The Mets will start Batolo Colon on Friday in the second half opener against the Padres. After that, manager Terry Collins is still working on it.
Dillion Gee and Zack Wheeler are next in line with Jonathan Niese to follow in Seattle (ESPN, July 12th). After that, it gets tricky. The plan was to have Daisuke Matsuzaka move back to the bullpen and Jacob deGrom to start.
Collins threw a curveball with that conventional wisdom on Saturday suggesting that deGrom could go to the bullpen because of innings restrictions and Matsuzaka stay in the rotation (ESPN, July 12th).
“I don’t know, but it’s been talked about before that with all of those young guys we’re going to take a break this summer — (Noah) Synderaard and (Rafael) Montero and deGrom — and back off their innings a little bit,” Collins said. “That’ll be discussed (Sunday).”
GM Sandy Alderson has said in the past that deGrom should be at about 180 innings this year without restrictions. deGrom has 105 this season between the majors and minors and could have about 14 starts, including Sunday’s, before the end of the season.