You can tell a worry wart by how likely he is to pass up Matt Harvey on Draft Day. Yes, the innings were more than ideal for a pitcher coming back from Tommy John surgery, and you'd feel better if he skipped the postseason entirely. But he was throwing smoke right up until the end, looking just like the pitcher who nearly won a Cy Young in 2013, and didn't have any health concerns along the way. And unlike so many pitchers who rush back from the procedure, he had a full 18 months to recover, so chances are he'll be fine. And "fine" for him should mean even bigger things in 2016 since he'll no longer have any restrictions on his innings. He's top-10 pitcher who could easily rank in the top five when all's said and done, so draft him with confidence.
Manager Terry Collins said Monday that he doesn't anticipate any innings limit restrictions for Harvey in 2016. Innings limits were a major topic of conversation for Harvey, the Mets and his agent Scott Boras. Harvey ended up throwing 189.1 innings during the regular season, up from 178.1 in 2013 before Tommy John surgery, while also making four starts in the post-season. This news means that Harvey, barring injury, will not be skipped or shut down during the season.
Harvey agreed to a one-year, $4.325 million contract with the Mets on Friday, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. Harvey and the Mets were able to avoid going to arbitration by agreeing on an amount typical for a pitcher of his stature. With the Tommy John surgery now well behind him and contract issues out of the way, Harvey can now return his focuses to leading potentially the league's top starting rotation into 2016.
The Mets tendered contracts to all eight of their arbitration-eligible players, including Harvey, before Thursday's deadline, ESPN New York reports. Harvey will get a major spike in his salary, as he should make between $4.2-$4.7 million in 2016. He returned from October 2013 Tommy John surgery to post excellent numbers in 2015, A year further removed from the operation, Harvey should be even better in 2016.
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.