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.