March 29th, 2016
I found this interesting diagram on MetsBlog.com earlier today, and it explains who will pitch when. There are some surprises on this diagram that are slightly confusing, however. Let me explain:
The basis of Terry’s thinking is that with the extremely un-orthodox start to the schedule, the Mets will be starting their pitchers out of order, and will be able to double up on their starters during the two game opening series in Kansas City. Matt Harvey will start on Opening Night, with Noah Syndergaard starting on the fifth of April. The interesting addition to the series is that Bartolo Colon and Steven Matz will be available in relief during those first two games. This will allow additional flexibility to a rested bullpen.
After that, the rotation returns to normal. As you continue to look at the above image, you should know that this is not an “official Mets document”. If I had to wager, I would say deGrom would go on the thirteenth, and Harvey would pitch on the fourteenth. This is because there is simply no one that can pitch on the thirteenth if you don’t use deGrom. Colon, Syndergaard and Matz would be out of the question do to rest, Harvey would be on short rest and that doesn’t make much sense, and deGrom would be on regular rest. Honestly this is a no brainier, I just don’t have the photoshop skills to edit the image. The only other possibility would be a Gilmartin or Verrett type pitcher, but with so many days off, turing to him before the first real turn in the rotation would be embarrassing to say the least.
Today on MetsPlus.com, we have a nice historical re-blog from John Thorn’s blog “Our Game”, which is on the top of the MLB.com Blogs list. Give it a read:
From my column “Play’s the Thing,” Woodstock Times, December 28, 2006: Walking through the European Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art last week with my son Mark, returned from college for the holidays, we glided from gallery to gallery at a leisurely pace. He had seen many of these glorious paintings before, but only as color plates in an art history textbook. I had visited them at the Met before, but never with him; our earlier visits, when he and his older brothers were still living at home, had tended not to stray far from the mummies, the hieroglyphs, and the Temple of Dendur, unless it was to check out the medieval armor and, as a sop to me, the American Wing.
Now we were two adults, with his interest in Northern Renaissance and Flemish painting far exceeding mine. His newfound passion would determine…
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