As the 2012 MLB season comes to a close for the New York Mets, the decisions they make now will undoubtedly help or hurt them for next year and beyond. Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins have decided to allow rookie phenom Matt Harvey to make only two more starts in this lost season, and that is absolutely the right move.
Everyone has witnessed the questionable move by the Washington Nationals in keeping an innings limit for ace Stephen Strasburg, which could have been prevented with better planning in the beginning of the season. Yet now, in the middle of a pennant race and a push into the playoffs, the Nationals will be without their number one starter. Mets fans do not want to see the same situation next year with Harvey.
Harvey has now pitched 157 1/3 innings and the team has stated that they would like to keep him at 170IP. That is reasonable for this year, but in 2013, if a limit is discussed, it would be better to learn from the Nationals and wait to start Harvey until mid-May. The last thing Mets fans want to see is a surprise run that would be hindered by losing Harvey in September.
Harvey’s statistics this year dictate that he is ready for the big leagues and should be quite successful. Forget about the wins and losses because this Mets offense has been absolutely putrid save for a couple games in the second half. Harvey is now 3-4 in 8 games, 3.04ERA, 10.08 K/9, 1.18 WHIP and an opponents batting average of 2.05. Pretty impressive for what was considered the Mets number two pitching prospect. Just imagine how good their number one, Zack Wheeler is going to be.
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