Now that spring training is in full swing, we examine which starting pitchers will break camp and head north with the New York Mets.

For Starters …

Port St. Lucie, Florida — A group of 29 pitchers was invited by the Mets front office to attend spring training in 2017. Nineteen of them are currently on the Mets 40 man roster while 10 are non-roster invitees. Depending on how Mets manager Tery Collins wants to construct his roster, the group of 29 is competing for one of only 12 or 13 opening day pitching roster spots.

ESNY has broken down each of the pitchers invited to camp this year and determined which 13 we think Terry Collins should choose to break camp with the big league club.

This article will focus on the five or six starters that should break camp with the Mets. While the Mets will likely start the season with a five-man starting rotation, Terry Collins may elect to take one extra starter/reliever for emergencies, which brings us to six total.

Four of the six starter spots are locked in, as no doubt, you’ll recognize the names. The remaining two spots are up for grabs, though there are certainly leading contenders. We’ll examine all the Mets options here:


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