Cy Young candidate Matt Harvey likely to be shut down after 200 innings
Matt Harvey has posted a stellar 2.09 ERA for the Mets with 178 strikeouts in only 159.2 innings. His lack of wins (9-3 record) is the only blemish on his Cy Young resume, but that is mostly due to the absurd lack of run support he has gotten from his offense. ESPN ranks Harvey as the 6th leading Cy Young candidate, according to their Cy Young Predictor.
Unfortunately, Harvey will likely struggle to make a push for the prestigious award down the stretch, and Mets fans will struggle to watch their team during the final month of the season - the reason being that the Mets plan to shut down Harvey after 200 innings. The Mets have yet to formally announce their plan, but beat writer Anthony DiComo has reported that "they will not allow [Harvey] to exceed last year's total of 169 1/3 innings by much more than 30."
If Harvey stays on his current pace of seven innings pitched per game, that would have him hit the 200 innings mark with three weeks remaining in the season. The Mets are highly unlikely to be making a playoff push at that point in the year, so there will be no use in pushing Harvey's limits (unlike the Nationals' situation with Stephen Strasburg last season). Harvey appears to be fine with ending his season a little early, saying, "Obviously, I'm not going to be happy to miss any starts, but if it's a week, I'm not going to look at it like I didn't finish a full season."
Who this does affect are Harvey's fantasy owners who were looking to make a push for their league title. If you are lucky enough to have Harvey on your fantasy team this season, be sure to enjoy his sensational outings while you can, because it looks like they'll come to an end prematurely.
The good news for Mets fans, as well as fantasy owners who have Harvey in keeper leagues, is that the 24-year-old ace will have no restrictions in 2014.