The New York Mets played against the Atlanta Braves and was located at the Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on March 8 and the Amazin's announced on Tuesday that Matt Harvey will be starting the first game of the regular season. New York travels to Kansas City to compete against the Royals to kickoff the 2016 campaign and it marks Harvey's first career opening day start. Manager Collins said he’s avoiding the drama by not announcing his Game 2 starter just yet.
Will this be good that Collins is playing things close to the vest?
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told ESPN in February the Mets will:
"strategically use a sixth starter to keep their staff fresh."
Collins likes to keep the team's plans secret because it will tip his hand to the opponent or if something happens, fans will question their motives. Since the team is dealing with Jacob deGrom taking a paternity leave with his wife expecting a baby during the first week of the new season, it will potentially throw a wrench into the pitching schedule.
What will the Mets do about this leave from deGrom? Will there be a replacement?
The fans know that Harvey will be serving in the first game while Noah Syndergaard will probably pitch in relief in the second game. Last season the Mets went to the World Series and have one of the best rotations in the baseball.
Collins did not want to state that there will be somewhat drastic changes coming in before Zack Wheeler returns from the Tommy John surgery and that’s when the Mets will likely use a six-man rotation to keep their young starters fresh for a playoff push.