Gearing up for Harvey-Strasburg
Shea Stadium used to buzz like crazy, as did the city of New York, when a youngster named Doc Gooden took the hill throwing fire and wearing #16. Pedro Martinez used to light up the Bronx the same way in those epic Yankees-Red Sox games when the masses wondered who his Daddy was. Fast forward to now. Fast forward to this Friday night.
We could have similar buzz for decades with two horses pitching against one another from the Mets and Nats, two teams with completely different success levels right now but one similarity. The future aces are darn good. Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg toss against each other at Citi Field in New York. What a moment. What a future. What pitchers.
Both are 24. Both have tremendous upside. Both are confident times 100. But the main difference is Matt Harvey’s mechanics are much better than the already Tommy John-repaired Stephen Strasburg. Harvey pitches the baseball over the top. Strasburg throws and whips pitches across, one reason why many think he will need Tommy John surgery again.
This is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately society. And Harvey is the latest and most recent great thing. It is up to Strasburg to get people back on his side. Back on the side of Stephen Strasburg, the guy who captivated baseball less than three years ago. Yea, that guy. Friday night awaits.
By: Mike Lindsley, “Mid-Day with Mike,” 1-4, Yankees pre/post game host on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MikeLSports.