3) NY Mets have to set their rotation and confirm if it's a five or six-man group
The Mets will have Max Scherzer start on Opening Day with Justin Verlander getting the ball in the home opener at Citi Field. Everyone else is a bit more unknown. The team could even deploy a six-man rotation to begin the year and revisit it regularly.
The names are known at this time. The injury to Jose Quintana has pushed David Peterson and Tylor Megill into more regular action with at least one ready to take control of a rotation spot until the veteran lefty returns.
Who the Mets choose to be their number two starter this year will be interesting. Kodai Senga has always made the most sense to put in as the number four guy to help ease him into the five-man rotation due to some extra off-days in April. Could this bump Carlos Carrasco up to number two or is a six-man rotation out of the gate enough to help him adjust?
In whatever way these five or even six starters begin the year, we’ll see changes throughout the season. An injury or a starter feeling the need to skip a start will alter it. Starting rotations at the start of an MLB season are not much different than the first line an NHL team puts on the ice for a game. After about 45 seconds, five new players are on the ice. And if the Mets see a better way to set their rotation after one trip through, Buck Showalter won’t hesitate to make a change.