[sny-box]Matt Harvey needs to know that if he eventually stops pitching for the Mets this season because of an arbitrary innings limit in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, then he will be remembered around here, for as long as he pitches around here, as the star Mets pitcher who quit on his stool because that’s what his agent told him to do.
Mike Lupica, Daily News[/sny-box]
[sny-box]Down the road, we might look back on what transpired Saturday and realize Matt Harvey did the Mets a favor.
The diva right-hander just made it 180 times easier for the Mets, ever aware of how their actions play on the streets, to do what they should have done, anyway, this coming offseason.
Yes, it’s time to start working on a Harvey trade.
[sny-box]So, when Matt Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, says that Harvey's doctor, James Andrews, wants the pitcher restricted to 180 innings this season -- a limitation that Mets GM Sandy Alderson says was never conveyed -- why should anyone be so sure that is the correct number?
Seriously, if the doctors and athletic trainers and numbers-crunching executives have all the answers, why do so many pitchers keep blowing out?
I'm not saying the Mets should be reckless with Harvey, who is still less than two years removed from Tommy John surgery. But the team's loose plan for Harvey — 185 to 190 innings plus postseason — is not unreasonable, as long as the pitcher shows no signs of wearing down.
[sny-box]Go ahead. Be mad. Be furious. Boil all of your venom and aim it all at Matt Harvey, who’s got it coming. Harvey has proven to be the worst kind of sporting phony — the fake tough guy, a fugazi in full, all talk and no action. Rip away.
Mike Vaccaro, Post[/sny-box]
[sny-box]Matt Harvey had a legacy-making moment Saturday in maybe the last place he ever hoped to do it, sitting in front of a pack of reporters on a dugout bench, talking about innings limits.
Funny, we always thought it’d be on a mound where that happened: Harvey, sweating through his jersey, eyes glinting and fastball crackling, throwing a game for the ages in front of a ballpark full of folks wearing Batman masks. It’d be one for the storybooks, or at least for the future postseason media guides.
Instead we have this: A powerful 26-year-old essentially saying he’s on board with the limit of 180 innings his agent says Harvey’s surgeon declared a hard cap.
Anthony McCarron, Daily News[/sny-box]
Twitter was no kinder to Harvey:
[sny-box]The genius of Scott Boras: he and his client Matt Harvey will now be perceived as working AGAINST #Mets playoff chances #ByeEndorsements
[sny-box]#Met fans, teammates: "Yeah we are in 1st place and we can make it to the playoffs!"
Matt Harvey: "Good luck."
Former Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca[/sny-box]
[sny-box]Harvey is "hold-me back" guy in fight. Knew #Mets would hold back last Sept, said wanted to fight (pitch). Thought NYM would hold back all season so said wanted to fight. Now #Mets not holding back and Harvey doesn't want to fight. Might be sound medically but also revealing personally.
Joel Sherman, New York Post[/sny-box]