Mets special assistant J.P. Ricciardi told Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sunday that Matt Harvey will start Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers. It will be the only start Harvey makes in the best-of-five versus Los Angeles.
Jacob deGrom is locked in for Game 1 (against Clayton Kershaw, presumably) and Noah Syndergaard will take Game 2 (versus Zack Greinke).
Harvey was the subject of a very public — and sometimes very nasty — innings-limit controversy for much of September. And it’s not yet clear how he’ll be used if the Mets get into the best-of-sevens.
Harvey registered a stellar 2.71 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 188/37 K/BB ratio in 189 1/3 innings this season for the National League East champions. He struck out 11 batters over six innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Nationals.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.