Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson and the rest of the New York Mets have officially announced their NLDS starting rotation against the Dodgers.
Jacob deGrom will get the call in Game 1, in Los Angeles. He’ll most likely oppose Clayton Kershaw. Noah Syndergaard will go in Game 2, facing Zack Greinke. Matt Harvey will get the ball in Game 3, the game that will see the Mets host their first home playoff game since 2006. A projected wild scene for The Dark Knight and company.
In a perfect world the Mets would have all the confidence in the world in their 2015 ace, Jacob deGrom. Unfortunately, this isn’t a perfect world.
deGrom has been rough, to say the least, heading down the stretch of the season. The guy who blew away three of the AL’s best hitters during the MLB All-Star game hasn’t shown face since July.
His August ERA dipped to 3.28 while his September mark is currently sitting at a 4.50 mark. This, even with the solid 6 IP, 1 R, 9 K performance against the Cincinnati Reds last week.
It’s been Matt Harvey who’s been the ace of the staff over the last two months. It’s Harvey who the Mets should be boasting in Game’s 1 and 5 of the series.
Of course, due to the 180-inning noise made about a month ago by Harvey and Scott Boras, he’ll pitch Game 3 in effort to limit his workload.
It really is a shame. Finally, the Mets are back to the postseason, the place this front office has worked so hard in getting to, and they won’t be able to showcase their best pitcher at the moment twice in a very important, short series.
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