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The Mets announced the rotation through the first two series of the season.

Jon Niese will start Opening Day against the Padres, Matt Harvey will pitch game two on Wednesday, and Dillon Gee will close out the series next Thursday.

Jeremy Hefner will open the series against the Marlins at Citi Field next Friday, Niese will pitch the second game of the series, and Shaun Marcum is scheduled to pitch the final game.

The question is: Will Marcum be healthy enough to start that sixth game of the season, despite extra rest? I appreciate the confidence he has in his body, but I'm sure the rest of the staff is eager to get their assignments so they can start preparing physically and mentally for the regular season - at the same time, Marcum has missed time this spring due to neck and shoulder issues, so he's a more of a risk than others. It might end up making sense to skip him again, just like they're skipping Johan Santana.

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