The Morning Edition (April 20, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth


From Last Night:

  • Halladay holds the Cardinals to 2 runs in 7 innings in a 8-2 win
  • Matt Harvey continues to dominate as he outduels Strasburg in a 7-1 win
  • Jean Segura somehow steals first base in a 5-4 win over the Cubs (that was not a typo)

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Buchholz and Shields face off as the Sox and Jays kick off their series after Friday’s cancellation (1p Eastern)
  • Paul Maholm tries to keep his scoreless streak alive against the Bucs (7p Eastern)
  • Cliff Lee and Lance Lynn toe the slab in Philly (7p Eastern)

The Big Question:

While I’m repeatedly reminding you that small sample sizes can belie the truth, Matt Harvey is starting to look like one of the NL’s best starters. Certainly we can say he has been one of the best so far this season, but his success looks real and sustainable, even if it won’t be at this level. He looked very good in a handful of starts last season and the stuff is good. Let’s admire his numbers thus far. 4-0, 29IP, 9.93 K/9, 2.79 BB/9, 0.93 ERA, 2.25 FIP, and a 1.0 WAR. That’s pretty good. As I write this, only Wainwright, Darvish, and Lester have higher pitcher WAR. Fun fact, Verlander, Sanchez, and Scherzer are right behind him. I didn’t include Harvey as one of the best pitchers in the NL going into the season, but man, I’m pretty sure I should have. Every five days, The Morning Edition is just going to become the Matt Harvey How’d He Do? Get used to it.

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