Terry Collins clarifies initial postseason rotation plans

BaronOn Saturday night, Terry Collins said Jacob deGrom would serve as the club’s game one starter against the Dodgers on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

On Sunday, Collins offered further albeit unsurprising clarity as to his plans for the rest of the rotation.

Noah Syndergaard will start in game two, and Matt Harvey will start game three at Citi Field next Monday. 

Collins said it’s possible deGrom could be brought back on short rest to pitch game four, but suggested he would not if the Mets were up 2-1 in the Division Series.

Collins did not commit to DeGrom even if the Mets were in a do-or-die game four should Steven Matz be left off the playoff roster, saying deGrom’s workload and the rest of the bullpen’s status could determine if they go that route. 

For now, Bartolo Colon appears to be Matz’s replacement, with Jon Niese still a possibility for the bullpen.

Syndergaard is the logical candidate to start game five, and Collins said he would indeed be in-line to start that game if needed. He will be available on regular rest.

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