Despite his minor slip last night - if you could call it that - Matt Harvey has been on a roll of late.
Last night, Harvey pitched 6.1 innings and allowed 9 hits and 4 runs. Not his best, but far from terrible.
It's excusable, because Harvey has been pitching so well recently that pretty much anything would be OK with me.
I mean, check out Harvey's stats since the beginning of August.
He's pitching better than he ever has.
And that's saying something.
July 31, vs. Washington: 7.2 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 9 Ks.
August 5, vs. Miami: 7 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 6 Ks.
August 11, vs. Colorado: 8 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 4 Ks.
August 16, vs. Pittsburgh: 6 innings, 7 hits, 1 run, 6 Ks.
August 28, vs. Boston: 6 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 8 Ks.
If that's not dominant, I don't know what is.
He's coming off Tommy John surgery, but you'd never know it. He hit a few bumps in the road in the middle of the season, but that was always to be expected. Since those little blips in June, though, he's been cruising.
Harvey is the quintessential New York superstar.
No moment or stage is too big for him. He's got the personality for any kind of situation that the crazy city that is New York may throw at him.
If you watch interview with him - on the field, on late night TV (see: here), whatever - you just get the sense that he's ready to be in New York for the long haul. He's ready for the moment, whatever the moment brings.
That Harvey could bail on the Mets come 2018 when his contract expires in favor of the Yankees, who are almost sure to come begging. They need pitching, have unlimited money, and Harvey could be the guy.
Harvey pitches well enough at the end of this season and next year to have the Yanks interested. But the Mets win a championship, and Harvey decides he's a Met for life.