Matt Harvey has proven he can pitch at a high level and pitch effectively.
I know most of you remember Harvey begging to pitch the ninth in the deciding Game 5 of the 2015 World Series. Up until then, Harvey had given up just one earned run, allowed five hits, and had nine strike outs.
Aside from the run he gave up in the ninth inning of that game – that is an epic clutch performance. Harvey’s other postseason numbers in that 2015 campaign are pretty good, too.
In his four playoff starts, he has a 3.04 ERA, 27 strikeouts and has only given up eight walks. These numbers are extremely important, especially to a presumptive playoff-bound team like the Cubs.