Adam Rubin of ESPN reports that the Mets are “strongly considering” Bartolo Colon to be their Opening Day starter.
Not Matt Harvey, who has missed 17 months nor Jacob deGrom, who was the Mets best pitcher last year. Which I suppose could bug someone if someone cared about such things. In the rational world, however, being an Opening Day starter is usually either a reward for being the team’s “ace” or, in some cases, a nod to seniority. It’s not really a big deal.
Unless of course you have a kinda sketchy Hall of Fame case, in which case it means practically everything.
Whatever the case, I have argued in the past that teams should run their worst starting pitcher out on Opening Day. I mean, the game is going to sell out regardless, so you don’t need the star power. Plus, with all of the pregame festivities and hoopla, the game often starts late anyway. Who do you want to annoy more, your ace or the dude who just barely nailed down the last rotation spot and who will probably be in the pen or Triple-A before June?
In other news, there are about 10,000 pretty good reasons no one has ever asked me to manage their team. This is merely one of them.