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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)

Mets starting pitchers will be pushed back a day after Sunday's game against the Braves was postponed due to weather.

Zack Wheeler will pitch on Tuesday in the series opener against the Cardinals; Steven Matz, who was slated to start on Tuesday, will pitch on Wednesday night; and Noah Syndergaard will pitch in the series finale on Thursday afternoon. 

Jacob deGrom would then be in line to pitch against the Padres on Friday evening.

 

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Apr 20, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is congratulated by manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports  (Dale Zanine)
Apr 20, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is congratulated by manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (14-6) will complete their four-game series against the Braves (12-8) in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. ET.

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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas, who has been pitching in simulated and intrasquad games to avoid fielding due to an injury to his right (non-throwing) hand, will pitch and field in a minor league rehab game on Monday, manager Mickey Callaway said.

Vargas struck out 12 batters in six innings of an intrasquad game on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. 

If Vargas makes just one minor league rehab start, his return to the Mets -- if it's in the starting rotation -- would be April 28 or a bit after. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)

Jason Vargas's progressing recovery from hand surgery this spring had already raised the question of how the team will manage a crowded rotation, but Matt Harvey's struggles as a starter this season have further complicated matters. It seems inevitable that someone will find themselves pitching out of the bullpen by the end of the month, so who is the best fit?

Two weeks ago, the answer would assuredly have been Zack Wheeler. Since the early days of his major league career, many have seen a future reliever in him, perhaps even a closer. Despite strong tools, he's lacked the ability to go deep into games, and to put away batters consistently. He has also battled injuries throughout his career, including an exceptionally long recovery from Tommy John surgery, leading to conjecture that his arm may not be able to handle the work load of a full-time starter.

Even the Mets seemed to have their doubts about Wheeler's future in the rotation, as a shaky spring led to his starting the season in the minor leagues. But his two quality starts since his recall earlier this month have bought him some renewed confidence and certainly another shot to show he can hold up to the trials of a starting pitcher...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler is open to a move to the bullpen if that's what it takes for him to stay on the big league roster.

"I am not being selfish, I am just trying to prove my case," Wheeler said after Tuesday night's start. "I want to be here and be on this team. Whether it is helping in the bullpen or starting. I want to be here."

Wheeler, who began the season with Triple-A Las Vegas after struggling in Spring Training, has been filling in for Jason Vargas, who may return as early as April 27.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:20
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-2 loss to the Nationals.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Zack Wheeler allowed three runs over six innings, but received no help from his offense. The right-hander walked the bases loaded in the first but escaped with the help of a double play. He allowed a single run in the third and two more in the fourth on several soft hits from the Nationals. Wheeler (1-1) scattered seven hits, walked three and struck out two.

 

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Apr 17, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 17, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings against the Nationals on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

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Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (12-3) continue their three-game series against the Nationals (8-9) at Citi Field on Tuesday night at 7:10 on SNY. 

Mets notes...

The Mets' 12-3 start after 15 games is tied with the 1986 and 2015 squads for best in franchise history. ... The Mets have won their first five series of the season for the first time in franchise history. The 2006 team won the first four series of the season. ... The Mets are 8-1 against the NL East this season. ... The Mets' 335 OBP is the seventh-best mark in the majors...

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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas struck out 12 batters in six innings of an intrasquad game on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. 

Vargas, who has been pitching in simulated and intrasquad games to avoid fielding due to an injury to his right (non-throwing) hand, will pitch and field in a minor league rehab game on Sunday, manager Mickey Callaway said.

If Vargas makes just one minor league rehab start, his return to the Mets -- if it's in the starting rotation -- would be April 27 or a bit after. 

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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

For most of the offseason, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he was happy with the team's starting pitching depth. Most, including yours truly, felt there were far too many 'ifs' as part of that depth, and implored Alderson to sign a starting pitcher. Eventually, he did -- inking LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal. Fast forward a few months...

The Mets are fresh off the first-ever rotation turn of the once known 'five aces' -- Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler.

Vargas, who suffered a fractured bone during spring training that required surgery to his right (non-throwing) hand, is close to a return -- potentially in about 10 days...

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Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

In what was his first start of the season, Zack Wheeler (1-0) allowed one run during seven innings, while striking out seven batters and helping the Mets (10-1) to their eighth-straight win.

Wheeler's first pitch Wednesday night marked the first time ever that he, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz (the heralded Fab Five) all made consecutive starts.

