The Mets will finally feel the impact of their starting pitchers' innings limits this Sunday, as recent call-up Logan Verrett will replace Matt Harvey as the starter for Sunday's series finale against the Rockies.
Verrett, who pitched one inning against the Orioles on Wednesday, had a brief stint on the major league roster earlier in the summer, posting a 0.73 ERA over 12.1 innings in relief. After being optioned to Triple-A upon Jenrry Mejia's short-lived return, he was stretched out as a starter in order to make him available for spot starts down the stretch. That plan is now being put into action.
Harvey, who has had a very good season overall despite some occasional inconsistency, has never pitched more than 178.1 innings in a single major league season. With the Mets looking to make a postseason run this year, they want to keep all three of their young starters—Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard—healthy and strong. This will likely mean more spot starts for Verrett as October approaches.