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Mets 2018 Preview: Which pitcher gets the Opening Day start?

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Noah Syndergaard
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Noah Syndergaard
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 24: Jacob deGrom
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 24: Jacob deGrom

Don’t forget about the deGrominator.

James Dececchi, Contributor

The Mets will have one of the best one-two punches in baseballl with Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. Having Noah back in the rotation for the whole season will do wonders in imrpoving a rotation that was one of the worst in the majors last season.

Recently signed Jason Vargas will have a rotation spot. After that, there are some question marks. Harvey, Gsellman, Matz, Wheeler and Lugo are all battling it out for the final two spots with whoever doesn’t make the rotation going to either the bullpen or Triple-A Las Vegas.

My early guess for the rotation heading into the season will be deGrom starting on Opening Day, followed by Syndergaard, Vargas, Harvey, and Matz. Gsellman and Lugo will head to Triple A and Wheeler will head to the bullpen. If the Mets can keep just a few of these guys healthy for close to a full season, the team should find a greatly improved record compared to last year’s disaster.

Samantha Murray, Contributor

I think there will be a riot in Flushing if Opening Day isn’t given to the ever-deserving Jacob deGrom. The way I see it, there is literally no other option. I think 2018 is going to be a big year for deGrom.

To me, the rotation coming out of Spring Training (if everyone can keep their arms attached their bodies) will be deGrom, Syndergaard, Harvey, Matz, and Wheeler. In that order. I know the addition of Vargas put this into question a bit, but I think that just ignited Wheeler’s drive to be the best he can be.

I know it’s been said too many times, and I know it is asking for a lot from this team, but I really believe that if four of the five starters can keep themselves healthy, the Mets will have a fighting chance.

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