To keep the starting staff rested and keep Matt Harvey's innings in check in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, the New York Mets will skip his Sunday scheduled start against the Colorado Rockies in Coors Field.
In place of Harvey will be the 25-year-old minor leaguer from Triple-A Las Vegas Logan Verrett. He will be making his first career major league start.
This will be the first time Harvey will miss a start this season and due to the Mets and manager Terry Collins determination to limit Harvey’s innings he will be forced to miss this one. Harvey has currently pitched 154 innings after missing the entire 2014 season and has a 11-7 record with a 2.57 ERA
The Mets have decided to rest the pitcher now while they have a comfortable lead of 5 games over the struggling Nationals in the east.
“The last thing you want to do is keep putting it off or waiting to hear when it's going to happen," Harvey said. "Obviously, the innings are adding up. We've kind of been discussing that the whole time. I told them I was completely on board with whatever they want to do. I just preferred that it would be sooner rather than later. "Toward the end of September, if we're still where we are, I want to be as sharp as possible going into October. Now seemed like a good time.”
Terry Collins also has similar plans to rest Noah Syndergaard although he will make his next start on Tuesday against the Phillies. Likely to help in the further reduction of innings will rookie Steven Matz who is due to become the sixth starter.
Matz who suffered from a strained lat muscle has had two minor league rehab starts so far. He will likely have one more rehab starter before joining the team after September 1st when rosters expand.
Limiting innings pitched for both Harvey and Syndergaard will keep their staff sharp and health come playoff time. There is also the added benefit of protecting their 22-year-old phenom. The only dangers of this strategy are the possibility of letting the Nationals back into the playoff race.
However with Matz joining as a sixth starter who is good enough to start regularly and occasional spot starts by Verrett the Mets should not be giving away to many games by resting Harvey and Syndergaard.