Pinch yourselves, Mets fans – you’re not dreaming. But Max Scherzer is surely living one.
Scherzer and Jacob deGrom are now atop the Mets’ rotation, and the newest Met called it a “dream” to pitch with the longest-tenured one – who also happens to be a pretty good pitcher.
Two of the most dominant pitchers in baseball are now in the same rotation. ? pic.twitter.com/hkoQQoHtT5
— MLB (@MLB) December 1, 2021
“The dream of pitching with him, we can do great things together,” Scherzer told reporters in his introductory news conference on Wednesday afternoon.
Scherzer said he spoke with deGrom after meeting with owner Steve Cohen and GM Billy Eppler to chat about “everything.”
“I called Jake after our meeting just to get a sense of what New York was like and how he’s feeling, everything, get a state of where he’s at. Came away happy with it,” he said.
Scherzer and deGrom have a combined five Cy Young Awards to their names – four of them since 2016. Since the beginning of 2018, deGrom (1.94) and Scherzer (2.74) have the lowest ERAs in all of baseball among starting pitchers (min. 500 innings).
Outside of deGrom, starting pitching has not been a forte for the Mets, but Scherzer has always had prominent starting pitchers surrounding him, and he knows how important it is to have quality arms to give length every day.
He was a part of the 2014 Detroit Tigers’ rotation that has featured four other Cy Young Award winners (Robbie Ray, Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, David Price), and more recently, he shared a rotation with four-time winner Clayton Kershaw, 2020 winner Trevor Bauer, and, once again, Price, while Walker Buehler is always in the talks.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have great starting pitchers beside me, and I know how powerful that can be, when you have guys that feed off of and watch great pitchers,” Scherzer said. “From [my] time in DC, to the Dodgers, to now, this is a real exciting opportunity for myself to be a part of that. I know hat’s what can win, is starting pitching and pitching overall as well.”
The Mets have a legitimate coin flip as to who their Opening Day starter will be. Most of the time, that’s a bad thing.
This time, it’s far from that.