Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Aren't Planning to Limit Harvey

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Aren't Planning to Limit Harvey

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MIAMI - The Mets had their ERA leader on the mound Friday against Miami, yet all the attention focused on the other ace in the rotation.

Agent Scott Boras told reporters that doctors have said Matt Harvey should not exceed 180 innings this season, and Harvey's innings limit became the topic of the day.

The Mets are not going to shut down Harvey when he reaches 180 innings, and they fell to the Marlins, 6-5, in 11 innings on Friday night at Marlins Park. The Mets (74-60) tied the game at 5 in the ninth on Kelly Johnson's RBI two-out single off A.J. Ramos, but Eric O'Flaherty allowed a walk-off two-out RBI double to Martin Prado.

"We're swinging the bats OK,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said. "[We have to] make sure we get our pitching straightened out.''

The Mets intend to have Harvey pitching through the season and in the playoffs, should they make it. Their division lead slipped to five games with the Nationals beating the Braves.

With the Mets leading, 4-3, in the seventh, Sean Gilmartin, a lefty, allowed hits to both lefties he faced, and Addison Reed failed in his first big spot with his new team. He yielded a game- tying RBI single and walked Marcell Ozuna with the bases loaded to give Miami a 5-4 lead.

The Mets had taken the lead in the top of the inning when Yoenis Cespedes drove a 95-mph fastball into the right-center seats for a two-run homer to give the Mets a 4-3 edge. His leadoff triple in the sixth sparked the two-run rally that sliced the lead to 3-2.

Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed three runs on a season-high nine hits in six innings.

"I feel I threw the ball better than it showed," deGrom said.

While deGrom is not on an innings limit , Harvey is, and the Mets are doing what they can to ensure they won't have to shut him down.

Harvey, who has thrown 166 1/3 innings, will make his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Nationals but will be skipped one more time this season. He is scheduled to address the media today.

"The plan has been pretty consistent from our perspective throughout the season," Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said before the series opener. …

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