In advance of their series against the Nationals at Citi FIeld -- with their home opener on Thursday -- the Mets have made a change to their starting rotation.
In a move manager Mickey Callaway hinted at on Tuesday, the Mets have flipped No.3 starter Zack Wheeler and No. 4 starter Steven Matz in the rotation, which will serve to break up the left-handers (Matz and Jason Vargas, who is the No. 5 starter).
With the adjustment, the Mets' rotation order will be Jacob deGrom (starting on Wednesday night), Noah Syndergaard (starting on Thursday afternoon against Stephen Strasburg), Matz, Wheeler, and Vargas.
After an off-day on Friday, Matz will face Patrick Corbin on Saturday, followed by Wheeler facing Max Scherzer on Sunday.
The rotation change will mean Matz pitching on regular (four days) rest Saturday instead of an extra day of rest -- which he would have had if he stayed on schedule to pitch Sunday. For Wheeler, it will mean pitching on six days of rest.
Matz pitched well in his first start of the season, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits while walking none and striking out three in 5.1 innings against the Marlins on Monday night.
Wheeler allowed four runs (three coming on a home run) on six hits while walking one and striking out seven in 5.0 innings on Sunday against the Nats.