Terry Collins kept Matt Harvey's workload a secret after the two worked out a plan earlier this week to let Harvey pitch deeper in to Saturday's game than was originally being reported, the manager told reporters.
Earlier in the week, Harvey told Collins he wanted to handle as much of Saturday's game as possible, despite his agent and General Manager suggesting he pitch only 60--70 pitches through five innings.
"I didn't want to say anything to anybody," Collins said. "But he came to me the other day and he said, 'I'm pitching.' And he said, 'I want to throw 100 pitches.'"
Harvey ended up throwing 97 pitches in 6 2/3 innings in what was his longest outing since early August.
"People say a lot of things," Harvey explained after the game on air to SNY. "The last thing I ever wanted to do was not to be out there with these teammates. I've done everything I can do to stay healthy and be here with these guys. I love these guys. I love these guys. I love being here. They've had my back since day one. I couldn't have better teammates."
"I wanted to be out there more than anybody," he later told reporters. "I've always wanted to be out there, especially these games coming down to October. The last thing I ever want to do is not be out there. Today, it just couldn't have played out any better. We're on our way to October. I'm going to be out there and I'm going to be fighting every time I get the ball."
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
It's all good, Matt, at this point, I think most Mets fans forgive you. I don't think anyone ever doubted that you wanted to pitch. And, everyone knows life is complicated and full of tough decisions. The point is, when the chips are down, and the team needed you most, you were there and will be there in October. In the end, that's all anyone wanted, including you. Thanks for an incredible effort this season...