Manager Terry Collins and the Mets’ General manager Sandy Alderson have decided that Matt Harvey will likely pitch the third games of the national league divisional series. The Mets have been resting Matt Harvey in the final weeks of the season and with this announcement Harvey will likely only make one appearance in the first playoff series. The Mets only all star this year will start the opener followed by the rookie, Jacob deGrom, in game two.
Game 3 is an important game," Alderson told ESPN "It doesn’t matter whether up 2-0 or down 0-2 or 1-1, it’s a big game."
The Mets have been extremely caution following Harvey’s agent Scott Boras publicly disagreed with how the Mets were handling his work load following Tommy John surgery that caused Harvey to miss all of the 2014 season. Starting their debatable ace in the third game shows they will continue with caution through out October. However Manager Terry Collins said when Harvey toes the rubber in the post season it will be without inning restrictions. "When he goes out and pitches, the reins will be off," Collins said. "But we’ve still got to take into considerations we can't pitch him six times."
It is still unclear how many starts Harvey will get if the Mets happen to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. If the team advances Terry Collins and the Mets’ organization may want to change the pitching order but for now Harvey will likely just have to focus on this one start.
Harvey has pitched 183 1/3 innings this season well above the rumored doctors recommendations. He is 13-7 with a 2.80 ERA over 28 starts.
Some questions still remain as to whether or not the Mets will use a fourth starter and who the fourth starter would be if needed. Colon and Matz are the obvious front-runners and however it still far from decided between the two.
A strong case for Colon is his experience and reliability. Collins said about Bartolo “I think he's pitching pretty good lately, and one thing, he's not going to walk anybody. He knows what he's doing, he's been out there, he's done it, and you kind of feel confident.” Colon is 14-13 with a 4.18
Matz has several upsides like being a valuable young lefty but the Mets should feel confident if Colon ends up being the fourth man. However the Mets are still making the final decisions on their playoff rotation.
The Mets are making there first playoff appearance in nine years.