more than his highest Triple-A total this season -- after issuing his second walk of the sixth inning.
Fellow rookie Josh Edgin, who was selected in the 30th round of the same draft in which Harvey was selected seventh overall, stranded both runners inherited from Harvey by retiring lefty-hitting Miguel Montero and pinch hitter Chris Young. Edgin went on to toss a scoreless seventh as well.
Jon Rauch surrendered an eighth-inning run on Justin Upton’s sacrifice fly. Bobby Parnell notched the save despite walking two in the ninth.
WHAT’S NEXT: Jon Niese (7-4, 3.59 ERA) tries to build on the momentum when he opposes Diamondbacks right-hander Josh Collmenter (2-2, 3.82) at 9:40 p.m. ET Friday.