As I mentioned in my previous post, Matt Harvey threw a season-high 121 pitches last night for the second time this season. Here’s some interesting data from ESPN on Harvey’s diminished effectiveness when he surpasses 100 pitches.
There’s a clear case to be made to be wary of using Harvey after 100 pitches anyway:
According to ESPN alumnus Steve Glasser, tonight marked the fifth time this season Harvey took the mound for an inning with his pitch count already at 100. It was the first outing in which he even finished an inning in that situation. Harvey has allowed a run in four of those five appearances. In fact, Glasser noted, Harvey has allowed eight earned runs in 1 2/3 innings in those situations — good for a 43.20 ERA. In innings this season that he began without his pitch count having reached 100, Harvey has allowed 29 earned runs in 135 innings, for a 1.93 ERA.
There was some discussion about bringing Harvey out for the seventh inning during the SNY broadcast last night. He was laboring after the sixth and the feeling was that he would probably be removed with his pitch count already at 100. But Collins opted to send him back out.
My question is this… Knowing that he had a blister problem, a fact Collins revealed after the game, why did he send him out there anyway? In addition to his already high pitch count?
Harvey, 24, has thrown 130.0 innings this season and is on pace for 251.2 innings for this season. Combined with the minors, Harvey threw just 169.1 innings in 2012.
Obviously, they’ll have to ease up on his pitching load because that is way too much of an innings increase for our young ace, and I don’t even want to think of the stress that this would put on his arm.