Mets will activate Steven Matz this weekend and skip Noah Syndergaard’s next rotation turn


Adam Rubin of ESPN New York shares the plan …

Noah Syndergaard will have his start skipped in Miami in order to conserve his innings count. Fellow rookie Steven Matz will fill in on Saturday against the Marlins. The New York Mets then will go to a six-man rotation that includes both pitchers the next turn.

Matz has been sidelined since early July with a partial tear of his left lat muscle.

The 24-year-old southpaw surrendered just seven hits and two earned runs in 13 2/3 innings (two starts) with the Mets before landing on the disabled list. Matz also drove in four runs as a hitter in his debut June 28 against the Reds, becoming the first pitcher to tally four RBI in his first major league appearance.

Syndergaard is at 152 innings this season between Triple-A Las Vegas and New York. That is 15 innings north of his previous career high and the Mets want him to be 100 percent for the stretch run and postseason.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.