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33 Matt Harvey SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/217 | Birthdate: 3/27/1989 | Birthplace: New London, CT | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 98/86 | Average Draft Position: 35.12
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Mets planning to use six-man rotation into August


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Once Dillon Gee joins the Mets rotation after his last rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Binghamton, the team plans to go to a six-man rotation through at least early August, pitching coach Dan Warthen said Wednesday.

Warthen said the goal is to have the starters make roughly 30 starts instead of the usual 33 during the regular season. The team also wants to be conservative with some of the younger arms -- Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The other two pitchers in the rotation are veterans Bartolo Colon and Jonathon Niese.

"It is better for the player. It's better for the organization, at least, until we get to where we feel like we have plenty of innings left in September and still have the possibility of innings left in October," Warthen said, per ESPN.

"Our No. 1 concern is our pitchers, and our pitchers staying healthy. We have some other [young] ones -- [prospect Steven] Matz is coming along. We're going to have Syndergaard here, deGrom here, Harvey here. Those are the guys who are the big concerns. As for the other guys, they have to go along with it. It's going to only prolong their careers. From the organization's standpoint, from my standpoint, I think it's a smart thing to do."


Mets SP Matt Harvey throws bullpen session, ready for Friday start


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/26/2015) Mets starter Matt Harvey threw a bullpen session on Tuesday in advance of his scheduled start on Friday. No issues were reported and Harvey seems to be on track to make his next start, according to ESPN.com.

Harvey said he might be experiencing a "dead arm" period coming out of the worst start of his career on Saturday. But the right-hander looks good to go for Friday against the Marlins. 


Mets' Collins to use six-man rotation when Dillon Gee returns


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday that pitcher Jacob deGrom is on an innings limit this season, The Star-Ledger reports. Collins also spoke about his plans to use a six-man rotation when Dillon Gee returns from the disabled list, saying that he told his pitchers it was to keep them fresh late in the year.

deGrom threw 178 1/3 innings last season, with a majority of them coming in the majors during his Rookie of the Year campaign. He's up to 55 2/3 innings this season through nine starts and owns a 2.75 ERA and 54:13 K:BB ratio.

The team is looking to limit the innings of deGrom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard in the event of a possible playoff run, MLB.com reports.

"The six-man rotation, at this point, is in large part to manage innings, manage appearances, manage pitches," general manager Sandy Alderson said "There is always the risk that guys are getting too much rest. But at the same time, we don't want to run out of innings for any of our starting pitchers at the end of the season."


Mets pitcher Matt Harvey might be dealing with 'dead arm'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) There might be an explanation for Mets pitcher Matt Harvey's worst start of his career. He could be experiencing a case of "dead arm," manager Terry Collins said per the N.Y. Daily News.

"I have not talked to Matt yet, but it looks like he might be going through some of that dead arm stuff that sometimes happens. This might help him to have an extra day to get him back on track," said Collins, referring to the Mets' day off Thursday. "He's going to pitch Friday with five days rest, be ready to go."

On Friday, the Mets are scheduled to play at home against the Miami Marlins.

The team expected these types of bumps in the road in his first season back from Tommy John surgery and didn't send him for further medical evaluation. On Saturday, Harvey gave up seven runs on six hits in four innings of work. The 8-2 loss was part of a three-game sweep the Mets suffered in Pittsburgh.


Mets SP Matt Harvey endures worst start of career on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Mets starter Matt Harvey had his worst outing in his big-league career on Saturday against the Pirates. The young ace was touched up for seven runs on six hits in just four innings of work. He walked two and struck out four as the Mets fell 8-2.

Harvey (5-2) got into trouble early, serving up a two-run home run to Andrew McCutchen in the first inning, and a solo bomb to Pedro Alvarez in the second. The wheels fell off completely in the fourth when the Pirates put four more runs on the board.

"Everything was kind of all over the place," Harvey said, per ESPN.com. "I wasn't locating, obviously. My arm feels fine, body feels fine. It's just one of those days where if I tried to spin it, it was over the middle. And if I tried to throw a fastball in, it was away, and vice versa. It was just a pretty terrible outing."

This is the first time in his career that Harvey pitched fewer than five innings and allowed more than five earned runs. His season ERA still sits at an impressive 2.91 mark. He is scheduled to make his next start either Friday or Saturday at home against the Marlins.


Mets pitcher Matt Harvey strikes out nine in no-decision on Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey tossed eight scoreless innings, scattering six hits in New York's 2-1 win over the Cardinals in 14 innings on Monday, but did not factor into the decision. 

