All the Matt Harvey drama in New York has dominated the baseball world over the weekend, but don't expect the same issues to pop up on Chicago's North Side.
Harvey and his super agent Scott Boras are at odds with the Mets about the right-hander's innings limit about two years removed from Tommy John surgery.
Jake Arrieta isn't coming off a major elbow procedure, but the Cubs are still watching his innings ... even if there is no limit in place.
"I've been trying to keep an eye on Jake, taking him out of some games earlier than he would have liked to been taken out of," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the day after Arrieta threw 116 pitches over eight shutout innings.
"And then I just explained to him that we're just trying to build it up for later in the year - 'You're gonna be pitching longer than you have ever.'"
Maddon may be managing Arrieta's innings, but he's thrown at least 90 pitches in every one of his 28 starts this season.
Arrieta has thrown 191 innings this year and is on pace for 231 innings this season (not including any playoffs), a major increase over his previous career high.
His highest innings total in a season before this year came last season when he pitched 176.2 innings between the majors and five rehab starts in the minor leagues.
Maddon said historically, the protocol is to only increase a pitcher's workload by a jump of 20 percent in innings pitched and once a guy reaches 200, "the gloves come off."
Arrieta has never reached 200 innings so by Maddon's logic, the "gloves" should still be on, but Arrieta is 29 years old, pitching in his ninth professional season and is in ridiculous physical shape. He's shown no signs at all of slowing down, either, having not allowed an earned run in his last 29 innings.
The Cubs didn't put Arrieta on an innings limit to begin the season and it's a completely different situation than the Harvey drama in New York.
Still, Maddon understands there's plenty to be gleaned from how the Mets are handling Harvey.
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"If you're ever in that situation, hopefully you're able to really define [an innings limit] in advance so that this kind of thing would never occur," Maddon said. "You want to avoid that at all costs. Especially what they're doing right now - they're playing so well; you don't need any kind of distractions.
"Its a lesson learned for us moving forward and for every other team. You don't want to be put in that situation this time of the year when you're playing this well, with all of this at stake, to have to answer those questions."