The three starting pitchers for the Mets’ three-game series with the Braves this week were supposed to be Robert Gsellman, Noah Syndergaard, and Matt Harvey. However, the postponement on Tuesday night created an opportunity for the team to skip Gsellman’s scheduled start while keeping Syndergaard on schedule for Wednesday.
That’s originally what New York said it would do, but there has been a change of plans. Gsellman will now take Wednesday while Syndergaard gets an extra day of rest and starts in Thursday’s matinee.
Skipping Gsellman would have allowed the Mets to get their hottest pitcher on the mound a day earlier, but this is an organization that has been all about giving its young hurlers plenty of rest. From that perspective, the change is not very surprising, and it’s not as though Gsellman has been a slouch. With 20 strikeouts and six walks in 17.2 innings so far, his 5.09 ERA is due to be knocked down a notch, especially after the right-hander’s quality start last week against Philadelphia.
The Atlanta series has been shortened to two games, and that puts Harvey on schedule to start on Friday night in what could be a pivotal series against the Nationals. deGrom and Zack Wheeler will also toe the rubber for New York in the nation’s capital.