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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"I have not talked to Matt yet, but it looks like he might be going through some of that dead arm stuff that sometimes happens. This might help him to have an extra day to get him back on track," said Collins, referring to the Mets' day off Thursday. "He's going to pitch Friday with five days rest, be ready to go."
On Friday, the Mets are scheduled to play at home against the Miami Marlins.
The team expected these types of bumps in the road in his first season back from Tommy John surgery and didn't send him for further medical evaluation. On Saturday, Harvey gave up seven runs on six hits in four innings of work. The 8-2 loss was part of a three-game sweep the Mets suffered in Pittsburgh.
Harvey (5-2) got into trouble early, serving up a two-run home run to Andrew McCutchen in the first inning, and a solo bomb to Pedro Alvarez in the second. The wheels fell off completely in the fourth when the Pirates put four more runs on the board.
"Everything was kind of all over the place," Harvey said, per ESPN.com. "I wasn't locating, obviously. My arm feels fine, body feels fine. It's just one of those days where if I tried to spin it, it was over the middle. And if I tried to throw a fastball in, it was away, and vice versa. It was just a pretty terrible outing."
This is the first time in his career that Harvey pitched fewer than five innings and allowed more than five earned runs. His season ERA still sits at an impressive 2.91 mark. He is scheduled to make his next start either Friday or Saturday at home against the Marlins.
"You've got to take the win-loss thing out of the book," Harvey said, per the New York Times, "and concentrate on cheering your teammates on in the bottom half of the inning so we can score."
Harvey only allowed one baserunner to reach as far as third, coming in the first inning. After getting two outs, Harvey allowed Matt Holliday to reach safely on an error. Then, Jhonny Peralta doubled to left to put runners on second and third. He worked out of the jam though, getting Matt Adams to fly out to right.
Harvey struck out the side once and struck out multiple batters in three innings. He totaled nine strikeouts with just one walk. Harvey, who remains 5-1, lowered his ERA to 1.98 in 54 2/3 innings of work. He will look to keep rolling Saturday against the Pirates.
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