Found July 07, 2013 on Mets360.com:
To say that Mets righthander Matt Harvey has been good this season would be an understatement. Harvey has been fantastic, making even the most dangerous lineups in baseball look foolish. However, Harvey’s success comes with a lot of work. Up to this point in the season, Harvey has pitched 123 innings. Last week, Manager Terry Collins said that Harvey’s innings cap would be increased from 185 innings to anywhere between 205-225 innings. The large volume of innings that Harvey is on pace to consume raises some concern over Harvey’s health down the road. Harvey’s workload has put him at risk for what’s called the “Verducci Effect.” In 2008, Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci hypothesized that a pitcher under age 25 who pitched 30 innings more than his previous career high was at risk of an injury the following season. The data has been supported in the cases of guys like Phil Hughes, Francisco Liriano, and Mark Prior. Hughes pitched 86 innings in 2009, and then jumped to 176...
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