Thursday March 17th, 2016

The New York Mets have named Matt Harvey the starting pitcher for Opening Day against the Kansas City Royals, manager Terry Collins announced Thursday.

Both Harvey and Jacob deGrom were contestants to start on Opening Day, though deGrom’s availability for the season-opening series is in question because his wife is expecting a baby. Because of deGrom’s uncertain status, Collins has not set the order for the rest of the pitching rotation, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

Last season, his first since undergoing Tommy John surgery, Harvey pitched for a 2.71 ERA with 188 strikeouts over 189.1 innings.

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The April 3 game will be the first meeting between the Mets and the Royals since New York fell to Kansas City in the World Series.

- Erin Flynn

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