"Everybody is healthy," said Wheeler, who is the team's first starting pitcher this season to get a batter out in a seventh inning. "It's nice to get a turn around. ... Hopefully we can keep it going."

The closest the five pitchers came to making consecutive starts was during June, 2015.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler was stellar in his first start with the big league club this season. 

Wheeler, who was called up from Triple-A to make a spot start for the injured Jason Vargas, went seven strong, making him the first Mets pitcher to do so this season. 

His night would start off with a strikeout to Derek Dietrich, but Miguel Rojas would launch a solo homer to put the Marlins on the board first. But Wheeler wouldn't let the night slip away from him.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:59
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 4-1 win over the Marlins.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) The Mets shook off being no-hit through 6 2/3 innings to rally for four runs in the top of the eighth inning. With Kevin Plawecki on first and one out, Michael Conforto ripped a pinch-hit double and pinch-hitter Adrian Gonzalez followed with a two-run single to give New York a 2-1 lead. Wilmer Flores added an RBI double and Todd Frazier lofted a sacrifice fly to complete the scoring...

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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan lagares (12) singles against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan lagares (12) singles against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

 The Mets go for the three-game sweep of the Marlins in Miami on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Corey Oswalt was optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas after Tuesday night's game to make room for RHP Zack Wheeler.

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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets brought LHP Jason Vargas will them to Miami, but he won't be seeing live action any time soon. 

Vargas still can't field as the surgery to remove the hamate bone in his right hand has just allowed him to use the hand again. Manager Mickey Callaway says the veteran lefty will likely throw another simulated game on Thursday.

"He's gonna throw another 'game,' probably with a protective screen," Callaway said. 

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 (Julie Jacobson)
(Julie Jacobson)

Manager Mickey Callaway said RHP Zack Wheeler will make his first major league start of the season on Wednesday, meaning the Mets' "five aces" will make their first turn through the rotation.

The Mets' group of Noah SyndergaardJacob deGrom, Wheeler, Steven Matz and Matt Harvey will start consecutively for the first time ever.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterI get that people are excited to see this group finally together in a rotation. But, I can't give in to the hype. Not that I'm not excited, but honestly, all I really care about is a rotation that gets the job done. And if this rotation does that, that's a fantastic thing. I wish Lugo had a chance to actually pitch in the rotation, but he has been phenomenal in the bullpen -- as we saw and has already been written about...

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New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler will make his first major league start of the season Wednesday against the Miami Marlins, manager Mickey Callaway said before Sunday's game.

Callaway said he was also considering having Seth Lugo make his first start of the season, but opted to give Wheeler his first major league start since last July.

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Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Zack Wheeler was sharp in his 2018 season debut for Las Vegas (AAA), earning the win with five strong innings. 

The 51s beat the Chihuahuas 5-2 as Wheeler begins to build his case for another chance in the Mets rotation. Over five innings, Wheeler allowed just one run on three hits with six strikeouts. To boot, Wheeler went 2-2 with an RBI from the plate. 

This spring Wheeler pitched himself out of the Mets' rotation, with an 8.10 ERA over 10 IP. He allowed 22 hits and had 14 strikeouts with two walks. 

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Doug Williams and Andy Martino debut their new podcast, and they already want to change the show's title. On today's episode, the guys discuss the team's improved health, their bold predictions for the season, and Zack Wheeler's demotion to Triple A Las Vegas.

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(Brad Penner)

It's easy to be in constant freak-out mode when rooting for and writing daily about the Mets. However, I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge that - for the moment - the Mets have depth and an entirely healthy pitching staff.

I'm including Jason Vargas because, though he'll begin the season on the disabled list, he is expected to miss just one or two starts recovering from a minor surgery on his non-throwing hand. The truth is, according to people close to the team, if Vargas had suffered a similar injury during a pennant race, he'd be pitching through the pain, and be only limited at bat and as a fielder.

This is not the case for most contending teams around the National League.

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Sep 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Giants have been hit hard by injuries to their starting rotation, losing LHP Madison Bumgarner to a broken left hand that will reportedly keep him out until mid-May or June in a best-case scenario. They will also be without RHP Jeff Samardzija for at least three-to-four weeks due to a pectoral strain.

The above is why Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com thinks the Giants could reach out to the Mets in an effort to trade for a starting pitcher. However, Morosi notes that the Mets remain unlikely to deal from their starting pitching depth.

With Zack Wheeler beginning the season with Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets' starting rotation will be Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey, and Seth Lugo.