"You've got to take the win-loss thing out of the book," Harvey said, per the New York Times, "and concentrate on cheering your teammates on in the bottom half of the inning so we can score."

Harvey only allowed one baserunner to reach as far as third, coming in the first inning. After getting two outs, Harvey allowed Matt Holliday to reach safely on an error. Then, Jhonny Peralta doubled to left to put runners on second and third. He worked out of the jam though, getting Matt Adams to fly out to right.

Harvey struck out the side once and struck out multiple batters in three innings. He totaled nine strikeouts with just one walk. Harvey, who remains 5-1, lowered his ERA to 1.98 in 54 2/3 innings of work. He will look to keep rolling Saturday against the Pirates.


Mets' Matt Harvey allows 1 run in 7 innings in no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey had a great game in what turned out to be a no-decision during Wednesday night's 2-1 loss to the Cubs. 

Harvey pitched seven innings and threw nine strikeouts. He gave up three hits, two walks and now holds a 2.31 ERA for the season. Harvey did not allow an earned run. 

Harvey has only allowed more than three earned runs once this season, when he gave up four in a win over Miami on April 19. This is the third time this year Harvey has gone through a game without allowing an earned run.

He'd only thrown a combined seven strikeouts in his past two games. His nine strikeouts on Wednesday tied his season-high. 

Harvey's next start is projected for May 18 against the Cardinals. 


Mets pitcher Matt Harvey receives first loss of season Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey had a solid outing during Friday's game against the Phillies, but it was not enough as the Mets fell 3-1.

Harvey allowed three runs on six hits over six innings of work. He also struck out four batters and walked one. His biggest mistake came in the fourth inning when Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit a home run.

"I needed to put up zeroes tonight, and I didn't do that," Harvey said, per MLB.com. "[I have] got to go back to square one and get back to where I was. Tomorrow I just begin to get ready for my next start."

Harvey (5-1) received his first loss of the season for his effort and his ERA rose from 2.41 to 2.72 after Friday's start. Harvey has pitched at least six innings in each of his six starts this season.

His next expected start is scheduled for Wednesday at the Chicago Cubs.


Mets' Matt Harvey pitches seven scoreless innings


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey excelled on the mound during Friday night's 4-0 win over the Nationals. 

Harvey went seven innings and didn't allow a run. Harvey only surrendered five hits and walked one batter. He struck out three and threw 93 pitches. It's the first time since his first start of the season on April 9 that Harvey has gone through a game without giving up a run. 

Manager Terry Collins, via The Wall Street Journal, said that despite the solid effort, that Harvey looked like he was slowing down near the end

"I thought he was running out of gas, to be bluntly honest," Collins said. 

Harvey is now 5-0 with an ERA of 2.41. 


Mets' Matt Harvey: 'This week I feel the best I have all year'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Despite dealing with an ankle sprain in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey told reporters this week was the best he has felt physically all season, per the New York Daily News.

"No matter what we do there is going to be speculation on certain things," Harvey said.

"But I felt fine, great really. You have to look at the circumstances. I had an extra day (of rest) and I am going to have an extra day this week. I think you look at the amount of work that was put into that specific game, it wasn't like I was struggling in the seventh and eighth innings and he ran me out there. ... I felt fine. I felt great.

"And this week I feel the best I have all year," Harvey said.

Harvey is 4-0 with a 3.04 ERA in four starts. He'll get to prove how healthy he feels on the mound Friday night at home against Max Scherzer and the Nationals.

Harvey made his first start back from Tommy John against the Nationals on April 9, striking out nine over six shutout frames. The current Washington roster owns a .239 career batting average (16 for 67) against the right-hander.


Mets will turn to six-man rotation to keep Matt Harvey fresh


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) As pitcher Matt Harvey continues to recover from the Tommy John surgery that sidelined him last year, the Mets will take a cautious approach to keeping their ace healthy, experimenting with six-man rotations in order to ensure Harvey keeps his start total right around 30 this season, per Newsday.

The report says the Mets' plan is to try and keep Harvey at 30 starts, with no more than 32 during the regular season. To that end, New York will temporarily switch to a six-man rotation and call up Rafael Montero to start Tuesday against the Marlins. 

Harvey is 4-0 with a 3.04 ERA in four starts and is averaging 6 2/3 innings, a pace that would put him at 200 innings for 30 starts or 213 innings for 32 by the end of the season -- more than the 180 to 190 the Mets had planned for the pitcher.


Mets SP Matt Harvey throws 8 2/3 strong innings Saturday for win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (4-0) went 8 2/3 innings against the Yankees on Saturday, allowing two runs and striking out seven to earn the win.

Harvey came within one out of his second career complete game.

