Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Possible innings limit for Harvey?
By Doug Mittler
Matt Harvey not only pitches quality innings, he is churning them out in bunches.
The New York Mets' phenom leads the major leagues with a 1.44 ERA, but also ranks in the top 10 in innings pitched with 56 1/3 after working seven frames Sunday against the Pirates. Assuming there are no interruptions, Harvey is on pace for 232 1/3 innings over 33 starts, calculates Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.
Given that Harvey threw 169 1/3 innings in 2012 between the majors and minors, Rubin wonders if the Mets might consider cutting his season short again or at least spread out his outings to avoid a leap of over 60 innings in one year. Mets VP Paul DePodesta says it “all depends on the individual and the composition of his individual innings.”
Another team that could face a similar dilemma is the Oakland Athletics. Second-year pitcher A.J. Griffin already has 51 2/3 innings and could easily blow past the combined 184 major and minor league frames he worked in 2012.
If the Mets and Athletics are looking for a blueprint, they can look to the Chicago White Sox, who had Chris Sale miss an occasional start or two last summer and kept the ace lefthander at 192 innings.