Noah Syndergaard will start for the Mets on Opening Day against the Cardinals at Citi Field on March 29, with Jacob deGrom starting the second game of the season on March 31, manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday.
DeGrom, who made his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday, is slightly behind schedule due to a lower back issue that made the math for an Opening Day start an impossibility.
Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland said recently that the Mets wouldn't make an exception and rush deGrom, whose schedule means his final Grapefruit League start falls on March 26 -- putting him on four-days rest for the second game of the season.
Syndergaard made his first Opening Day start last season against the Braves, tossing six scoreless innings against the Braves at Citi Field while allowing five hits, walking none, and striking out seven.
DeGrom has never started on Opening Day, but he did start the Mets' home opener in 2016.