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NY Mets’ Matt Harvey commits to pitching in playoffs – SportsUntapped.com
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Added September 8th, 2015 by Ian

NY Mets’ Matt Harvey commits to pitching in playoffs
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Even though he recently underwent Tommy John surgery and has been given an innings-pitched quota this year, New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has announced that he’ll pitch in the postseason if the MLB team makes it. Mets’ fans went off the rails when they found put about Harvey’s limit on the number of innings pitched this year and when he wouldn’t confirm whether or not he’d keep playing in the playoffs. He confirmed that his surgeon told him that he shouldn’t pitch more than 185 innings in 2015 in case he does more damage to his arm.

Harvey underwent the surgery back in 2013 and this is his first full season back in action after the arm operation. Scott Boras, who is Harvey’s agent, recently told the press that the Mets will need to shut his client down once he reaches his pitching limit. However, the Mets said the quota isn’t written in stone and is just a rough estimation. Boras said Harvey’s putting his long-term health in danger if he continues to pitch over the suggested limit this year.

Harvey said he’s been talking to his doctor James Andrews, his agent, and the Mets and everybody is now on the same page. He said his doctor and the team have agreed to a limit on innings pitched and he’ll be available for playoff action. But the problem for the Mets is they may not make it to the postseason if Harvey doesn’t keep pitching in the regular season. He seemed adamant about his position on the matter though and stated, “I understand the risks. I am also fully aware of the opportunity the Mets have this postseason. Winning the division and getting to the playoffs is our goal. Once we are there, I will be there.”

Still, the situation is unclear as it wasn’t explained if Harvey will cease to pitch once he hits his limit in the regular season and will then pitch again once the playoffs start. The pitcher had already appeared in 166.1 innings by September 7 and he could reach his limit in the next two or three starts. At the time, the Mets were leading the National League East Division by four games over the Washington Nationals and will be going head to head against them beginning on Sept 7th.

Mets fans were upset with Harvey when they believed he wouldn’t pitch over his limit since they thought he was quitting on the team and wasn’t dedicated to them. Now with the news that he’s willing to take a chance and pitch in the postseason, it seems the fans are happy once again. The Mets have a chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006 and Harvey has been one of their key pitchers this season with a 12-7 record and a 2.60 earned-run average. He ranks eighth in the National League in wins this season and his ERA is sixth best. It’s no wonder Mets fans want him to keep pitching for the rest of 2015.

 
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