With Sunday's rainout and Monday's off-day, the Mets have a bunch of options when it comes to how they could set up their starting rotation against the Nationals. But Mickey Callaway said Sunday that the plan is simply to push everyone back.
That means a rotation that looks like this against the Nats from Tuesday to Thursday:
Tuesday, May 14: Noah Syndergaard vs. Jeremy Hellickson
Wednesday, May 15: Wilmer Font vs. Patrick Corbin
Thursday, May 16: Zack Wheeler vs. Anibal Sanchez
If the Mets stick with the above plan, it would mean opting to start Font on Wednesday instead of using Wheeler (on regular rest) on Wednesday and Jacob deGrom (on regular rest) on Thursday.
While it would seem logical for the Mets to simply use the rainout to their advantage while eliminating Font's start and getting deGrom a start against the Nats instead of the Marlins, it's also hard to argue keeping deGrom (who recently missed time due to an elbow issue) on track to get some extra rest.
Even without using deGrom, the Mets would have the option of eliminating Font's start if they allow Wheeler to start Wednesday and activate Steven Matz from the IL to start Thursday (as had been the plan). Matz is eligible to return from the IL on Wednesday.
Matz threw a bullpen session at Citi Field on Sunday morning as Callaway was speaking to reporters. As of now, the plan is for him to be activated from the IL and return to the rotation during the Mets' series against the Marlins that begins this coming Friday in Miami.
There's also Jason Vargas, whose hamstring is "feeling pretty good" according to Callaway. Vargas is eligible to return from the IL on Thursday.