Matt Harvey’s elite rookie company

Matt Harvey’s rookie season is now complete. And impressive. Only five rookies in the modern era have struck out at least a batter per inning while posting an ERA equal to or lower than than Harvey’s 2.73 mark and acting primarily as a starting pitcher (thus, Joba Chamberlain, Pedro Martinez and a few others are disqualified). The complete list:

1. Dwight Gooden, 1984: 2.60 ERA, 11.4 K/9
2. Hideo Nomo, 1995: 2.54 ERA, 11.1 K/9
3. Francisco Liriano, 2006: 2.16 ERA, 10.7 K/9
4. Matt Harvey, 2012: 2.73 ERA, 10.6 K/9
5. Roy Oswalt, 2001: 2.73 ERA, 9.1 K/9

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