Mets to shut Matt Harvey down

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Much like other teams the New York Mets are going to treat their own ace phenom, Matt Harvey, with kid gloves. The team plans on shutting Harvey down around 200 innings pitched. The belief is the team doesn’t want him pitching much more then 30 innings more then last season, when he threw 169.

One of Harvey’s aims heading into his first full big league season was to pitch 200 innings, which he might have done over two levels last year had the Mets not shut him down in mid-September.

This year, 200 innings sits near the upper limit of what the Mets will allow Harvey to achieve. Though the organization has not revealed any hard numbers regarding a shutdown of its young ace, the working assumption is that they will not allow him to exceed last year’s total of 169 1/3 innings by much more than 30. (MLB)

Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is. Matt threw 169 innings last year which is about what your average fifth starter would throw. Naturally he should make a progression in the next year but what is the difference between him throwing 200 innings and say 215-220 if he finished the entire year? It’s really not much. But hey I guess the Mets really want to make sure they protect their future and the dreams of seeing the playoffs again.

Only thing I like about this is how much of a fighter Harvey is. I’m not a fan of the Mets one bit but I respect the fact that the kid doesn’t want to give the ball up. Matt’s said he understands if that’s the team decision but he’d rather be out there on the mound.

“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.

“I try and go nine every start,” Harvey said. “So obviously if they start adding up and they decide it’s time to shut it down, that’s their call. I’m never going to want to give up the ball or not go out there, but I like the fact that it’s a five-man rotation. It’s been like that forever for a reason, and if they decide that I’ve had enough, then I’ve had enough.” (MLB)

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