The New York Mets will open their 2015 season on Monday afternoon in Washington D.C. against the Washington Nationals. Bartolo Colon the veteran starter will get it started against Max Scherzer. The Nationals are arguably the best team in baseball and have the majors best rotation. The Mets have their own very good rotation with a lot of youth and a lot of guys on their way up. They are hoping their hitting will add some help to a good rotation and that their bullpen has gotten better with some youth in it and some lefty relievers that were added late in spring training.
The Mets finalized their 25 man roster on Saturday. They demoted Eric Campbell and will carry just four bench players and eight relievers. Buddy Carlyle is on the team and Vic Black is going to the disabled list. Daniel Murphy will not go on the DL and Danny Muno and Matt Reynolds were both sent to AAA. The Mets rotation lost Zach Wheeler to Tommy John surgery but will get Matt Harvey their ace back. They will also have Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and Jacob deGrom. The lineup will have David Wright, Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson returning along with Daniel Murphy and Juan Lagares who they are hoping will continue to improve offensively. Michael Cuddyer is the big free agent addition to help the lineup.
The Nationals have an unbelievable rotation consisting of Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Scherzer, Doug Fister and Jordan Zimmerman. They have some pop in their lineup and their one weakness will be their bullpen. Ryan Zimmerman will move to first base, Denard Span, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth are their big players.
The Mets will be off on Tuesday and then continue their series Wednesday and Thursday nights. Here are the pitching matchups.
Monday-Scherzer vs. Colon
Wednesday-Zimmerman vs. deGrom
Thursday-Strasburg vs. Harvey