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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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Jacob deGrom has earned the Opening Day start

Michael Carballeira, Contributor

Here we go!

Spring Training games are underway which means the MLB season is just around the corner! The starting rotation has all returned from the injury-filled season they dealt with and even added a new arm to it.

Last year was nothing less than a season of misery for this Mets rotation but they look to come back stronger and healthier for the 2018 campaign and it all begins with the favorite to step on the mound for the season opener and that’s Jacob deGrom.

This would be deGrom’s first Opening Day start and it is well deserved. The Mets ace is coming off a 15-win season and carried a 3.53 ERA through 201 1/3 innings pitched. Jacob deGrom dominated batters at the plate while averaging 7.7 strikeouts per 9 innings. The Mets will need to see more of this from deGrom, who looks to battle for the Cy Young award this season.

Expected to follow deGrom in the rotation is Noah Syndergaard. Thor looks to come back from a horrific injury that cut his season short and landed him on the disabled list in late April. The 25-year-old must get back to that shutdown style pitching with a 2.98 ERA for his short MLB career.

I see the Mets filling out the rotation by going lefty-right-lefty and that starts with the latest addition to the team in Jason Vargas. As some don’t know this is Vargas’ second stint with the Mets. He was traded to New York in 2006 from the then Florida Marlins but his career didn’t last long here. As Vargas returns, he is coming off an 18 win season with a 4.16 ERA. Yes, that ERA stands out but expect the lefty to drop that in the National League.

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The Mets I see then will close out the rotation with the returns of Matt Harvey and then Steven Matz as the fifth man. Both are looking for big comeback season especially Harvey who is looking to resurrect his career. Let’s get ready to see this rotation back in full!

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