Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster
Jun 12, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) talks with Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. The Brewers won 5-1 in thirteen innings. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The Mets have an abundance of starting pitching, but it’s apparent which five pitchers will break camp with the big club.
Here’s how things should shake out…
Matt Harvey, 18 months removed from Tommy John surgery. Harvey will be on an innings limit, but the Mets have said they’ll space out his starts in order to get him through the entire season (including the playoffs if they make it).
Jon Niese, the only lefty of the bunch, whose health is something that always bears watching.
Zack Wheeler, looking to build off a strong sophomore season.
Jacob deGrom, the reigning Rookie of the Year who will likely have an innings limit of roughly 210. DeGrom’s innings limit will only come into play if the Mets reach the postseason.
Bartolo Colon, who has one year left on his contract at $11 million. With Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz opening the year at Triple-A Las Vegas, it shouldn’t be a surprise if Colon is dealt at the trade deadline to make room in the rotation.
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