As of now the Mets rotation will be Jon Niese on Opening Day followed by Shaun Marcum and Matt Harvey for the first series of the year vs. the Padres. Dillon Gee would pitch the first game of the Mets second series of the year which will be vs. the Miami Marlins. Then Jeremy Hefner would be the 5th starter although the Mets could skip him and go Niese again because they have an off day on April 2nd. Any optimistic speculation that Johan Santana would be ready for Opening Day has quickly deteriorated. There is no timetable for Santana to pitch in a spring training game at this point. The Mets wouldn’t need a 5th starter until April 10th against the Phillies so perhaps Santana is ready at that point.