After Tuesday night's 6-2 loss to the Braves, Mets manager Terry Collins laid out how the Mets plan to handle the starting rotation for the rest of the regular season. Bartolo Colon will pitch Wednesday's series finale against Atlanta at Citi Field. He will be followed by Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, and Jacob deGrom, who will pitch in the four-game series in Cincinnati against the Reds. Jon Niese will then open up the series against the Phillies next Tuesday.
The Mets will likely use this order for the remainder of the regular season, but it remains to be seen how far the Mets will allow Harvey to go in his remaining starts. Harvey has logged 176 2/3 innings this season and was pulled after just five innings in his last start against the Yankees in which he allowed no runs and just one hit. Collins has said it is possible Harvey will pitch fewer than four innings in each of his remaining starts this season.
If the Mets stick to this plan, it would mean Syndergaard, Harvey, and deGrom would be slated to start in the final series against the Washington Nationals, which begins October 2 in Flushing. The Mets currently lead the Nationals by 6.5 games in the National League East, and they would obviously like to have the division wrapped up by the time that series begins.