Mets rotation set through the end of the season – Syndergaard, deGrom, Harvey to face Nationals
As expected, the Mets will have their three best pitchers face the Nationals during the final weekend of the season.
After Tuesday’s loss to the Braves, Collins clarified the club’s rotation plans through the end of the regular season, announcing Steven Matz will pitch Thursday against the Reds, Noah Syndergaard on Friday, Matt Harvey on Saturday, and Jacob deGrom on Sunday.
Jon Niese will open the club’s final road series against the Phillies next Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park, followed by Bartolo Colon on Wednesday and Matz on Thursday.
That means, Syndergaard is lined up to face Washington next Friday night at Citi Field, followed by Harvey next Saturday and deGrom on the final game of the regular season.
Collins left open the possibility that the rotation could change, presumably depending on whether or no one or more of the next 11 games do not have meaning in the standings.
As was the case on Sunday against the Yankees, Harvey’s final two outings of the year are expected to be cut short, so the Mets will knowingly tax the bullpen twice during the finals stretch of 11 games, with their last off-day coming next Monday.
It’s also logical to conclude the Mets have aligned their rotation to have deGrom pitch the first game of the Division Series on Friday, October 9 on regular rest. Harvey would presumably follow in game two, but their rotation could depend on whether or not they have home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.