New York Mets

Manager Terry Collins announced Noah Syndergaard’s as the New York Mets’ starter in the second of a two-game series with the Royals.

By Jeremy Fialkow

Sheesh, we’re already talking about the 2016 baseball season as if the playoffs are beginning again.

The day’s news in the MLB just went from petty retaliation, to a defense for revenge.

That defense, in the New York Mets‘ eyes, is the man they call Thor.

With today’s rumors that the Kansas City Royals want vengeance for Noah Syndergaard’s high-and-tight throw in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, the Mets had to respond in some way.

Now, we know what cards Mets manager Terry Collins has been keeping up his sleeve.

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It goes something like this:

Matt Harvey v. Royals in Game 1

Thor v. Royals in Game 2

Jacob deGrom v. Philadelphia Phillies for the home-opener.

Color me interested.

Not only will Thor take the mound in Game 2, but Collins is likely to throw the rest of the rotation out during the World Series rematch, sin deGrom, who is expecting the birth of his child in the coming days.

Bartolo Colon will be available from the bullpen throughout both games, while their top-prospect southpaw Steven Matz will come out of the ‘pen in game 2.

Bold prediction: The Mets will take two season-opening road wins into their Citi Field opener on April 8th.

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Jeremy Fialkow was born and raised in Miami, FLA, but currently studies at the University of Maryland. When he's not studying hard, he can be found supporting his sometimes hopeless NY teams: Knicks, Mets, Jets, and Isles. Your sympathy is appreciated.