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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Scott Boras says Harvey’s innings limit was misunderstanding - NY Daily News

Misstep, misunderstanding. Tomato,  tomahto.

It was all a big “misunderstanding.”

Uber agent Scott Boras, who started a firestorm in September over Matt Harvey’s innings limit, threatening that the Mets would be putting the right-hander in peril if he was used too much down the stretch, is now happy with the way things worked out.

“I think there was a misunderstanding,” said Boras, who made his annual appearance at the GM Meetings on Wednesday. “Matt never, ever said anything about not throwing in the playoffs. He was always going to throw in the playoffs and our plan included him throwing in the playoffs.

“We were all baseball players, we know you pitch in the playoffs,” Boras continued. “The Mets came to us and Dr. (James) Andrews with a plan to pitch in the playoffs, it was executed and turned out well. “

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, scott boras

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Matt Harvey is the Mets last hope to keep World Series dream alive | Politi |

Of course, if the team doesn’t player better defense and the bullpen continues to misfire, even a great performance by Harvey won’t be enough.

“It seems like when he has a below-average Matt Harvey start, he comes back the next start a lot better,” Mets captain David Wright said. “He’s seen this lineup, he has seen kind of what they’re all about. And I know he’s one of the best at making adjustments, so I’m sure he’s gonna go in with a good game plan and go pitch like Matt Harvey can pitch.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, royals, world series

Thursday, October 29, 2015

New York Mets’ young starters simply might be wearing down | FOX Sports

Are they worn down or is it too much rest? It seems to me they aren’t as sharp with the extra rest. But that’s just me.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, matt harvey, mets, world series

Sunday, October 25, 2015

In Surprise Move, Mets Pick Matt Harvey to Start in Game 1 of World Series

Early Saturday, Mets Manager Terry Collins settled on his World Series starting rotation. He explained to his pitchers the reasoning behind his decision, then pulled his Game 1 starter in for a gut check.

Collins asked, “Are you ready for it?”

Matt Harvey replied, “Damn right.”

In a surprising move, Harvey will take the mound Tuesday night at Kansas City, followed by Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. Collins said the rotation would stay on course for a second turn if the series extended past four games.

“Matt was going to pitch next,” Collins said, referring to Harvey’s place in the rotation during the National League Championship Series. “So I didn’t want to give him five more extra days if I can help it.”

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: October 25, 2015 at 10:40 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, matt harvey, mets, royals, world series

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Inside Baseball: Mets’ Harvey bought arm insurance; plus more MLB notes -

Oh, boy. Can’t the guy just shut up. I don’t see how Boras yapping about Harvey advances his *client’s* interests.

“We were never about him not pitching in the postseason, and we never said Matt Harvey wasn’t going to pitch in the playoffs. Any question revolved around the management of innings,” Boras said. “There’s an obligation—I should say mandate—to pitch. There’s an obligation to the integrity of the game, to his teammates and the fans. At no time did the player or I ever say he wasn’t going to pitch in the postseason.

“I understand Matt Harvey has to pitch,” Boras continued. “The only way not to is to have the team take the ball away from him. And I don’t think they’re doing it anytime soon.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, notes, scott boras

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Berg: Matt Harvey returned to Gotham’s good graces with a dominant Game 1 start

This is always how it was supposed to be for Matt Harvey and the New York Mets: Before Jacob deGrom emerged as the team’s ace this season, before Noah Syndergaard left Valhalla to blaze 100-mph fastballs past mortal hitters, before local kid Steven Matz became one of the club’s most popular players with his stunning debut, Harvey was the guy inked in for the Game 1 start of every postseason series in his tenure in Queens.

And the truth is, he should remain that guy: None of Harvey’s teammates can yet match him for Major League success. Among all Major Leaguers with at least 300 innings pitched since the start of the 2012 season, Harvey’s 2.53 ERA and 2.65 FIP ranks him behind only Clayton Kershaw, a tick above even the similarly excellent deGrom in both stats.

There’s plenty of postseason left, and worlds of time for Harvey to find himself at the center of more drama. But from the way he shined in the spotlight on Saturday, and from everything he said and did before, during and after the game, Harvey implied he has no intentions of standing by while his teammates push forward this October.