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New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo throws during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo throws during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

With Zack Wheeler opening the season in the rotation for Triple-A Las Vegas, Seth Lugo will be in the big league rotation, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. That means Jason Vargas (perhaps missing just a rotation turn or two after surgery on his non-throwing hand) beginning the year on the DL.

The expectation last week was that Wheeler would be in the rotation along with Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, and Matt Harvey. But Wheeler pitched himself out of consideration. Meanwhile, Lugo -- who was being prepared for a relief role -- is the beneficiary. And Lugo to the rotation almost certainly means that Robert Gsellman will start the season in the bullpen.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter | I wrote earlier this week about how Lugo and Gsellman should not have been out of the running for a spot in the rotation. It seemed a bit weird to me that everyone was talking about the "dream rotation" and how Matz and Wheeler were automatically getting the spots. Well, that's not the case anymore. I am surprised by the move. But, even though it surprises me, that doesn't mean that I don't like it. I do...

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Wheeler on being sent down 00:01:01
Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and pitching coach Dave Eiland discuss the team's decision to option Wheeler to minor league camp.

The Mets have optioned RHP Zack Wheeler to minor league camp, the team announced. With Wheeler heading to Triple-A, Seth Lugo will be in the rotation, with Jason Vargas starting the season on the DL.

Wheeler has endured a difficult spring, pitching himself out of the rotation despite Vargas' injury. His final line: 10 IP, 22 H, 9 ER, 2 BB, 14 K, 8.10 ERA.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With Wheeler being sent to Triple-A Las Vegas, the rotation of 'five aces' -- a moniker that is rooted in the past, not the present -- will have to wait. Again. Wheeler showed some flashes this spring, briefly putting himself ahead of Steven Matz in the competition for a spot in the rotation. But as Matz has corrected his issues and pitched quite well recently, Wheeler has gone in the opposite direction...

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Feb 27, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets designated hitter Jay Bruce (19) connects for a base hit during a spring training game against the Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 27, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets designated hitter Jay Bruce (19) connects for a base hit during a spring training game against the Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets host the Cardinals on Friday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Zack Wheeler may have gotten the start for the Mets, but it was Seth Lugo who earned the win in a 12-5 spring training contest against the Nationals Thursday night. 

After a quick flyout to begin the game, Wheeler allowed a Howie Kendrick single followed by an error by Todd Frazier, allowing Anthony Rendon to move up to second. Then, Matt Wieters singled home Kendrick, while Michael Taylor did the same on an infield hit to score Rendon. 

Lucikly, Wheeler put out the fire with a double-play ball to end a rough first inning. However, the tribulations continued for the righty. 

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Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets host the Nationals on Thursday night at 6:10 p.m. on SNY.

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Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

While much of the talk surrounds the Mets' much-hyped starting five finally pitching together in the regular season, another bad outing by Zack Wheeler could throw a wrench into those plans.

The NY Post reports that team officials were concerned about Wheeler's last Grapefruit League start last week against the Nationals. The right-hander allowed five runs on seven hits in three innings to hike his ERA this spring to 6.75. Furthermore, Wheeler has yet to go deeper than three innings in any of his four spring appearances.

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Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)
Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)

When I first started writing this article, the focus was on the fifth starter spot. Everyone was assuming that the role would go to Steven Matz or Zack Wheeler. But now, with the minor Jason Vargas injury, there are two spots in the rotation to fill. So, no need to discuss who gets these spots, right? 

If you're nodding your head yes, I think you're wrong.

I have seen a lot of people talking about how we're going to see the "dream rotation" this season -- a rotation that we have been waiting to for quite a few seasons now, made up of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Matz, and Wheeler.

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BNNY: Mets' five aces 00:06:04
The Mets are likely to start the season with Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz in the rotation.

It should first be pointed out that at this point, the "five aces" moniker is more of a reference to what the five pitchers listed below were supposed to be -- not what they are now.

But with the uncertainty surrounding Jason Vargas, the Mets' "five aces" -- Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz -- may be lined up to make a turn through the rotation together for the first time ever.

Syndergaard, deGrom, and Harvey were always locks for the rotation. And now that Vargas is likely to miss at least one start due to surgery to his non-throwing hand, Matz and Wheeler are expected to slot into the rotation for the first week of the season...

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Who makes the Mets' rotation? 00:03:53
The Baseball Night in New York crew break down how the Mets are going to fill out their starting rotation to begin the 2018 season.

