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.