"I still felt good. I still felt strong," Harvey said. "Once you get that close to it you want to finish, but I think [Mets manager Terry Collins] made the right call."

Harvey allowed a run after a double play in the third inning and surrendered a solo home run to Mark Teixeira in the seventh.

"I know he wants this game bad enough. He deserved it in every way," Collins said. "This was his day and he needed to be out there, so I did the best I could to leave him out there."

Harvey threw 107 pitches in the game and was clocked at 98 MPH in the ninth inning.

Harvey's next start is set for Friday against the Nationals.


Mets P Matt Harvey (ankle) still to make start Saturday vs. Yankees


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/24/2015) Despite a mild ankle sprain, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey's scheduled start for Saturday against the Yankees in the Bronx is still a go, reports ESPN.com.

Harvey originally suffered the injury in spring training and had the ankle re-evaluated by a doctor on Wednesday.

Harvey worked out Thursday with the ankle taped up.

"A little tape is not going to keep him from pitching the way he can pitch," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Mets' Matt Harvey has mild ankle sprain, still scheduled to start Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey had his foot evaluated by a doctor on Wednesday and he is reportedly dealing with a mild ankle sprain, according to WOR 710 AM in New York. Manager Terry Collins reassured that Harvey is fine for his next scheduled start Saturday against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

"He's fine. It's nothing," Collins told reporters, per ESPN.

Harvey, who is coming off major elbow surgery, has won all three of his first starts. He owns a 3.50 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 24:1 K:BB ratio over 18 innings. He allowed one earned run over eight innings of work in his previous meeting against the Yankees in 2013.


Mets SP Matt Harvey not having to rely on slider


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey relied on his slider heavily during his breakout year in 2013, as it was his second-most used pitch (18.5 percent) behind his fastball, per FanGraphs.com.

However, as Harvey makes his return from Tommy John surgery in 2015, the slider has been his least-used pitch through three starts. He has thrown it just 4.3 percent of the time, as he is relying more on his curveball and changeup as secondary offerings.

Sliders are known to put the most torque on a pitcher's elbow, per NJ.com. However, coach Dan Warthen said before Harvey made his third start Sunday against the Marlins that there is no hesitation by Harvey to throw the pitch coming off major elbow surgery.

"No. His curveball has been great, changeup's been great, fastball has been outstanding. It's just not taking place," Warthen said. "We haven't thrown it a whole bunch so it's not exactly where you want it to be yet, but it's still a very useable pitch."


Mets starter Matt Harvey moves to 3-0 with solid outing on Sunday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Mets starter Matt Harvey (3-0) allowed four runs on eight hits and stuckout seven in six innings of work Sunday to earn the win against the Marlins.

"It was a battle," Harvey said. "I think I kind of ran out of gas."

Harvey did not walk a batter in the game and has walked just one batter in 18 innings this season.

Harvey has been ill of late but said he doesn't want to miss a start.

"I can't swallow anything. Just felt weak, rundown," he said.

Harvey's won all three of his starts in 2015.

Harvey will look to stay perfect Saturday in New York against the Yankees.


Mets pitcher Matt Harvey strikes out eight in start Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey allowed three runs on five hits, including two home runs, in New York's 6-4 win over the Phillies Tuesday. 

Harvey was a bit erratic in his start, allowing a home run to Chase Utley in the first inning, but recording five strikeouts in the first two. Harvey then allowed a run in both the third and fourth innings before settling down and finishing off his start. 

Harvey now boasts a 2.25 ERA and will look for his third consecutive win of the year Monday 


Mets' Matt Harvey has Phillies' number so far


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/14/2015) The Phillies visit their division-rival Mets Tuesday and will have to face Matt Harvey, who's owned them during his young career, reports ESPN. 

Coming into Tuesday, Harvey has faced the Phillies five times and has never allowed more than two runs in a start while never pitching fewer than six innings.

Overall against the Phillies, Harvey is 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA.


Mets aren't planning to skip Matt Harvey in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins reiterated before Matt Harvey's second start of the season Tuesday against the Phillies he has no plans to skip his turn in the rotation for now. However, Collins said the team could use off-days to push Harvey back a day or two instead of skipping his turn entirely.

As it has been well documented, Harvey is in his first season back after undergoing Tommy John surgery late in the 2013 season. The Mets don't have a concrete number of innings yet for Harvey, but Collins has mentioned 190 innings as a potential goal for the right-hander in 2015.


Mets' Matt Harvey strikes out nine in stellar 2015 debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey made his long-awaited return from Tommy John surgery with bang, striking out nine and collecting a win in his first start since the procedure on Thursday against the Nationals.

