Jacob DeGrom and Max Scherzer formed a dangerous duo for the Mets

Brad Penner – USA TODAY Sports

When the New York Mets made one of the most aggressive moves of the offseason by pulling out all the stops to hand a three-year, $130 million contract to Max Scherzer, the excitement was palpable in Queens. Not just because one of the sport’s fiercest and most accomplished pitchers would pitch at Citi Field, but also because the Mets now had one of MLB’s most fearsome two-headed monsters to lead their rotation. .

Pair Scherzer with an elite ace Jacob of Grom gave the Mets a killer punch the rest of baseball could only dream of having, a blow that would scare even the busiest lineups in baseball. Having two of the best doing it at the top of the rotation also allowed the Mets to have a good level of depth and balance with the rest of their pitching team.

However, the Mets’ hopes of starting the season with deGrom on the mound followed by Scherzer the next day were quickly dashed when the former had to go on the board after suffering a shoulder stress reaction. With deGrom not pitching in a big league game until the sweltering summer days and with Max Scherzer also missing some time, Mets fans have been robbed of the chance to witness two of the greatest pitches ever. in the same rotation together.

Good things come to those who wait, however. That was the case in deGrom’s first month back in the majors, with the deadly duo performing exactly as advertised. The Mets imagined what deGrom and Scherzer might look like in the same rotation and the results that might yield, but the end product was much better. He offered a tantalizing glimpse of the destruction the pair could wreak on opposing formations in October.

Since returning to the mound, deGrom has been unstoppable and was quick to remind everyone in baseball why he is the best pitcher in the game right now. He mowed down lineup after lineup while producing stunning start after stunning start. Simply put, deGrom wasted no time getting back to the peak of his powers, and the results were jaw-dropping.

After his first month back, here’s where deGrom ranks among starters with at least 20 innings pitched:

  • Strikeouts – 1st (55)
  • MPM – 14th (1.98)
  • WHIP – 1st (0.55)
  • K% – 1st (43.0)
  • BB% – 3rd (2.3)
  • OBP vs – 1st (.156)
  • PI – 12th (36.1)

Those are pretty impressive stats to back up the equally impressive eye test, and the good news for the Mets is that deGrom should only improve and lock in the more innings he throws. So, in theory, by playoff time, deGrom will just be at his peak. And that’s bad news for the rest of baseball.

Now, in the same time frame, Scherzer has also traded. He led the Majors in innings pitched (40.2) with a 2.66 ERA. The three times Cy Young The award winner also ranked third in strikeouts with 44. That’s total dominance, and that’s what you get when you go out and sign a big-money future Hall of Famer in the offseason.

It’s also what you get when you have two of the best arms in the game in the same rotation. And, while the Mets had to wait longer than they wanted to see their two-headed monster installed atop the rotation together, it was worth it. The pair started three straight games in the first weeks of August, combining for just six earned runs on 25 hits and three walks in 37 1/3 innings with 50 strikeouts. It’s what you call pure dominance, and the two Mets aces played exactly as imagined when they were reunited in the winter.

And, if deGrom and Scherzer can continue to reach historic levels as co-aces and perhaps even improve, then the Mets could well enter October with perhaps the greatest weapon in all of baseball at their fingertips. disposal as they seek to win a first World Series since 1986.

Luz W. German