It takes more than a single strong playoff start to secure Batman status, but Harvey, by pitching so well in Game 1, ensured he’ll have at least another chance to do that.


JE (Jason) Posted: October 18, 2015 at 01:37 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, matt harvey, mets, nlcs

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Mets’ Matt Harvey, Terry Collins say ace will pitch twice vs. Cubs in NLCS | Newsday

I’m really looking forward to this series. Tonight, though, I have a party to attend. There may be some extra bathroom breaks (via the bar) because I can’t pull the game up on my phone. Stupid Comcast and MLB.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mets Insider: Harvey won’t be available out of pen in Game 5 - NY Daily News

A Dark Knight relegated to pom-pom shaker. DeGrom becomes the ace.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Monday, October 12, 2015

Harper: In NLDS Game 3, Mets’ Harvey can right this wrong - NY Daily News

As if Matt Harvey needed more pressure.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, matt harvey, mets

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Matt Harvey on missing playoff workout: ‘I just screwed up’ | Newsday

How big of a deal is this? I get that he should have been there. He seems to get that he should have been there. Collins didn’t actually refute that this “[expletive] up” isn’t related to other “[expletive] up”, so I’m not sure what to make of it.

Collins often says that in baseball, “perception is reality.” The incident follows Harvey’s innings-limits controversy, when he was criticized by some for appearing to place himself above the team when he did not commit to pitching in the postseason.

Did showing up late only further the perception that he has behaved selfishly, or even unprofessionally?

“That’s your perception, that’s not everybody’s,” Collins told Newsday. “That could just be your perception. Another perception from somebody else could be that he’s a [expletive], you know? The perception of somebody else might be you know what, he was out partying.

“There’s all sorts of things that guys are talking about. That’s your opinion. You’re allowed to write whatever you want. But my perception is he [expletive] up. I’ll take care of it. He’s going to have to deal with his teammates, which is a bigger issue than dealing with anybody else. We’ll take care of it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:55 AM | 180 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Harper: Matt Harvey shows Mets he’s still their ace - NY Daily News

The Mets are on their way to the playoffs and Matt Harvey wants to be a big part of their plan.

“When he came to me last week he said, ‘I want to pitch. I want to stay out there. I want to throw 100 pitches and I want to do it twice (before the end of the season). “He said, ‘We’re going to win this thing and I’m going to pitch in the playoffs, and I’ve got to be ready. And I’m not ready.’ ”

Pitching coach Dan Warthen said Harvey delivered an even more forceful message to him.

“He said he wants to go 100 pitches every fifth day the rest of the way,” Warthen said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, playoffs

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Angell: Matt’s Case

It was 11–2 Yankees in the end, by which time I was snug in bed with the lights out, reviewing the debacle. There in the dark, I suddenly found myself thinking of Thomas Mann’s “The Magic Mountain,” a bygone, not-always-read-all-the-way-through classic that offers many heavyweight causeries among weakened but gallant TB patients and attending staff in a mountain sanatorium. Action, as I recall (I was seventeen when I first read the book), is outweighed by long-winded—no: short-winded—cogitation and repeated lackadays. And my dozing notion was reinforced when I remembered that two very young Mets starters, Jacob Degrom and Noah Syndergaard, are to be given some days off in the next couple of weeks, to keep them strong for the post-season. I see the three—Harvey is in there, too—swathed in steamer rugs and lying outdoors in a row on reclining deck chairs, in the clean, high Alpine air, while well-paid attendants bring them bouillon and biscuits, and a frail, wistfully hopeful dialogue springs up among them and flows lengthily along while they wonder what’s happening in the real world, a place of news and action, many miles below, and what their chances are of surviving until next week or even—kaff, kaff—all the way till November.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Yankees rout Mets to take Subway Series |

Watching the game I was struck by three things. ESPN broadcasting team is dreadful. Harvey looked great. It was really awkward when he was removed from the game.

Between then and now, baseball’s media universe will be abuzz with talk of Harvey, who was as dominant Sunday as at any point this season. Striking out seven over five innings, Harvey allowed just one hit. Only four of the 18 batters he faced hit the ball out of the infield.