Per the New York Post, Harvey had his fastball consistently in the 95-97 mph range and struck out Michael Taylor -- the first batter he faced in a big-league game in roughly 19 months. Three of his nine punchouts were courtesy of Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, who went down swinging each time up.

The 26-year-old Harvey, who was on a soft 90-pitch limit, permitted four hits and one walk while striking nine over six scoreless innings of work in a 6-2 victory. Of his 91 pitches, 63 of them were strikes.

"When you've got a No. 1 guy that you can run out there and you know that, hey, we give him two to three runs a game and he's going to win 20 games -- we got that animal," manager Terry Collins said, per the Associated Press. "He's going to change the dynamic of what our club is all about."

Harvey will make his second start of the season on Tuesday against Philadelphia. He went 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA in three starts against the Phillies in 2013.


Mets could limit Matt Harvey to 190 innings this season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins toyed around the idea of limiting Matt Harvey to 190 innings this season while speaking to the media before Harvey's start back from Tommy John surgery, according to NJ.com.

"We have a chance to leave here with two wins and one loss, which is the level of where we're at right now," Collins said. "If you have one guy on the mound you think can accomplish that, it's Matt Harvey. So we're excited that he's back out there, we're extremely excited that this is the start of hopefully a healthy, long, 190-inning season. But right now we just have to get through today."

"Somewhere over 90 max,' is the soft pitch limit for Harvey against the Nationlals on Wednesday, Collins said. Harvey is 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA over three career starts against Washington.

"Today, he's going to be a jerk because it's his turn to pitch," Collins said, per NJ.com.


Mets P Matt Harvey ready, excited to return


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is excited to throw his first regular-season pitch in 593 days on Thursday, per ESPN.com.

"I think because of the work that's been done in spring training, and the buildup that we've had, I don't really imagine as of now that anything is going to be too much different," Harvey said. "But you never know until you get out there. As of now I don't feel any different than any other start. I'm excited just to get things going and kind of put the injury behind me and start a fresh season."

Although the team will be conservative with Harvey's pitch counts, he knows that is out of his hands.

"That I can't control," Harvey said. "For me, just as much as the weather, if I start worrying, ‘I've got to throw 10 pitches per inning,' then I'm already looking too far ahead. If I can stay focused on pitch by pitch, hopefully [I] can get us deep into the ballgame with whatever pitch limit they put me on."

In 22 2/3 innings pitched this spring in the Grapefruit League, Harvey posted an ERA of 1.19 with only one walk. 


Mets plan to be conservative with Harvey, deGrom early in season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) The Mets plan to be cautious early in the season with starting pitchers Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom since neither player stretched out to 100 pitches during spring training, per NJ.com.

"It's not about health," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "Well in Harvey's case it's about his return. And in deGrom's case it's being a little conservative, that's all."

With the conservative approach in mind, the Mets chose to open the season with an eight-man bullpen.

"That gave us a little bit of flexibility," Alderson said. "That may change as well over time."


Mets ace Harvey projected to throw 90-100 pitches in season debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey went just four innings in his final Grapefruit League start Thursday against the Cardinals. However, the short outing wasn't because he struggled.

In fact, Harvey threw very well Thursday. He tossed four scoreless innings, allowing three hits -- two singles and one double -- and no walks. He also had four strikeouts.

Harvey, who missed last season due to Tommy John surgery, finished the spring with a 1.19 ERA. He totaled 21 strikeouts and walked just one batter in 22 2/3 innings.

“We came in hoping to find out what we have, and we’ve got the same guy we saw two years ago,” manager Terry Collins said, per the New York Post. “We’re excited to get him out there when the games start.”

The Mets ace is set to make his first start of the season next Thursday at Washington. It will be his first regular season start since Aug. 24, 2013.

Collins said the team is "going to be delicate" with Harvey early in the season. He estimated the team's ace would throw about 90 pitches against Washington. Pitching coach Dan Warthen said Harvey's ceiling will be 100 pitches in his 2015 debut, per Newsday.


Solid start for Mets' Matt Harvey


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Mets' pitcher Matt Harvey celebrated his 26th birthday with a solid start against the Cardinals. 

Harvey threw 80 pitches in four and a third innings, striking out five. He gave up a run on three hits and didn't walk a batter. 

"It’s all the process now," manager Terry Collins said. "He’s obviously healthy."

Harvey is returning from Tommy John surgery that cost him all of last season. 

"To know I can throw strikes with everything right now, I’m pretty happy," Harvey said, per the New York Times.

Harvey has a 1.45 ERA this spring with 17 strikeouts in 18 and two thirds innings.