“Mets star right-hander Matt Harvey may be getting close to his innings limit. Or he may not be.It’s hard to know who’s right here, but one thing’s for sure: The Harvey innings situation is a budding controversy and source of consternation at a time nearly everything seems right in the Mets’ world.”
I view this as a non-story. Coming into the 2015, and coming off of an 18 month recovery/rehab period that Harvey endured, we knew there would be a recommended limit. That being said, the Mets are in the thick of it and in no way, shape, or form, are going to let the Nationals mistake with Strasburg come back and bite them in the ass as well.
It basically comes down to these three things:
- Boras is coming out with this information now because he doesn’t want to be held responsible if the Mets were to pitch Harvey deep in the playoffs and his arm eventually blows out (next year, 3 years, 7 years from now, it doesn’t matter). He is saving his reputation, but more importantly his wallet, as it comes to potential future clients.
- Matt Harvey likely will not be a New York Met for his career. The Mets are smart to allow Harvey to go out there and do what he is doing, because you never know what the future holds. Again, just ask the Washington Nationals. Should Alderson be concerned with the potential effects of going over the innings limit on a 28, 29, or 30 year old Matt Harvey? No. He needs to worry about the 26 year old Matt Harvey that is pitching the 2015 New York Mets towards a NL East title.
- Matt Harvey is going to do what he wants to do. He already begrudgingly has pitched in a 6-man rotation, had a start skipped (and potentially another coming up) and has claimed he is strong and healthy, and his numbers back that up. Just like the Mets not knowing the future, neither does Harvey. What scientific proof is there that 180 innings will be the end all be all for future health and success. We are in the now and if Harvey wins now, it will mean more than saying well I skipped the playoffs, but here is an extra few million dollars in my championship-less pockets.
What baffles me most of all is how Boras keeps attracting all of these top of the line players. I get that he fills their pockets with lots of green, but he meddles in every little detail of the game that no agent has a place in. He is consistently the only agent making headlines and creating drama when there shouldn’t be any. Even worse is that MLB allows him to continue in his ways.
All that being said, again, this is not a story that anyone should give a damn about and should not be making headlines of filling up talk radio right now. We all know the risks of players coming off of Tommy John surgery and what may or may not be their future in professional baseball. Harvey is in rare company with the type of success he has had so quickly in his first year back and let all of us long suffering Mets fans enjoy the first damn winning season we have been able to enjoy in nearly a decade.