Neither Zack Wheeler or Steven Matz is likely to pitch in relief, at least according to the variety of Mets people I have talked with during the last week or so.

I suppose it could happen at some point this season, such as down the stretch or during a postseason roster crunch.

However, for now, because of their respective histories with arm and other injuries, and the amount of time it takes both pitchers to get warm, I believe the organization thinks it would be foolish to make such a switch in roles without first doing a long and methodical transition...

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Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed five runs on seven hits in three innings against the Nationals on Tuesday night.

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New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Amed Rosario doubled and homered, but the Mets were unable to overcome a shaky start by Zack Wheeler and fell to the Nationals, 7-4, on Tuesday night. To see the full box score, click here!

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Callaway, Eiland talk pitching 00:09:23
SNY's Nelson Figueroa sits down with Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland to talk pitching in Port St. Lucie.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland will likely need to convert at least one starting pitcher to a relief role between now and Opening Day. And they recently discussed that process with SNY.

"I think you have to do it sooner rather than later for a couple of reasons," Eiland said. "Obviously, you have to condition that pitcher -- condition his body, his arm. And most importantly, condition his mind. He's used to being in his every-five-day routine. ... and now you have to condition him to pitch every other day, three-out-of-four, four-out-of-six -- whatever the case may be."

"In a perfect world, our five starters will rise up and show who they are early," Eiland added. "It may go down closer to the end than we would like. We have to keep our eye on that and do what's best for the individual and best for the team."

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Feb 26, 2017; Paul Sewald (79) delivers a pitch during a spring training game. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 26, 2017; Paul Sewald (79) delivers a pitch during a spring training game. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

As Spring Training wears on, the pieces of the Mets roster are beginning to fall into place. The bullpen -- a long time thorn in the team's side -- has a strong foundation emerging, and there are several relievers looking to snag a spot for Opening Day.

The back-end of the bullpen is set, and has the potential to be strong. Jeurys Familia is solid so far this spring, and looks to be fully recovered from last season's surgery. A.J. Ramos has also come out strong, and should bring a much-needed consistency that the Mets have often lacked. The newest acquisition, Anthony Swarzak, has seen limited action due to an early calf strain, but should be seeing action this weekend. And Jerry Blevins is looking to continue his stretch as one of the top lefty relievers in the game.

This core quartet leaves either three or four spots for a bevy of competitors to vie for, depending on how many bench players the Mets intend to carry. Paul Sewald, who pitched better last year than his final line indicated, is at the front of the pack currently, having given up only one run this spring over four appearances. He doesn't throw hard, but his sidearm delivery offers a nice complement to the other fireballers on the staff.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Maggie Wiggin
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 3/7 00:02:55
Eamon McAnaney, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 11-4 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman had strong outings before Rafael Montero trotted in from the bullpen with a gasoline can and a match in his hand as the Mets fell to the Yankees, 11-4, on Wednesday afternoon at First Data Field.

To see the full box score, click here!

Things you should know about today's game...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 3/7 00:02:55
Eamon McAnaney, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 11-4 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman had strong outings before Rafael Montero trotted in from the bullpen with a gasoline can and a match in his hand as the Mets fell to the Yankees, 11-4, on Wednesday afternoon at First Data Field.

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Daily News Live: Wheeler's start 00:02:57
After Zack Wheeler's solid outing in today's spring game, the Daily News Live panel discusses the fifth spot in the Mets' rotation in 2018.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler struck out four batters in three scoreless innings against the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon in Port St. Lucie, lowering his Spring Training ERA to 1.80.

Wheeler said he felt more comfortable as the start went along.

"Everything's starting to feel a little bit better and a little more natrual," he said.

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Mets/Braves Highlights 00:01:52
Matt Harvey made his spring training debut throwing two innings in today's game with the Mets coming away with the win over the Braves.

Matt Harvey made his first start of Spring Training and the Mets rallied in the ninth inning to beat the Braves, 6-4, on Wednesday afternoon in Disney. Down to their final out and trailing, 4-3, Luis Guillorme singled, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and scored on Jeff McNeil's single as the Mets tied the game. Arnaldo Berrios followed with a two-run homer to put New York up, 6-4.

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BNNY: Wheeler enters in relief 00:01:31
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses Zack Wheeler's appearance in today's game against the Braves coming in relief for Matt Harvey.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler entered in the fourth inning and allowed one run while throwing 26 pitches in what was his only inning of work on Wednesday afternoon against the Braves.

