Monday, June 4, 2012
The Mets' Upcoming Rotation (Sponsored By Playboy)
The Mets have announced their upcoming rotation for the next two series. Chris Young will be called up from AAA-Buffalo to start Tuesday's series opener in Washington. He will be followed by Jeremy Hefner and R.A. Dickey in the series finale on Thursday. Therefore, the Nationals will be facing Young-Hefner-Dickey in that order. Playboy Magazine would be proud.
Following the series against the Nationals, the Mets will be traveling to Yankee Stadium. Johan Santana will start the opener on Friday, giving him a full week's rest to bask in the glow of his historic no-hitter. Dillon Gee will start the middle game on Saturday, and - be still, my beating heart - Jonathon Niese will also get a full week of rest, starting the final game in the Bronx on Sunday.
Basically, the Mets will be working with a six-man rotation this week, with no one getting more than one start. It remains to be seen who will start the three games in Tampa next week, although my gut feeling says it will be Chris Young on Tuesday, the 12th, followed by Dickey on Wednesday and Santana in the series finale on Thursday. At least, this is what I'm hoping, as the Studious Metsimus crew will be attending the Wednesday and Thursday games in Tampa. (Yay, us!)
Once the Mets return to Citi Field from Tampa, the Mets should ease their way back into a five-man rotation, with Jeremy Hefner being phased out. Of course, that's all contingent on Chris Young staying healthy and Johan Santana's arm not falling off after his Herculean effort last Friday.
Regardless, the Mets have put together quite the starting staff, and there's no reason to think they won't continue to pitch better than anyone could have expected.