The New York Mets found a way to keep Noah Syndergaard in the rotation. They expanded it.
With the Mets planning to go with a six-man rotation upon Dillon Gee's return, Syndergaard will try help them to their longest home winning streak over the Philadelphia Phillies in 30 years Wednesday.
The 22-year-old Syndergaard (1-2, 3.63 ERA) has been impressive enough through three starts that New York wants him to remain a starter, despite Gee slated to come off the disabled list following Wednesday's rehab start for Double-A Binghamton.
The right-hander was initially called up to fill in for Gee earlier this month.
"Right now, he's not going anywhere," manager Terry Collins told MLB's official website. "There are some things he's got to work on. Nobody's perfect in the game. But I like him a lot."
Collins will accommodate Syndergaard by going with six starters, a plan that's also designed to ease the load on fellow youngsters Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom. Harvey missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, while deGrom only pitched 140 1-3 innings.
"I'm trying to not have any more Tommy Johns. I'm trying to not have any more sore shoulders," said Collins, who lost Zack Wheeler to Tommy John surgery during spring training and closer Bobby Parnell last year.
Syndergaard struck out the first four batters he faced Friday, but he gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings of a 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh. That came five days after he allowed one run and three hits in six innings of a 5-1 win over Milwaukee in his Citi Field debut.
"I feel like I've had some pretty good success here," Syndergaard said. "... It's all about having a short memory."
The Mets (26-21) surely don't have that against the Phillies (19-29), winning 19 of the past 24 meetings, including 10 of 12 in Queens. Completing a sweep of this three-game set would give New York a seven-game home winning streak over its NL East rival for the first time since taking 10 straight from 1984-85.
The Mets are off to the best home start in club history at 19-6.
Wilmer Flores delivered a walkoff single in Tuesday's 5-4 win after his three-run shot in the sixth provided the difference in a 6-3 victory a day earlier. The shortstop has four hits and six RBIs over the past three games after being the subject of scrutiny with a .252 season average and a team-high nine errors.
"You're starting to see a guy who is going to start swinging the bat like we know he can, and he's going to put up some offensive numbers that people are going to be pretty impressed by," Collins said.
Michael Cuddyer is batting .419 during a 17-game hitting streak against the Phillies, collecting three hits with one homer and three RBIs in the last two contests.
Philadelphia has lost five of six and will be turning to Sean O'Sullivan (1-3, 3.54), who has allowed two runs in 12 innings while splitting his last two starts. The journeyman right-hander was 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA through his first three starts after opening the season on the disabled list with knee tendinitis.
O'Sullivan was the hard-luck loser opposite Max Scherzer on Friday, yielding two runs in six innings of a 2-1 defeat at Washington.
"It's definitely a confidence builder and something to build on," O'Sullivan told MLB's official website. "It feels good to take the mound and have my team feel like we've got a chance to win that day."
He threw two scoreless innings of relief for San Diego in his only career meeting with New York on Aug. 16, 2013.