Given that, here’s how I’d piece together the rest of the rotation and my reasoning.
Collins said Dillon Gee would be the alternative Opening Day starter, so logically he would go second in the rotation. However, I’d go with Bartolo Colon because of his experience and propensity for eating innings and save Gee’s innings for the back end.
Fourth would be innings eater Gee. This way I’m thinking there will be an even distribution of innings with the rotation.
Finally, the fifth starter will probably be Lannan because I don’t know how much stock Collins puts in my lefty-righty-lefty theory. If he does buy into it, then that could push Wheeler back to the fourth or fifth starter.
Probably not, but there are advantages to starting Wheeler fifth: 1) if there is an innings limit on him, fifth is where starts most get pushed back because of early-season off-days, which cuts the innings, and 2) theoretically there’s less pressure as the fifth starter.
So, if the Mets want to treat Wheeler with kid gloves, then fifth is where they have the best opportunity to do so.