Almost all hands on deck in the bullpen on Thursday, including Matt Harvey
It’s do-or-die time for the Mets in their winner-take-all game five against the Dodgers in the Division Series on Thursday, meaning if needed, most every pitcher is available for work if needed against the Dodgers, Terry Collins told reporters at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
That includes Matt Harvey.
Collins said Harvey told him on the flight from New York today he wants to pitch during Thursday’s game if a situation calls for his services.
As such, Harvey will indeed be used in relief if needed.
“I talked to him on the plane today and he said he’d be ready. So if we need him, he’ll be out there,” Collins said.
Collins originally said Harvey would not be available in game five no matter what, and Sandy Alderson had also said Harvey would not pitch more than one in the Division Series.
In addition, Noah Syndergaard will also be available out of the bullpen. He will be available on regular rest.
Collins said Syndergaard would likely serve in a late inning role if necessary, along with Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia.
The game plan, however, is to have Jacob deGrom pitch as deep into the game as possible, saving both Harvey and Syndergaard for starts this weekend against the Cubs at Citi Field in game one and two of the National League Championships Series.
But because the Mets have to get there first, Collins will worry about tomorrow when it arrives.