Steven Matz will pitch Saturday instead of Noah Syndergaard
Steven Matz was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday afternoon, and Terry Collins said he will soon be inserted into the starting rotation.
Collins said initially, the club will not go with a six-man rotation even when Matz is inserted into the mix.
That likely means, as it’s been written on this site before, Matz could pitch on regular rest on Saturday in Miami, with the club skipping Noah Syndergaard. Then the Mets will reinsert Syndergaard into the rotation either on regular rest or shortly thereafter in an effort to cut his innings down, and they’ll go with a six-man rotation from that point through the end of the regular season.
In fact, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has confirmed the Mets will indeed skip Syndergaard with Matz this Saturday.
It’s logical to assume Syndergaard will be reinserted into the rotation sometime in their four-game series against the Braves at Turner Field, if they choose to go this route.
Syndergaard has thrown approximately 152 innings this season between Triple-A Las Vegas and Double-A Binghamton. He threw 133 innings for Las Vegas in 2014. Typically the club allows for a 30 inning increase over the prior season for their young starters.
Still, Collins and Sandy Alderson have both said Syndergaard and the rest of the starting pitchers will be available during the final week of the season and in the postseason.