Mets set World Series rotation: Matt Harvey to start Game 1

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Mets manager Terry Collins announced his rotation for the World Series during press availability this afternoon at Citi Field. Contrary to a report yesterday, Collins said that Matt Harvey will start Game 1 against the Royals in Kansas City on Tuesday and will be followed by Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz.

As for his reasoning, Collins said that Harvey was already lined up to start a potential Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs. There’s been some talk of fatigue for deGrom recently, so this order will give him an extra day of rest. Syndergaard will start the first home game at Citi Field, where he had more success during the regular season. It would also line him up to start a potential Game 7. Collins also indicated that Harvey could be used in relief if there’s a Game 7.

New York’s young quartet of starters have been a key to their postseason run. They have posted a 2.65 ERA with 69 strikeouts and 18 walks in 54 1/3 innings over nine starts.