The Mets play two games — against the defending world champion Royals — in five days to open the regular season, so manager Terry Collins is considering burning two of his starters in the second game, ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports. Matt Harvey has already been designated the Opening Day starter, so game two would likely see Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz.
deGrom’s wife is expecting, however, so the right-hander may have to leave the team to be with his family. In that case, Matz would likely be the lone starter for game two. Noah Syndergaard appears on track to start the Mets’ home opener against the Phillies.
The Mets’ rotation is expected to once again serve as the biggest strength. Last season, only three teams — the Cardinals, Dodgers, and Cubs — had a lower rotation ERA than the Mets’ 3.44.