"I think everybody kind of had enough talk and discussion about that whole ordeal," New York Mets' right-hander Matt Harvey told reporters yesterday when asked about the pitch/innings limit drama that came up in the last months of his first full season back following Tommy John surgery.
"I'll be the last person to ever bring that one up again," Harvey said.
He's still pitching in spite of the concerns about his workload and he's lined up to make two starts in the NLCS with the Chicago Cubs, who won all seven regular seasons games between the last two teams standing in the National League.
Harvey said the Mets are a much different team now than the one the Cubs beat in four games in Wrigley Field and May and Citi Field in late June.
"I think we've developed so much as a team," Harvey explained. "We've obviously added a lot of key parts, and we've really grown, and I don't think any of us have really looked towards any series in the past. We're really going into this with a new mindset, a new team basically, and like I said, we're all ready for it. We're all excited, and what's happened in the past really isn't on our mind."
Chicago's skipper Joe Maddon, who's sending Jon Lester out in Game 1, said the Cubs weren't thinking about the results from the regular season either and they don't really matter or have any effect on what's happening now.
"I really don't believe it does," Maddon told reporters.
"The only thing that matters is we know we can beat them. They know they can beat us because based on what they've gone through through this particular moment. So I don't think there is any real weight to be attached to that whatsoever. They're an entirely different team. We're pretty different too compared to that particular moment, but they are really different.
"Believe me, I don't even take any -- I take zero stock in that whatsoever, honestly.
"Those are some really close games, too, that we played against them. We won some close games.
"Things just happened to work in our favor in those moments. Their offense wasn't nearly what it is right now, so I -- I'm not even looking at that as being pertinent."
Game 1 of the NLCS starts at 7:30 PM EDT in Citi Field:
|CHICAGO CUBS||NEW YORK METS|
|Dexter Fowler - CF||Curtis Granderson - RF|
|Kyle Schwarber - LF||David Wright - 3B|
|Kris Bryant - 3B||Daniel Murphy - 2B|
|Anthony Rizzo - 1B||Yoenis Cespedes - LF|
|Starlin Castro - 2B||Travis d'Arnaud - C|
|Jorge Soler - RF||Michael Cuddyer - 1B|
|Javier Baez - SS||Wilmer Flores - SS|
|David Ross - C||Juan Lagares - CF|
|Jon Lester - LHP||Matt Harvey - RHP|
Harvey vs the Cubs:
Lester vs the Mets: