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Dwight Gooden calls out Matt Harvey over innings limit flap

Matt Harvey's handling of his innings limit restriction confuses many, including former Mets ace Dwight Gooden.Joe Skipper/AP

Matt Harvey’s handling of his innings limit restriction confuses many, including former Mets ace Dwight Gooden.

MIAMI – Add Doc Gooden to the list of people flummoxed by the Matt Harvey –innings limit situation.

The former Met great took to Twitter Sunday – he’s at @DocGooden16 – to say, “Can’t believe what I’m hearing. i couldn’t imagine me or ron darling agent would even think about taking the ball from us come crunch time.”

Gooden also tweeted that he expects Harvey, whose agent, Scott Boras, says faces an innings cap of 180, to pitch. Harvey is at 166.1 innings now.

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“Would expect Matt being the ace to come out & say he’s pitching if they make the playoffs & moving forward he wants the ball every 5th day, here on out as long as he’s feeling good,” Gooden tweeted. “lets (sic) remember stressful innings r more important  than innings counts not even going to mention my innings as a 18yr  19yr 20yr.”

Gooden, of course, was a marvel as a teenager and at 20. In Class A at age 18, he was 19-4 and threw 191 innings. The next year, he was the National League Rookie of the Year at 19, going 17-9 and throwing 218 innings. At age 20, Gooden was a Cy Young winner, going 24-4 in 1985 and throwing 276.2 innings.

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