And then there were five.
Among the storylines that had developed before the COVID-19 outbreak suspended spring training was the Mets’ six starters for five rotation spots. Noah Syndergaard’s torn ulnar collateral ligament, which will keep him sidelined into 2021, has ended that rotation battle.
Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha are the Mets’ five starters for now.
With the season on hold indefinitely, team officials have more significant issues with which to grapple than where they might find rotation depth, but the early indication is they won’t put too much consideration into a largely barren free-agent market.
Among the in-house possibilities are David Peterson, Walker Lockett and Corey Oswalt should the Mets need another rotation arm.
The lefty Peterson was the organization’s top draft pick in 2017, but hasn’t pitched above the Double-A level. Last year he went 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 24 starts for Binghamton. In camp this spring he had impressed team officials, but was slated to begin the season at Triple-A Syracuse.
Lockett is out of options and could be claimed off waivers if he doesn’t begin the season on…