New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson admitted this week that the decision as to whether Matt Harvey will pitch in the playoffs will ultimately be up to the star pitcher. On Sunday, in a post on The Players’ Tribune, Harvey vowed to pitch in the postseason and provided some clarity on the highly controversial and hotly debated topic.
“As an athlete, when your surgeon explains to you the risks of exceeding a certain number of innings, it can be alarming,” noted Harvey. “You listen. I love to play baseball and I love winning even more. I would not give that up for anything. I also know I want to be able to play and win for a long time. But there has never been a doubt in my mind: I will pitch in the playoffs. I will be healthy, active and ready to go."
There you have it Mets fans. Now you can finally let out a huge sigh of relief.
There’s only one problem.
The Amazin’s have yet to clinch a postseason berth and lead the Nationals by five games in the NL East.
Harvey will take the mound for a pivotal start on Tuesday in D.C., but In the meantime he’ll convene with members of the front office and the team’s medical staff in order to determine an innings plan moving forward.
“Together, we are coming up with a plan to reach an innings limit during the season,” noted Harvey. “It will be a compromise between the doctors and the Mets organization to get me, and the team, to where we need to be for our postseason run.”
Harvey, 26, isn’t succumbing to pressure from fans, the general manager, doctors, or his agent. While his long-term health is a legitimate concern, Harvey is focused on winning and is willing to do anything it takes to help carry the Mets in October.
“I understand the risks,” admitted Harvey. “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.”