With the Mets 2.0 games out of the second Wild Card spot with 16 games to go, Jacob deGrom remains lined up to start the Wild Card Game on Oct. 1 should New York make it.
The rotation right now in order has deGrom at the top, followed by Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, Marcus Stroman, and Noah Syndergaard.
DeGrom will start next on Saturday against the Dodgers, and if the Mets keep him on an every-fifth-day schedule -- which he has been on over the last month -- his final start of the regular season will be on Sept. 25 against the Marlins at Citi Field.
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 (a distinct possibility with four teams within 2.0 games of eachother), that game would take place on Sept. 30 -- and deGrom would be on track to start on regular rest.
As things currently stand, deGrom is on track to make three more starts on Sept. 14, Sept. 20, and Sept. 25.
If the final game of the season on Sept. 29 is a must-win for the Mets, they will also have the option of turning to deGrom on three days rest. With the way the current schedule shakes out, Noah Syndergaard is on track to start on Sept. 29.
Lots of things can happen between now and the postseason, such as an injury or rainout throwing the rotation off kilter. But the Mets currently having deGrom lined up for the potential Wild Card Game or a play-in game is a perfect scenario.