But the Mets removed Harvey after the fifth in an effort to keep him within spitting distance of 180 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery—a significant point of contention amongst the Mets, Harvey and his agent, Scott Boras.
As soon as Harvey departed, the Yankees capitalized on two Mets errors to explode for a five-run sixth against reliever Hansel Robles, who allowed a two-run double to Carlos Beltran and a three-run homer to Dustin Ackley.

“[Harvey] was rolling pretty good,” Ackley said. “We couldn’t really string anything together and yeah, when he did come out, we got some guys on base. We knew that was a good chance to really make something happen.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2015 at 05:43 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Are the New York Mets mismanaging Matt Harvey?

This is my concern. A one-time skip in the rotation can be a nice breather. Throwing less pitches per start, especially with so many breaks in between, might increase his risk of being injured if he’s later pushed in the playoffs. Why? Not throwing as much over the last few weeks of the season will ultimately reduce his overall strength and stamina.

We did an informal survey of a group of sports-medicine professionals, a couple of whom would not agree to be interviewed about a player who isn’t their patient. By and large, they liked the Mets’ plan to pitch Harvey in shorter outings on regular rest over the last two weeks of the season. Their only concern was how those shorter outings would affect Harvey’s ability to pitch deeper into games in the postseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 01:53 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Matt Harvey of New York Mets to get half-outings to stay sharp

How about if he just wears a garlic neckless to ward off evil?

The motivation for using Harvey more frequently but for shorter durations is to keep him sharp for the postseason while keeping his innings count in check. Harvey currently sits at 171 2/3 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. Agent Scott Boras has suggested that exceeding 180 innings might imperil Harvey’s health.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 01:32 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Friday, September 11, 2015

Inside Baseball: What’s the deal on Harvey, Cespedes Mets futures? -

Heyman’s latest includes this tidbit.

Alderson and Boras are scheduled to hold a conference call with Andrews soon after the agent returns from Japan Friday with the intention to map out Harvey’s immediate future. It appears the tentative plan has Harvey pitching in the Yankees series September 19-21, and then again, if needed to clinch, against the beleaguered Nationals the final weekend of the season, though the postseason plans remain a secret (a Mets person disputed the likelihood of a 60-pitch count but wouldn’t say more).

I get having an agent handle contract negotiations. I don’t get having an agent handle a discussion about a player’s usage. Ultimately, it’s Harvey’s call.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 07:45 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, notes

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Mets rally, bump division lead to six games |

This will be a very tough loss for the Nationals to recover from. Harvey was overthrowing, with the resulting location issues, and the Nationals were going the other way with hard contract. Then, the bullpen imploded.

The Nationals had a 7-1 lead entering the seventh inning after tagging Matt Harvey for seven runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. But the bullpen had a meltdown, lost the lead and eventually the game. The Nationals had to use three relievers—Blake Treinen, Felipe Rivero and Drew Storen—in the seventh inning as the Mets scored six runs. Yoenis Cespedes made up for an error an inning earlier with a three-run double off Storen that drew the Mets within one, 7-6. Three successive walks then tied it at 7.

9/8/15: Lucas Duda draws a bases-loaded walk to force in Yoenis Cespedes and tie the game at 7 in the 7th inning

An inning later, Jonathan Papelbon allowed the game-winning home run to Kirk Nieuwenhuis. In all, Washington relievers pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowed seven runs and walked six batters.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:13 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, nationals

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Monday, September 07, 2015

Matt Harvey’s damage control isn’t enough for forgiveness | New York Post

The issue was entirely avoidable.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Kahrl: For Matt Harvey, October innings might last a lifetime

Kahrl suggests a way out of this mess.

Does that put him in danger? Yes and no. Pitching always puts a pitcher at risk. But an arm is not a gas tank, so let’s remember he isn’t gassed or running on empty. For that, you should credit the Mets for the care they have exercised in managing his workload this season. The Mets haven’t had him pitch on four days’ rest in consecutive turns since May. While he’s slightly better than the MLB average in pitches per batter faced (3.73 vs. 3.79), he’s averaging less than 100 pitches per start on the year and exactly 100 per start since the break. That care has paid off: He has easily been the Mets’ best starter since the break with a staff-best 1.67 ERA in eight starts.

