Matt Harvey likely to start game three in the NLDS, will be unrestricted when he pitches
Barring injury, the Mets are certain to have Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard in the rotation come the playoffs.
But until now, the order of their rotation was up in the air. And on Tuesday, both Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson all but assured Harvey would indeed be their game three starter.
One reason, according to Collins is that game three is the most pivotal game in a playoff series. There is indeed a significance to that statement.
But Collins also said the design of the order was designed around preventing Harvey from pitching too much in the playoffs.
On Tuesday, Collins said Harvey would not pitch six times in the playoffs, again designed to protect the right-hander from overuse in his first season back from Tommy John Surgery.
Having said that, Collins said that when Harvey does pitch in the playoffs, there will be no restrictions on him. He will pitch as many innings as needed in the games he throws.
Harvey is expected to start on Saturday against the Nationals for his final regular season start, weather permitting, Collins said on Tuesday.