The New York Mets announced today that Matt Harvey will be the Opening Day starter. Jacob deGrom will probably be number two, but the Mets are holding off on making that official.
The fun part of Harvey getting his first Opening Day start is that it will come against the Royals on national TV, just as his last game was against the Royals on national TV. That was Game 5 of the World Series, of course, in which Harvey pitched wonderfully before lobbying to come back out for the ninth inning. At that point he gave up two runs, the game went to extra innings and the Royals prevailed, winning the championship.
There will be a lot of talk during that broadcast about Game 5. At least until Harvey is taken out after the sixth or so because, dudes, it’s April 3rd and there’s a lot of baseball to be played.