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The end seems to be approaching for New York Mets ace Matt Harvey. Although the team still has not put an exact figure on how many innings they'll let their young starter throw, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com suggests that the organisation is unlikely to let him go far past 200 innings, just over 30 more than last season's 169 1/3. Harvey is naturally keen to keep pitching but accepts that the decision is up to the organisation.
"I try and go nine every start," Harvey said. "So obviously if they start adding up and they decide it's time to shut it down, that's their call. I'm never going to want to give up the ball or not go out there, but I like the fact that it's a five-man rotation. It's been like that forever for a reason, and if they decide that I've had enough, then I've had enough."
Talk of the Mets putting a cap on Harvey's innings was already circulating before the All-Star break, with the right-hander on course to throw over 240 innings at one point. The Mets had been using a six-man rotation, allowing them to reduce the number of starts for Harvey, but have reverted to five following an injury to Jeremy Hefner.
The issue of when to shut young pitchers down will continue to be a subject of debate, as I highlighted earlier in the season when examining Harvey's usage. The NL Cy Young award may also have an interesting part to play: Harvey's elite 2.09 ERA, 178 strikeouts, K/BB ratio of over six and 0.86 WHIP put him in strong contention as long as he continues to pitch, but Clayton Kershaw's outstanding 1.88 ERA may be too much to overcome, especially if Harvey ends up missing four or five starts after being shut down early.
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