New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey looks to have only two more regular season starts to work with after the 180-controversy.
By David Hong
With Matt Harvey close to reaching his innings limit the New York Mets plan on more skipped starts. The Mets plan to use him for just two more regular season starts.
The two targeted starts will be first against the New York Yankees next weekend, and against the Washington Nationals on the final weekend of the regular season.
This, of course, could be subject to change depending on whether the Mets clinch the NL East before their last series with the Nats at Citi Field. Harvey might still start but it could be abbreviated.
Playoffs are definitely a factor in this, should the Mets get there. Harvey is expected to pitch in the playoffs even if it might be limited because of his innings limit.
Harvey’s innings limit is rumored to be 180. He’s so far pitched 171.2 , making it definite that he will pitch more than his limit with his two regular season starts and playoffs.
The Mets have been as careful as they can with Harvey. They tried a six man rotation early on this year and skipped one of his starts at the end of October in order to protect Harvey’s arm. But now with Harvey close to reaching his limit and the Mets in a playoff race and leading the NL East, this has been a big topic especially with Harvey’s comments over the weekend.
This is definitely a plan for Harvey to be available in the playoffs while still using him in important starts in the regular season, while not trying to overuse him too much with his innings cap.
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