Incredible pitching performance by Matt Harvey. In his third start of the year, he took the mound in 35-degree weather with near-perfect command. After the first batter, Aaron Hicks, struck out looking, I had a feeling we might witness a perfect game. His fastball was on fire this afternoon, reminding me of what the great Doc must have been like in 1985. The perfect game bid ended with a walk to Ryan Doumit in the bottom of the second.
Marlon Byrd hit his first home run as a Met to open the scoring. The Mets strung together a bunch of hits and ended up with a 4-0 lead, a perfect score for a no-hitter.
However, it was not meant to be (on this day). With two outs in the seventh, Matt gave up the first base hit by the Twins, a home run off the foul pole by Justin Morneau.
I didn't think that in 35-degree weather, Matt would pitch better than he did on opening day, but I can't say he surprised me.
His line in this one: 8 innings pitched, 2 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts.
I traveled to cold Minn to attend this game. Yes, it was freezing, but watching Matt Harvey pitch was worth it. It was my first visit to this new stadium. As I entered the stadium, I explained to the Twins greeters to watch our (Mets) pitcher. Doesn't matter the weather, Harvey is already becoming a star.