The New York Mets will be playing in their fifth Spring Training game on Tuesday, but we’ve yet to see any of their big starters take the mound. That’s all set to change starting on Thursday.
The Mets have informed reporters of who will be making their Spring Training debuts this week. I like to call them the Mets aces because even though Thor is the anchor of this rotation, they can all be pretty fantastic if we’re being honest here.
On Thursday, last year’s standout rookie, Robert Gsellman will be taking the mound against the Miami Marlins in Port St. Lucie.
The next day on Friday, Noah Syndergaard will pitch against the Houston Astros at First Data Field as well.
Saturday, Jacob deGrom makes his spring debut in West Palm Beach against these same Astros.
Matt Harvey takes the mound on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals as the Mets return to Port St. Lucie before heading back out the following day.
The Monday Steven Matz gets his first chance to pitch against the Marlins in Jupiter, Florida.
These first starts will obviously be extremely short. Don’t be surprised to see the guys coming off injuries (Harvey, deGrom, Matz) to maybe only get one inning that day. Nevertheless, it’ll be great to see to them back out there.
There are big expectations going into this season for this rotation. The Mets will be led by their pitching in 2017, and everyone knows it. If they have postseason hopes – as we all do – these guys will not only have to stay healthy, but they’ll also have to deliver the goods when it counts.
That first step will be taken over the next seven days for these studs, and we could not be happier to get it started.