The big blow against Harvey came in the top of the fourth when Justin Bour hit a three-run home run. He also allowed a run in the fifth on an RBI-single.
Harvey's ERA rose to 3.11 after Friday's outing. He'll carry a 5-3 record into his next start, scheduled for Thursday in Arizona.
"He made a couple mistakes and we weren't able to give him much support," Mets manager Terry Collins said, per MLB.com. "Other than that, he threw the ball fine."
The reaction to the news that the
Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Wednesday it "was tough to convince" the starting pitchers of the team's plans, and
"It's fine. Whatever," Gee said of the six-man rotation, per the Press & Sun-Bulletin. "I mean, I'm pitching. That's the main thing I'm happy about so hopefully I'll do well and we'll go from there. It's probably going to be an adjustment for all of us, and something we're not really used to."
Well, one person who is backing the team's decision is agent Scott Boras, who represents starting pitcher
"On a scenario where we're working on a long-term view of both Matt's interest and the Mets' interests, I'm glad the Mets are thinking of ways to surround Matt with a program when they can keep his innings in a very, very manageable way," Boras said. "We know that pitchers after Tommy John, when they've had 160, 170 innings we know they've come back very effectively.
"Certainly with (Stephen) Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, we've seen that program work effectively for those pitchers. I think that would be certainly a very prudent plan to look at for Matt Harvey as well."
Warthen said the goal is to have the starters make roughly 30 starts instead of the usual 33 during the regular season. The team also wants to be conservative with some of the younger arms --
"It is better for the player. It's better for the organization, at least, until we get to where we feel like we have plenty of innings left in September and still have the possibility of innings left in October," Warthen said, per ESPN.
"Our No. 1 concern is our pitchers, and our pitchers staying healthy. We have some other [young] ones -- [prospect Steven] Matz is coming along. We're going to have Syndergaard here, deGrom here, Harvey here. Those are the guys who are the big concerns. As for the other guys, they have to go along with it. It's going to only prolong their careers. From the organization's standpoint, from my standpoint, I think it's a smart thing to do."
Harvey said he might be experiencing a "dead arm" period coming out of the worst start of his career on Saturday. But the right-hander looks good to go for Friday against the Marlins.
deGrom threw 178 1/3 innings last season, with a majority of them coming in the majors during his Rookie of the Year campaign. He's up to 55 2/3 innings this season through nine starts and owns a 2.75 ERA and 54:13 K:BB ratio.
The team is looking to limit the innings of deGrom,
"The six-man rotation, at this point, is in large part to manage innings, manage appearances, manage pitches," general manager Sandy Alderson said "There is always the risk that guys are getting too much rest. But at the same time, we don't want to run out of innings for any of our starting pitchers at the end of the season."
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