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Mets to start Matt Harvey in Game 1 of NLCS vs. Cubs

Matt Harvey

New York Mets Game 3 starting pitcher Matt Harvey listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference, part of a National League Division Series baseball workout day Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in preparation for Monday’s Game 3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers at CitiField in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


After the Mets finished off the Dodgers on Thursday night, manager Terry Collins announced that Matt Harvey will start in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cubs at Citi Field. Jon Lester will get the ball for Chicago.

Harvey wasn’t at his best in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday, allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings. However, it was good enough for the victory as the Mets scored 13 runs against Brett Anderson and the Dodgers’ bullpen. He’ll be going on regular rest Saturday vs. the Cubs. Much has been made over Harvey’s innings situation, but the Mets are hoping he’ll be able to make two starts during the NLCS if necessary.

Noah Syndergaard likely would have pitched Game 1 if he wasn’t used in relief in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Thursday. He also warmed up extensively before coming into the game. Collins didn’t announce anything beyond Harvey, but Syndergaard is a possibility to start in Game 2 on Sunday.

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