Mets hoping to avoid skipping Matt Harvey again this season
Matt Harvey will return to the mound on Friday night against the Red Sox, his first start since August 16 when he allowed a run in seven innings to the Pirates at Citi Field.
Harvey is 11-7 with a 2.57 ERA with 32 walks and 141 strikeouts in 154 innings over 23 starts in 2015, his first year back after missing the 2014 season while he recovered from Tommy John Surgery.
The Mets skipped his last scheduled start against the Rockies in Colorado. He was replaced by Logan Verrett, who pitched eight brilliant innings to earn his first big league win.
“The rest came at a good time,” Harvey told Kristie Ackert of the Daily News. “Obviously we picked up right where we left off, had great help from Logan (Verrett), the other pitchers have been pitching great. We’ve been scoring runs. At the time, it may not have seemed like a good time, but looking back, it was a good call. The right call.”
Harvey said it’s possible he could be skipped again over the final month of the regular season.
“I don’t know what exactly the limits we are going to have moving forward, if there are going to be any. I don’t know if it’s only the one that we missed; there may be another one,” he said.
Mets pitching coach hopes Harvey’s innings limit – which is probably in the range of 190-200 for the year – can be managed without having to skip him down the stretch of the season.
“If we can cut back on some innings, get some runs in games and get him out of there a little earlier,” Warthen explained to Ackert. “We’re going to try to keep from having to do that again, but it’s going to be close.”
The Mets are expected to go to a six-man rotation in early September after they activate Steven Matz from the disabled list. That will help limit Harvey’s innings along with the three scheduled off-days the club has in September.
But Terry Collins said earlier this week Harvey is expected to start on schedule against the Nationals in Washington just after Labor Day, and Sandy Alderson has said all of the starting pitchers will be available to pitch during the final week of the season as needed.