This is creating one of the most hysterical faux outrages I’ve ever seen. The narrative from the dissenters goes something like this:
Oh my God, the Mets are skipping Matt Harvey in a game that matters in order for him to pitch in a game that doesn’t matter (the All-Star Game). How dare they! I’m blind to the fact that the Mets need to limit Harvey’s innings anyway, or I’m simply choosing to ignore it so I can be outraged! I can’t believe that the Mets, who need to limit Harvey’s innings at some point this season, are starting to do so in a game in July. On the off chance that the Mets are in contention in September, the fact that he skipped a start in July will probably allow him to pitch deeper into the season. I don’t like logic, though, so…outrage!
Harvey has been dealing with a blister on his right index finger, but has been pitching through it. Yesterday, Mets manager Terry Collins reported that the blister was improving and that Harvey would throw on the side between now and his next start.
Harvey pitching in the All-Star Game poses no health risk, and the Mets are simply choosing this Saturday as a day to skip him since he needs his innings limited anyway. Skipping him also allows Harvey the opportunity to start the All-Star Game in front of his home crowd. When you look at it without the desire to needlessly bash the Mets, it makes perfect sense.
Matt Harvey has earned the right to start in the All-Star Game. The game is at the home of the Mets for the first time since 1964. Harvey is on pace to throw over 240 innings, which will absolutely not happen. At some point, the Mets were going to have to start limiting Harvey in “games that mattered.” This Saturday is the perfect time. It gives his blister more time to heal, allows him to start the All-Star Game, and should lead to him being extra fresh when the second half starts.
Some people need to be outraged about something, though, and this is apparently it.
Those people need to get a grip.