It sounds like the Mets will keep all of their starting pitchers

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At the start of the offseason, it appeared inevitable that the Mets would move one of their starting pitchers. Using their surplus as part of a blockbuster deal for a shortstop was always a possibility, but most of the talk centered around Dillon Gee and Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese to a lesser degree. However, a satisfactory deal failed to materialize and it now sounds like the Mets could go into the season with all of them:

As of now, Gee appears to be the odd man out for a rotation spot, with Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, and Bartolo Colon in front of him. And don’t forget, they have Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, and even Steven Matz close to the majors. The Mets could still find a trade partner for Gee if some team suffers an injury in the spring, so we shouldn’t get too far ahead of ourselves here. And heck, they might have an injury in their own rotation. Barring any of those outcomes though, Gee will be a $5.3 million reliever this season.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.