Opening Day Preview

PITCHING ROTATION

The rotation to start the year will be as follows:

  1. Noah Syndergaard
  2. Jacob deGrom
  3. Matt Harvey
  4. Zack Wheeler
  5. Robert Gsellman

Robert GsellmanI probably should’ve included a spoiler alert that Wheeler’s is, in fact, alive and well. Better yet, his 5.11 Spring Training ERA was good enough to land him a spot as the Mets’ fourth starter.

Gsellman comes out of Spring Training with a 2.31 ERA and a number five spot to his name. Inflammation in Steven Matz’ throwing elbow and Seth Lugo’s ‘dead arm’ solidified Gsellman’s rotation spot. Matz should return to the rotation by the end of the month, meaning both Gsellman and Lugo could be headed for the ‘pen—not a terrible problem to have.

Lugo, in fact, does not have a solidified role in this years’ Mets staff. As a result of a bloated 5.56 ERA across 11.1 innings and being overworked representing Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, Lugo’s Opening Day roster spot is in jeopardy. Long-elated prospect Rafael Montero has emerged from the dead as his primary rival for the final spot in the bullpen.

Rafael MonteroMontero worked to a 8.05 ERA across 19 innings pitched last season, but had a great showing primarily out of the bullpen this Spring, pitching to a crisp 1.77 ERA and 1.13 WHIP across 20.1 innings. Josh Edgin, sporting a fair 3.60 ERA in 11 Grapefruit League games, has earned a spot, as well; a result of him being out of minor league options.

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