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Mets may take it easy with Matt Harvey going forward

Jun 29, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

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MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo and Chris Iseman report that Mets manager Terry Collins has spoken with GM Sandy Alderson about ace starter Matt Harvey‘s workload, discussing the possibility of taking it easy with the right-hander over the final three months. The article notes that Harvey is on pace to throw 249 innings, well above the combined 169.1 innings logged last year between Triple-A Buffalo and the Majors.

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“As we continue into the season with three months to go, always remember something: we are not — we are not — going to hinder this kid’s health by killing him now, when the future is so bright,” Collins said. “With Wheeler coming, with Montero coming, all these young prospect pitchers coming, we’re not going to jeopardize what’s down the road for right now. I’m not going to do it. So we’re going to monitor his workload, and hopefully he gets through the month of September.”

Harvey is enjoying a fantastic season, emerging as one of baseball’s best starting pitchers. He currently leads the National League in ERA (2.00), adjusted ERA (181), strikeouts (132), strikeout rate per nine innings (10.2), and WHIP (0.855).

  1. dondada10 - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Well there goes my dream of having a pitcher win the Cy Young with 10 wins.

    • ikedavisnose - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      I think him getting 10 wins, would be giving the Bullpen too much credit

  2. Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Should be some great Harvey-Fernandez matchups down the road. I still have delicious memories of those classic Doc Gooden versus Fernando Valenzuela games. Something to look forward to until Scrooge McLoria cashes Fernandez in.

  3. yahmule - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    I’m sick of these organizations putting the health and welfare of their elite young players ahead of my roto teams.

    • stex52 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      No kidding, Yahmule. The guy’s been carrying my team lately.

  4. twayward - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    do whatever it takes to preserve the health of seaver…er…i mean…harvey. let’s go mets!

  5. hojo20 - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    What the F is adjusted ERA?

    • mazblast - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      The stats people take the “unadjusted” ERA, perform some mathematical wizardry on it, “adjust” for various factors, and publish whatever number they have decided on previously. It’s like the government reporting unemployment and/or inflation rates–if you don’t like the raw number, you “adjust” it in arcane and mystical ways to get what you want to see.

      • hojo20 - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        Thanks. I only use the traditional stats, ones I can manually calculate & understand. This adjusted ERA sounds bogus to me.

  6. mrznyc - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Problem is; they only sell tickets to games Harvey pitches

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