Matt Harvey told Terry Collins he “wants to be available too” in Game 5 of NLDS

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Jacob deGrom is starting for the Mets in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday evening in Los Angeles and Noah Syndergaard will be available to piggyback deGrom if necessary. There might be another lethal right-hander stationed at the ready in the visitors bullpen at Dodger Stadium …

Mets manager Terry Collins said at his press conference Wednesday in Los Angeles that Matt Harvey told him he “wants to be available too” in Thursday’s loser-goes-home tilt. That word comes from Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, who adds that this discussion took place on the team plane from New York to LA.

Harvey was the subject of a very public — and sometimes very nasty — workload controversy over the final month of the regular season and he was to be limited to just one start in the Division Series. But the 26-year-old wants the ball with everything on the line.

If he’s not used Thursday and the Mets still advance, Harvey will likely make two starts in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series against the Cubs.

He allowed three runs — two earned — over five innings in his NLDS Game 3 win.