By default, the one-time Mets’ vaunted rotation will enter the season intact. Jason Vargas’ fractured right thumb opened the door for Steven Matz, who, by his credit, made a strong bid for the spot when he gave up two runs with nine strikeouts in six innings against Houston on Monday.
Working in Matz’s favor is the Astros played with the same lineup that won the World Series last season.
“You saw it, and obviously, the strikeout total was high, but that’s maybe the best lineup he is going to face all year,’’ manager Mickey Callaway said. “That’s a pretty potent lineup and he went after them. That is what I thought was best about him today.’’
But, don’t be fooled by this bit of news because the Mets’ pitching is far from settled.
Jacob deGrom experienced back stiffness earlier in camp but insists he’s fine now. The same applies to Noah Syndergaard, who missed most of last season with a torn lat. He’s throwing over 100 and is blowing away hitters, but I have reservations with him.
I hope I’m wrong but to me, Syndergaard is suffering from the same malady that has stricken Harvey, and that is falling in love with his press clippings and Comic Book persona.
Thor was an immortal fictional character; Syndergaard is a mortal who spends too much time on Twitter.