Two Starling Debuts

by Jason Epstein

Two highly touted prospects made noteworthy debuts for their parent clubs last night.

Outfielder Starling Marte, 23, homered on the first pitch he saw in the bigs — only the 28th player in history to do so — going 2 for 4 in the Pirates’ victory over the Astros in Minute Maid Park.

Pitcher Matt Harvey, also 23, struck out 11 Diamondbacks and did not allow a run in 5 1/3 innings, as the Mets won in the desert. In the 50-plus years of the franchise, no other Mets pitcher — yes, that includes Tom Seaver (8) and Dwight Gooden (5) — fanned as many in their debut.

Jason Fry of Faith and Fear in Flushing shares his thoughts about the former Tar Heel’s performance.

Right Field

Brief chronicles of our sporting times.