Max Scherzer on pitching alongside Jacob deGrom: 'We can do some great things together'

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With Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, the Mets now have a Cy Young Award winner from the years 2016 through 2019.

That is just one of many ways to make the argument that New York now has the best 1-2 starting pitching punch in all of baseball, and Scherzer couldn’t help but laugh with giddiness about the thought of pitching with deGrom on consecutive days in 2022.

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“The dream of pitching with him, we can do some great things together,” Scherzer said at his Mets introductory press conference on Wednesday.

Scherzer and deGrom became divisional foes in 2015 when Scherzer signed with the Nationals, and both finished in the top 10 in the CY Young conversation. After years of battling each other within the NL East, Scherzer was excited to connect with his new teammate once he finalized his record-breaking three-year deal with the Mets.

“I called Jake after our meeting, just to get a sense of what New York was like, how he’s feeling, and just get a state of where he’s at,” Scherzer said. “I came away happy with it.”

Scherzer, even at 37, posted a 2.46 ERA across 179.1 innings in another All-Star campaign last season, while deGrom was flirting with Bob Gibson-like numbers before injuries sidelined him after the All-Star break. But the two represent arguably the strongest pitching duo in the league, as Scherzer again finds himself in a rotation alongside a fellow star.

When he was traded to the Dodgers prior to the trade deadline, Scherzer joined a rotation highlighted by Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. When he won a World Series with the Nationals, his efforts alongside Patrick Corbin and Stephen Strasburg were the key component in winning a title. In his tenure with the Tigers, Scherzer was part of stacked rotations that included Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello and David Price. Now, he finds himself in a rotation with the best of the best, which Scherzer believes is crucial to bringing a championship to New York.

“I’ve been very fortunate throughout my whole career to have great starting pitchers beside me,” Scherzer said. “I know how powerful that can be, when you have guys to feed off of and watch great pitchers. My time in DC to the Dodgers to now, this is a really exciting opportunity for me to be a part of that.”

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