Matt Harvey probably won’t be the Mets Opening Day starter

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Terry Collins told the New York Post that Matt Harvey might not pitch until the team’s first home game.¬†That’s April 13. The Mets Opening Day game is on the road in Washington on April 6. Following a series in Atlanta, the home opener is the team’s seventh game overall.

Makes great sense given the Mets’ desire to limit Harvey’s innings with a flex-schedule of sorts next year. Saving him for the home folks and giving him what has come to be thought of as a position of honor — the home opener — achieves both the innings savings of a skipped start during one cycle through the rotation and the ego/media-maintenance that all things related to Matt Harvey seem to entail.