That care seems to have created very little trust about what might happen going forward. Of course, on the team’s side of things, there’s an easy fix: Their shot at winning it all being so valuable, why not make Harvey an offer before he has to go through the unpleasantness of arbitration for the first time this winter? Just offer to buy out his arbitration years at the very least, perhaps more, Boras willing. Put enough money in Harvey’s pocket to protect against the risk to instead encourage him to embrace the possibilities of the present. Harvey’s already 26 years old, and he won’t reach free agency until after the 2018 season. His big shot at major money in the market is so far off that he’s reasonably concerned. Management’s responsibility to him? Allay those concerns.

JE (Jason) Posted: September 07, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, innings limit, matt harvey, mets

Sunday, September 06, 2015

I Will Pitch in the Playoffs

Matt Harvey speaks (actually he writes).

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2015 at 08:55 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Matt Harvey looks terrible in sudden drama over innings limits | For The Win

Throwing baseballs 100 mph is not a natural activity, and every single pitch Harvey or anyone else throws comes with risk of arm injury. But one thing Harvey did say pretty definitively on Saturday is that he feels great. And the numbers back that up: Over his last six starts, Harvey has a 1.32 ERA in 41 innings with 42 strikeouts against only three walks. If he’s feeling any lingering effects of the surgery that cost him all of 2014, he’s not showing any signs of it whatsoever.

And again, if Harvey really feels its in his best interests to bow out for the rest of the season to prolong his career, that’s his prerogative. But he has to realize that if he shuts himself down for October, he also shuts down his Dark Knight image forever.

The damage already induced by this flap will be forgotten or written off if he pitches and pitches well in the playoffs. But you just can’t go claiming Batman status if you’re concerning yourself with some nebulous risk of injury at the time when Gotham needs you most. Harvey will irreparably ruin his reputation if he willingly sits down for the postseason, establishing himself not as a hero but as a total Joker.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2015 at 06:57 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Ken Rosenthal - Just got off the phone with Scott Boras, who had…

*Boras said he did a study of pitchers who had never thrown 200 innings in a season and then had Tommy John surgery and then ramped up to approximately the 200-inning level in their second full season after returning.
The four pitchers that Boras cited were Shaun Marcum, Josh Johnson, Jarrod Parker and Kris Medlen. All experienced complications, Boras said. All but Marcum had a second Tommy John.

In contrast, Boras said, the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann built their innings in a steadier progression, reaching 200 innings only in their fourth full season after Tommy John.

That study is why Boras believes it is reasonable to follow Andrews’ recommendation of a 180-inning limit for Harvey. Harvey did not throw a single pitch last season and established his career high of 178 1/3 innings in 2013.
“This is the thing the doctors are most scared about,” Boras said. “Matt Harvey threw zero innings in 2014. He will be the only player in history ever to go from 0 to 200 innings.

“If you exceed your (career-high innings total) and you do it in your second season after Tommy John . . . all of those guys had complications. All of those guys had problems.”

I didn’t do a search on my database but all I need is recent memory to call bullshit on Boras. Hasn’t he ever heard of Adam Wainwright?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, scott boras

NY Post: Davidoff: The Mets have the perfect opening to trade Matt Harvey

The Mets should go through on this because they have stockpiled enough starting pitching to envision perennial competition without Harvey. Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Jon Niese and Noah Syndergaard fronting a rotation to kick off 2016, with Zack Wheeler working to return midseason? Yup, that’d work … assuming the Mets score runs more like August and September and less like April through July.

And the best way to beef up that offense, what with rentals Yoenis Cespedes, Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe all likely to depart? Use Harvey to get someone impactful in return.


We’ve arrived at the scene when the Dark Knight becomes the villain, and though events of the next few days might help Mets fans forgive Harvey’s change of heart — his 180, if you will — no one will forget.

If the Mets are feeling particularly feisty, they can work to ship Harvey to a small market, a place where suck-ups and magazine shoots are in short supply.

bobm Posted: September 06, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Mets’ Conundrum: Matt Harvey’s Health Versus a Playoff Run - The New York Times

More info, including quotes from Adam Wainwright and Dr. Andrews.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, matt harvey, mets, scott boras

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