Que sera, sera… Whatever will be, will be… The future’s not ours to see… Que sera, sera…
That’s basically what Terry Collins told reporters on Friday night when he was asked how many innings or how many pitches Matt Harvey was going to throw on Saturday when the Mets take on the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in a 4:00 PM start.
“I don’t have any idea what he’s going to do,” the tight-lipped Collins said. “We have a plan, but things change. I’m not going to talk about what we’re going to expect or how we’re going to work him until the game starts because things are different.”
“If he goes farther, you’re going to say, ‘What happened?’ If he goes less, ‘What happened?’ So, until tomorrow, you’ll just have to wait and see what he does.”
Harvey, who was pulled after 77 pitches despite five stellar scoreless innings on Sunday against the New York Yankees, is currently at 176.2 innings for the season, his first since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Agent Scott Boras created a big stir when he went public with a 180 innings cap after the Mets rebuffed his attempts to have a conversation about how the pitcher would be handled with the likelihood of a playoffs run.
Harvey compounded matters when he awkwardly backed Boras after reporters swarmed him when entering the clubhouse. But GM Sandy Alderson said Harvey has been doing everything the team has asked of him and continues to pitch according to the plan that they’ve laid out for him, including on Sunday when it was decided five and done all along.
“The problem isn’t Matt Harvey, it’s us not knowing how to proceed as we take it start by start. It is unfair to blame any of that on Harvey. He’s done anything we’ve asked.”
With the Mets’ magic number to clinch the National League East down to one game, it’s almost fitting that Harvey is on the mound, he being the first sign the Mets were turning a corner during his All-Star campaign in 2013 that brought hope back to the franchise and the fan base.
Harvey is having one of the greatest post-TJS seasons in the game’s history, posting a 2.70 ERA and 1.012 WHIP in 176.2 innings with 171 strikeouts and only 37 walks while holding batters to a .219 batting average.