Even if the Mets starters reach their innings limits, they MUST continue pitching
Yesterday, Terry Collins was asked questions about the Mets young pitching staff, and how they were going to deal with their innings limits.“We’re walking a fine line right now because their competitiveness is driving them to dominate. When you dominate, you stay in games longer,” said Terry, who hasn’t let any of his starting pitchers pitchers complete a whole game, in fact, the Mets are one of five teams that have not had a starter throw a complete game. The following quote ticked off a lot of Mets fans, for good reason. “They’re going to get to those limits and, if they’re tired, they’re not going to pitch anymore,” and, “So, we’ll worry about that down the road. … When I get to the middle of September and Sandy says ‘So-and-So has reached his limit,’ we’ll worry about who will take that spot. Right now, I am worried about getting there.”
In 2012, the Washington Nationals decided to pull Stephen Strasburg from the postseason, as he had reached his innings limit. The Nationals ended up losing in the NLDS to the Cardinals in 5 down-to-the-wire games. Reporters called it one of the worst moves of the century, Mike Rizzo faced heavy criticism, and to this day the Nationals have not made it pass the Division Series.
If the 2015 New York Mets make it to the postseason, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom must be pitching. If they aren’t pitching, the Mets will not advance through ANY round of the playoffs. Steven Matz’s injury allows him to pitch into the postseason, which is great, because I doubt Noah Syndergaard will be allowed past his innings limit. Since this is Thor’s first year in the majors, it is ok to restrict his innings, but to restrict deGrom (a 27 year old) and Harvey’s (who has been in the big leagues since ’12) innings is preposterous to even consider. Next year, the Mets will not have Daniel Murphy, Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson, Yoenis Cespedes, Bobby Parnell or Tyler Clippard, and without those players, the Mets might not have the same window of opportunity they do today. The time is now for the Mets, but if the future is today, why are the Mets worried about jeopardizing their future, if preventing that jeopardizes today?