"I gotta put guys away a little bit faster," Wheeler said after the game.

Wheeler allowed a bloop double leading off the inning before striking out Freddie Freeman and Tyler Flowers. Wheeler then uncorked two wild pitches (both on curveballs, allowing a run to score), and allowed two soft singles before inducing a fly out to center field to end the inning.

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New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, left, talks with pitching coach Dave Eiland during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, left, talks with pitching coach Dave Eiland during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The Mets travel to Disney to face the Braves today at 1:05 p.m.

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Post Game Extra: Mets lose 00:03:12
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets? 8-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday afternoon.

Steven Matz allowed five runs in 1 + inning during his Grapefruit League debut as the Mets lost to the Astros, 8-2, on Tuesday afternoon in Port St. Lucie.

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Matt Harvey will make his Spring Training debut when he starts against the Braves on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m., manager Mickey Callaway said on Monday.

Harvey returned from Thoracic Outlet surgery last season, and also dealt with an injury to his scapula that kept him out of action from June 15 to Sept. 2.

Zack Wheeler will enter the game after Harvey.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:37
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-2 win over the Braves.

On the strength of a six-run eighth inning that featured a game-tying double by Zach Borenstein and three bases loaded walks, the Mets beat the Braves, 6-2, in their Grapefruit League opener on Friday afternoon at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie.

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets open their Grapefruit League schedule against the Braves at First Data Field at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Who is pitching today for the Mets? 

RHP Zack Wheeler gets the start, with Hansel RoblesChris FlexenPaul SewaldCorey OswaltJacob RhameTyler BashlorJamie Callahan, and Drew Smith also scheduled to pitch.

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced the starting pitchers and relievers for the first three Grapefruit League games.

Zack Wheeler will start on Friday against the Braves at 1:10 p.m. on SNY, with Hansel Robles, Chris Flexen, Paul SewaldCorey Oswalt, Jacob Rhame, Tyler Bashlor, Jamie Callahan, and Drew Smith also scheduled to pitch.

Seth Lugo will start on Saturday against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX, with Kevin McGowan, Marcos Molina, P.J. Conlon, Corey Taylor, and Gerson Bautista also scheduled to pitch.

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Is Wheeler a starting pitcher? 00:03:38
Mets manager Mickey Callaway believes that Zack Wheeler is a starting pitcher, and the panel debates whether they agree with the skipper.

In the wake of a NY Daily News report that the Mets planned to open the season with RHP Zack Wheeler in the bullpen, manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday that Wheeler is "definitely a starting pitcher."

"For us to be the best possible team we can be, we have to have him be a starter," Callaway added. "And he's gonna go out there and do everything he can to win this competition that we have going on."

Wheeler will start the Mets' Grapefruit League opener on Friday.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Wheeler has spent the better part of three years working his way back from Tommy John surgery, so his frustration last week was somewhat understandable -- even though the optics were bad. And regardless of what Callaway said on Wednesday, Wheeler is simply the most logical choice to move to the bullpen...

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Sights and Sounds: Tuesday 00:01:00
SNY.tv delivers the sights and sounds of Tuesday's Mets workout in Port St. Lucie, with up close looks at Wheeler, Ramos, Reyes and more.

SNY.tv delivers the sights and sounds of Tuesday's Mets workout in Port St. Lucie, with up close looks at Zack Wheeler, AJ Ramos, Jose Reyes and more.

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 (Jay Biggerstaff)
(Jay Biggerstaff)

The signing of veteran lefty Jason Vargas prompted GM Sandy Alderson to say the team is "pretty much where we want to be." But the signing has left some on the Mets' pitching staff wondering where they stand within the rotation. 

The Mets have always been looking for another starter this offseason, and Vargas doesn't only fill that void, but he brings with him veteran knowledge and leadership to a young talented group of pitchers in the starting rotation.

"Not only do we have another guy that can go out there and pitch effectively, we've deepened our team," manager Mickey Callaway noted. "We've added to our depth and probably strengthened our bullpen in a role. He brings a lot not just to the dynamic of our team, but team leadership."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

In the wake of the Mets signing LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal, RHP Zack Wheeler said his focus remains on being a starting pitcher. He expressed that focus with few words.

But Wheeler regrets being so brief with his answers and understands why that might have been construed as anger, but says that any addition to the team is good.

"I shouldn't have been short about it," Wheeler said. "Anybody who comes and helps out or team is always a plus. ... I barely pitched in two and a half years. I totally understand it."

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