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Mets Set Rotation For First Regular Season Series

By Danny Abriano
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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York spoke with team insiders who filled him in on what the Mets plan to do rotation-wise for the first regular season series of the year.

Feb 20, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) in spring training action at Tradition Field]. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

According to the insiders, Jonathon Niese will get the start on opening day on March 31st against Washington, followed by Bartolo Colon in the second game of the season and Dillon Gee in the series finale.

The insiders noted that injuries or other delays could change the current plan.

If things hold firm, Zack Wheeler and whoever the fifth starter is (likely Jenrry Mejia or Daisuke Matsuzaka) would make their first starts of the year during the second series of 2014 against Cincinnati at Citi Field.

Rubin noted that Gee’s success against the Nationals last year (he had an ERA under 3.00 and won four games) led to the Mets slotting him in for the first series of the year against them.

Thoughts:

It’s been common knowledge for a while that Niese would get the opening day nod. Beyond that, Colon in the second game is to be expected.

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