Just one problem. Harvey is being skipped over for Logan Verritt, making his first major league start.
This is a stupid move. With nearly a quarter of the season left, the Mets are playing it like they have all but wrapped up the NL East. They may not believe that, but that's how it appears.
The Mets' brass is basically looking out for Harvey, a season removed from Tommy John surgery. They are putting him on an innings-limit just like the Nationals did a couple of seasons back with Stephen Strasburg. If history is any indicator, the move will not help Harvey as it didn't assist in keeping Strasburg off the DL or improve his velocity even when healthy. And worse yet, by sidelining Strasburg, it likely kept the Nationals from going to the World Series that year.
There is zero scientific proof that by limiting a young pitcher's innings that it keeps them healthy. Walk through the Hall of Fame and there are scores of pitchers who were a part of four-man rotations who threw over 250 innings a year on average.
But it's just one game, right?
Well, Mets pitching has yielded 18 runs at hitter-friendly Coors Field the last two games--a fact underscored by their winning both of them. Harvey, with his blazing fastball, is the perfect remedy to silence the Rockies' hitters. Verritt? Who knows.
If the Mets give away a very winnable game today and the Nationals win, a four game lead over a sleeping giant isn't exactly a comforting thought.