Mets tab Bartolo Colon as Opening Day starter

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ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that Bartolo Colon is expected to start for the Mets on Opening Day, April 6 in Washington against the Nationals. Jacob DeGrom is expected to start the Mets’ home opener on April 13 against the Phillies.

Colon, who turns 42 in May, is in the final year of his two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets. He finished with a 4.09 ERA and a 151/30 K/BB ratio in 202 1/3 innings last season.

DeGrom, 26, broke out last season with a 2.69 ERA and a 144/43 K/BB ratio in 140 1/3 innings as a rookie.

Matt Harvey, returning from Tommy John surgery, is expected to make his 2015 season debut on April 9 against the Nationals. Despite the injury, it’s surprising the Mets aren’t giving him the start for either game.