Matt Harvey likely to be shut down after 200 innings
The New York Mets are likely to shut down their ace and potential National League Cy Young award winner Matt Harvey when he reaches 200 innings pitched innings.
According to MLB.com, Harvey threw 169 and 1/3 innings last season and the Mets do not want Harvey to exceed more than 30 innings over last years total. Harvey averages seven innings per start, so he could be shut down in the second week of September.
The Mets also have thought about skipping some of Harvey’s starts to make him last to the end of the season.
“Obviously, I’m not going to be happy to miss any starts, but if it’s a week, I’m not going to look at it like I didn’t finish a full season,” Harvey said.
According to ESPN.com, Harvey is at 159 and 1/3 innings this season. The Mets had a six man rotation for a couple of weeks but had to go back to a five man rotation after Jeremy Hefner went on the disabled list last week.
“I try to go nine innings every start,” Harvey said. “If they start adding up, and they decide it’s time to shut it down, then that’s their call. I’m never going to want to give up the ball or not go out there. I like the five-day rotation. It’s been like that forever for a reason. If they decide I’ve had enough, then I’ve had enough.”
Harvey is 9-3 this season with a 2.09 ERA. He was the National League’s starting pitcher in the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field.