Mets' Opening Day Starter Officially Announced

The New York Mets' Opening Day starter has officially been announced.
The New York Mets' Opening Day starter has officially been announced. / AP Photos/Lynne Sladky

Opening Day of the 2023 MLB season is less than a week away and the league has officially revealed the pitching matchups for all 15 games. The list of starters includes rising stars and established pros, but the New York Mets are opting for a veteran to make his first Opening Day start with the squad.

New York Mets Opening Day Starter

Max Scherzer will start against the Miami Marlins when the Mets kick off their season at 4:10 p.m. ET on Thursday afternoon. Scherzer was New York's ace last season, finishing the year with an 11-5 record, a 2.29 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP across 23 starts (145 1/3 innings). He also logged 173 strikeouts.

Injuries held Scherzer back from playing the entire season as he dealt with oblique and side issues at times. He entered Spring Training fully healthy, though, and has looked great across three outings. The 38-year-old has tallied 14 strikeouts and allowed 1 earned run in 11 2/3 innings of work on the mound.

This will be Scherzer's seventh Opening Day start in his storied career. The plan is for Mets co-ace Justin Verlander to start the team's home opener on April 6 against the Marlins. New York has been adamant that it will take a careful approach early on in the season by employing a six-man rotation.

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