The Mets are "internally discussing" the option of not going with a set five-man rotation when the season starts, according to The Post's Joel Sherman. In fact, the fifth starter may not even be a thing at all.
One player gunning for that spot is Michael Wacha, who took the mound for his first spring training start Tuesday against the Tigers. He pitched well over his two innings of work, but the main question after his performance was about the report -- something he wasn't aware of and, frankly, didn't really care about.
"I didn't read anything like that and they have mentioned anything like that," he said. "My focus right now is going out here today, doing what I can out there and competing. Then, control those five days in between my next start, get those mechanics where I need them to be, make those adjustments I wish I would've made out there going into this next one. But I just try not to worry too much about what others are saying."
If Wacha isn't looking into that report, he must believe he's currently in a battle for that fifth spot with Steven Matz right?
"They told me I'm a starter, so that's what I'm here for," Wacha said, basically reiterating what Matz said on Sunday.
Whatever the competition is, Wacha did a good job of setting the tone for himself. In his two innings, Wacha allowed one hit and two walks, but didn't allow a run to cross the plate. He also struck out two hitters.
The radar gun also had him hovering around 96 mph with his fastball, which was surprising to many. Wacha doesn't mind that result, though.
"It's a good sign for sure," he said. "The ball felt like it was coming out good. Felt like the other pitches were playing off that fastball command. Overall, it went well."