Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, a former Tar Heel, on SI cover

jjones@charlotteobserver.comMay 14, 2013 

The SI cover featuring Matt Harvey.


Former North Carolina standout and current New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is on the regional cover of Sports Illustrated’s May 20 issue.

The magazine features Harvey in the cover story, “The Dark Knight of Gotham,” written by SI senior writer Tom Verducci.

Harvey, 24, is in his second season and leads the majors with a 1.44 ERA.

Harvey (4-0) has allowed nine runs in eight appearances for the Mets, who were 14-21 before Tuesday night’s game. He has struck out 62 and walked 14.

The right-hander, selected seventh overall by the Mets in the 2010 draft, was 22-7 for the Tar Heels and coach Mike Fox from 2008-10. He was a freshman All-America selection and first-team All-ACC in his junior year.

Though SI has featured its share of former Tar Heel athletes – Michael Jordan (50 times), James Worthy, Lawrence Taylor and Tyler Hansbrough, to name a few – Harvey is the first former North Carolina baseball player to get a cover to himself. B.J. Surhoff’s face was among one of 43 baseball players on a 1987 cover story detailing baseball players’ salaries.

Harvey, who made his major league debut last July, was 3-5 in 10 appearances with a 2.73 ERA in 2012.

Harvey is on a regional cover, with Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley on the other cover this week.

This is the second consecutive week in which an athlete with North Carolina ties made the SI cover. Last week, former Davidson standout Stephen Curry was on a regional cover.

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