Mets give Thor 2nd straight Opening Day start, deGrom gets Game 2
For the second straight year, Thor will open the baseball season in Queens.
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced Tuesday that Noah Syndergaard will start on Opening Day when the Amazin's host the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on March 29. Right-hander Jacob deGrom, who has battled some back issues this spring, will get the ball in the Mets' second game of the season.
Syndergaard will become the first Mets pitcher to start consecutive opening days since Johan Santana did it in three straight years from 2008-10, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.
Syndergaard's Opening Day nod comes after a trying 2017 campaign that saw him miss the majority of the season after tearing his lat muscle during a start in April. The 25-year-old didn't return from that injury until Sept. 23, and threw just three total innings down the stretch; all told, he made only seven starts for the Mets last year.
Syndergaard's had himself an excellent spring, posting a 1.08 ERA in three Grapefruit League starts. As if he needed to prove that last year's injuries were behind him, his fastball hit 100 mph during his first outing on Feb. 28.
DeGrom had been considered a candidate to get the start in the opener until he experienced back tightness early in the spring.
The 29-year-old was the Mets' most consistent starter in '17, posting a 3.53 ERA while striking out 239 in 201 1/3 innings pitched.
The remainder of the Mets' rotation behind Syndergaard and deGrom has not been determined, Callaway told NorthJersey.com's Matt Ehalt.
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