Dillon Gee may be named the team’s Opening Day starter (ESPN, March 20). Terry Collins said that it “could still be [Bartolo] Colon,” and he would make a final decision this weekend (Ackert, March 20).
Jon Niese, likely the top candidate to pitch on March 31, will likely start the season on the disabled list. Niese is expected to pitch when the Mets first need a fifth starter on April 6 (ESPN, March 19).
Sandy Alderson also suggested Colon as the Opening Day starter in January (MetsBlog, January 7).