Terry Collins announces World Series rotation against the Royals
Terry Collins announced the Mets starting rotation for the World Series against the Royals.
In Kansas City, Matt Harvey will start on Tuesday in Game 1, followed by Jacob deGrom in Game 2.
“We like going into Kansas City with our number on and two guys,” Collins explained at Citi Field on Saturday.
Back in New York for Game 3, Noah Syndergaard will get the nod for the first World Series game in Flushing since Game 5 of the 2000 World Series, followed by Steven Matz in Game 4, with the rotation turning back over for Harvey, deGrom and Syndergaard in games 5, 6 and 7.
“Noah has pitched great at home,” the manager continued. “We thought it was a good mix. We think Steven Matz showed us, even though it hasn’t been the depth into those games like he’s going to do in the future, for four or five innings he’s been pretty good.”
Collins said Harvey would be available out of the bullpen if needed for a potential Game 7.
On Friday, Collins opined deGrom was suffering from some fatigue, evident by the sluggishness in his previous two starts. He will start Game 2 with seven full days of rest, as he last pitched in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field last Tuesday.
As for Harvey, he last pitched in Game 1 of the NLCS last Saturday at Citi Field. He will be pitching with nine full days of rest.
Collins has expressed concern over pitching Harvey with two much rest, noting he’s been much sharper pitching in a regular routine on regular rest. But since the Mets won their NLCS in four games, it was impossible for that to happen no matter what.
Harvey was scheduled to start a potential Game 5 in the NLCS if necessary.
Syndergaard will start Game 3 with 11 full days of rest.
All except Matz set career highs in innings pitched this season.