The New York Mets usually don't fall under the must-see TV category - with the lone exception of when ace Matt Harvey takes the mound. That will be the case Saturday when Harvey squares off with Max Scherzer and the visiting Detroit Tigers in the second contest of a three-game series. The pitching duel not only features a pair of fireballing right-handers who rank second in their respective leagues in strikeouts, but the prohibitive favorite for the American League Cy Young Award in Scherzer.
Scherzer is bidding to become the first pitcher since Roger Clemens in 2001 to open a season 19-1, but he characterized his stellar record as "fluky." "The guys are putting up runs for me and are playing great defense so I can't take credit for being 18-1," Scherzer said. Harvey wishes he could echo that sentiment - he has permitted two earned runs or fewer in 17 of his 25 starts and owns the second-lowest ERA in baseball but has yet to reach double digits in wins.
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