Mets starter Matt Harvey, responding to recent criticism over a cited 180-innings limit on the 2015 season, penned a column at The Players’ Tribune titled, “I Will Pitch in the Playoffs”.
Harvey hammers home that point, saying he will be “healthy, active, and ready to go,” assuring Mets fans the team won’t be without their ace should they reach the postseason. He writes:
I am communicating with my agent, my doctor, Sandy and the entire Mets organization. I can assure everyone that we’re all on the same page.
Together, we are coming up with a plan to reach an innings limit during the season. 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 has a 2.60 ERA with a 158/34 K/BB ratio over 166 1/3 innings this season. It would likely only take him two — and certainly three — more starts to reach that 180-innings limit.
The Mets lost 4-3 to the Marlins on Sunday. They will head to Washington, D.C. for a three-game series against the Nationals with a four-game first-place lead in the NL East.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.