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Matt Harvey In Opening Rotation After All

Only two weeks ago, Mets GM Sandy Alderson publicly announced that Matt Harvey might not make his 2015 debut until the Mets’ home opener on April 13 — a full week after Opening Day.

Yet today, when the question was asked of Mets manager Terry Collins, Collins made abundantly clear that Harvey would be pitching before then.

Per Adam Rubin of ESPN:

“He’s going to be in those first five guys, I’ll tell you that,” Collins said Saturday.

Asked if that meant Harvey would pitch one of the first five games of the season, Collins replied: “Yes.”

Hmm … so, who’s in charge? Alderson or Collins? Or Harvey?


Lunch with Doc This Saturday – Buy Tickets Now

dwight-goodenAs of this writing, there are about a dozen seats left for this Saturday’s lunch with Dwight Gooden. So, get yourself over to NOW and buy your tickets. As a MetsToday insider, you get $25 off the price of your ticket by entering the promo code “METSTODAY” at checkout.

Why are you still here? Get over to and buy your tickets!

In case you didn’t already read … Dr. K will be the main attraction at a fundraising luncheon, hosted by the Baseball United Foundation, to benefit programs to grow youth baseball programs in regions of the world where baseball is not traditionally played.

The event — titled “Lunch with Doc” — will be held on February 21, 2015 at Graziella’s Italian Bistro in White Plains, NY. It will feature a talk and Q&A session with former Mets and Yankees star Dwight “Doc” Gooden.

If you want to help spread the word of baseball, buy tickets to the luncheon. If you want to meet Dwight Gooden, buy tickets to the luncheon. If you like a good plate of Italian food, buy tickets to the luncheon. If you want to tell me to my face what a jerk I am for constantly criticizing the Mets, buy tickets to the luncheon. If you have none of these desires, then you can spend Saturday working on your “honey-do” list. Have fun with that.