By: Paul DiSclafani
We know one thing – Matt Harvey will pitch against John Lester the opener of the NLCS between the Mets and the Cubs on Saturday night. After that, who knows?
Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed that Harvey will start in Game 1, but he is unsure about when Noah Syndergaard will start as they wait to see how he recovers from his relief appearance in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Thursday night. Syndergaard threw just 17 pitches, but he had to warm up four different times before entering the game in the seventh inning.
“I’m certainly well aware that I got him up four times last night,” Collins said. “You could almost say he got ready four times. That could have almost been five innings of work because I knew he threw over 100 pitches warming up. So if he’s still tender tomorrow, he’s probably not going to be Game 2 guy. That’s why I say I don’t have one at the moment.”
If Syndergaard is not ready for Game 2, the Mets will go with rookie Steven Matz. Matz started Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday, giving up three runs, so he would be pitching on normal rest come Sunday.
Beyond Sunday, the Mets figure to start Jacob deGrom in Game 3, followed by Syndergaard in Game 4. That put’s Harvey on regular rest for Game 5 on Thursday next week.