Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will start Game 1 of the World Series at Kansas City on Tuesday, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. Harvey will head the Mets' rotation in the season-ending series, with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz to follow. If the series goes the distance, Harvey will also take the hill in Game 5 and could be available out of the bullpen for a deciding Game 7. In two starts (both victories) this postseason, he's allowed five runs (four earned) on 11 hits and four walks, while striking out 16 in 12.2 innings.
Harvey appears to be the favorite to start Game 1 of the World Series for the Mets, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports. Manager Terry Collins even alluded to the possibility that Harvey could pitch three times in the World Series, if necessary. This is pretty alarming considering that it wasn't long ago that Harvey's camp was talking about a potential shut down. It speaks to just how good Harvey has been this postseason -- 2.84 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 12.2 innings -- but it also speaks to how fatigued Jacob deGrom appears to be, according to Collins. If Harvey starts Game 1 deGrom will start Game 2.
Harvey appears likely to start Game 5 if necessary, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Harvey was hammered by a come-backer in Game 1, but he managed to stay in the game and continue pitching. Some thought he might have his next scheduled start pushed back, but manager Terry Collins seemed to erase any doubt of that happening saying, "He looks like he'll be ready for Game 5." That decision will likely be finalized in the coming days, however, so stay tuned for more information.
Manager Todd Collins indicated Monday that Harvey is dealing with some swelling and soreness in his triceps, but is still scheduled to pitch Game 5 for the Mets at his point, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. Harvey was struck by a line drive in Game 1, but was able to continue pitching. However, it appears the issue hasn't completely disappeared, so there's a chance he could be scratched from the start. There's still a chance that the Mets could sweep the series, which would then leave an opportunity for Harvey to rest rather than pitch Game 5, but everything should sort itself out before that point is reached.
Mets standout Matt Harvey will receive the start for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Cubs on Saturday, per Tyler Kepner of the New York Times. Harvey pitched just once in the NLDS due to an innings limit, but he will open up the NLCS against Jon Lester. The 26-year-old was phenomenal in his first start of the postseason, striking out 11 and allowing just one unearned run over six innings.