Matt Harvey (right) was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts this season. (USA Today Images)
A decade ago, Roy Halladay tore the same ligament in his elbow as Matt Harvey, and Halladay chose not to have surgery. Doc relayed that message to the young ace, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told ESPN 98.7 on Wednesday morning.
In 2004, Halladay made just 21 starts before being shut down with a tired arm. The next season, he missed his final 13-15 starts after a line drive broke his leg. Over the next six seasons, he went 109-49 with a 2.86 ERA and 46 complete games in 193 starts. Forgoing Tommy John surgery to correct the torn UCL didn’t hurt Halladay.
The Mets and Harvey, who has a partial tear of that same ligament that often leads to Tommy John surgery and about a year on the shelf, still haven’t decided whether he’ll go under the knife. Harvey won’t pitch again this season, but the Mets figure to be improved next year as several high-priced players come off their books and Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese continue to develop. They’ll want Harvey’s 2.27 ERA and gaudy strikeout total in the fold, if at all possible.
Halladay and Harvey have another thing in common. They’re two of only four pitchers in the history of baseball to strike out at least 191 batters in a season while walking no more than 31. Harvey did it this year. Cliff Lee did it last year. Halladay did it in 2010, when he won the award named after the only other hurler who accomplished that feat -- Cy Young.