The Mets are in the thick of the Wild Card race -- 2.0 games out of the second spot with 38 games to go. And if they make it to the do-or-die play-in game, it seems that Jacob deGrom is already lined up to start it.
The rotation right now in order has deGrom at the top, followed by Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, Marcus Stroman, and Noah Syndergaard.
DeGrom started on Saturday night against the Royals in Kansas City, and if the Mets keep him on an every-fifth-day schedule, his final start of the regular season will be on Sept. 25.
The Mets wrap up the regular season on Sept. 29, meaning deGrom would be on track to start the National League Wild Card game on Oct. 1 on an extra day of rest.
If the Mets wind up in a tiebreaker game, that game would take place on Sept. 30 -- and deGrom would be on track to start on regular rest.
Lots of things can happen between now and the postseason, such as an injury throwing the rotation off kilter or the Mets needing a win on Sept. 29 and potentially having deGrom start on short rest. But the wiser move in that scenario might simply be allowing Syndergaard (who is lined up for it) to start the regular season finale if it's a must-win and keeping deGrom on his regular schedule for a potential tiebreaker or Wild Card game.