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Mets announce starting rotation for opening series against Braves

By JT. Teran
Sep 19, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports /
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Opening Day is only five days away, and the Mets today made official who we’ll be seeing take the mound in the first series of the season.

To no one’s surprise, New York will be using Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and Matt Harvey as their first three starters when Atlanta comes into town to kick the year off. Syndergaard had already been announced as the Opening Day starter, so that was already known. He’s been working on a couple of things this spring, but overall, Thor is going to be Thor. He’s the team’s ace, and regardless of his stats in Spring Training, he’s going to be awesome this season.

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DeGrom’s incredibly strong Spring Training definitely made him the right choice at no. 2. He has allowed just 5 earned runs and 12 hits in over 15 innings pitched, which yielded a 2.93 ERA thus far. His fastball has also come alive early on the year too. It’s registered in the mid to high 90’s, so that’s definitely been great to see.

And even after his early struggles with his fastball’s speed, Harvey has made great strides in his last couple of starts. You know he’s going to work his ass off to get back where he needs to be, and the Mets obviously feel that he’s ready to be the Dark Knight once again.

With the uncertainty surrounding Steven Matz and his health, the Mets are not announcing who will be their fourth and fifth starters as of yet. If Matz does need to miss more time, Robert Gsellman would be the likely choice to start after Harvey. Then, it could really be a toss up between Seth Lugo and Zack Wheeler — with the latter likely being considered the favorite.

The Braves, for their part, will be throwing out Julio Teheran on Opening Day. Then, after Tuesday’s day off, game 2 will be started by (Don’t read this part, Michelle) Bartolo Colon in what will be his Atlanta debut. The series will conclude with Jaime Garcia on Thursday.

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If you’re like me, it feels like Opening Day can’t get here soon enough. Thankfully, it’ll be here before we know it. We’ll be back at Citi Field in just five days, and we’ll finally be able to once again chant, “let’s go Mets!”

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