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Matt Harvey has two more starts left this year

Sep 8, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

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This isn’t quite on the level of Stephen Strasburg, but another talented young right-hander will be shut down soon.

According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Matt Harvey will make two more starts before being shut down for the season. His next scheduled start is Wednesday against the Nationals while his season will likely end during a three-game series against the Phillies at Citi Field from September 17-19. Jenrry Mejia is expected to take his rotation spot the rest of the way.

Harvey has logged 157 1/3 innings between the majors and minors this year after throwing 135 2/3 innings in his first professional season last year. The 23-year-old rookie has been mighty impressive over his first eight starts in the big leagues, posting a 3.04 ERA and 53/20 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings. If all goes according to plan, he’ll open 2013 in the Mets’ rotation along with Johan Santana, R.A. Dickey, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee. Top prospect Zack Wheeler shouldn’t be too far behind.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    So why isn’t the media all over the Mets for making this decision?

    • chill1184 - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Because the media is hoping that Harvey fails

      • keithbangedyermom - Sep 8, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        If he were in Boston, that would probably be the case.

    • dondada10 - Sep 8, 2012 at 6:36 PM

      Because the Mets aren’t in the playoff race. The Nationals are.

  2. keithbangedyermom - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Apples and oranges. The Mets aren’t sabotaging their playoff odds, are they?

  3. dalucks - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    As a Mets fan, that is good news. That will be an impressive pitching staff for next season especially with the arrival of Zach Wheeler. I just hope we can consistantly produce runs and fix the bullpen to have enough wins to make the playoffs.

  4. bigleagues - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Something tells me that even if he sucks in his next start, he’ll still make that final one.

  5. exibitsman - Sep 8, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Wheeler and Hervey will be in the starting rotation next year

    • chill1184 - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      Wheeler needs a full year in triple A before playing for the big club

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