Matt Harvey latest CT native to get Sports Illustrated cover

Eighteen starts into his Major League career and Matt Harvey has already landed an SI cover.

Dubbed “The Dark Knight of Gotham” by the magazine, Harvey is 4-0 this season with a league-leading 1.44 ERA. He was brutally close to a perfect game last Tuesday, and allowed five hits and two runs in seven innings Sunday. Mets’ fans undoubtedly are pinning their hopes on Harvey, the seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci leads his online column with this ridiculous statistic: “Matt Harvey has won seven games in his young Mets career. This should tell you how bad New York has been at drafting and developing pitchers: Harvey already ranks 12th in wins for the Mets among the 766 pitchers they drafted in the past 30 years.”

SI subscribers can read this week’s cover story on Harvey here. You can also read my story on Harvey from Sunday’s Connecticut Post.

A native of Groton, Harvey joins a relatively short list of Connecticut athletes on the SI cover (see slideshow, above).

*Dwight Freeney (Bloomfield) — 2005

*Marcus Camby (Hartford) — 1999

*Kristine Lilly (Wilton) — 1999

*Steve Young (Greenwich) — Seven covers between 1993-97

*Mo Vaughn (Norwalk) — 1995

*Jen Rizzotti (New Fairfield) — 1995

*Bill Rodgers (Newington) — 1978 and 1979

*Dorothy Hamill (Greenwich) — 1977

*Bruce Jenner (Newtown) — 1976

*Steve Blass (Canaan) — 1972

*Walter Luckett (Bridgeport) — 1972

*Calvin Murphy (Norwalk) — 1970

*Julius Boros (Fairfield) — 1963 and 1968