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MLB.com ranks the Mets’ Jacob deGrom-led rotation as the best in the league

JUPITER, Fla. — The ranking was both meaningless and a reminder of how much meaning this season can have for the Mets.

On paper — or in 2022’s version on a website — the Mets may have the best rotation in baseball. In fact, they do, according to MLB.com, which found that a group led by Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer is better than the Brewers’ loaded and deep rotation (which was ranked second) and the Blue Jays’ collection of potential aces ( third party). ).

“I’m not new to this,” said catcher James McCann, who has caught and will catch perhaps the best rotation in baseball this season.

But McCann was thinking bigger than this season. How about the best rotation ever?

“They’re taking the front of our rotation – I’d probably put anyone on paper in the history of the game if you think about it,” said McCann, who might be right: The duo at the top is just the seventh pairing of multiples Cy Young Award winners sharing a team.

Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets warms up before the start of the Spring Training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park on March 27, 2022 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
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Behind the overwhelming and expensive ace and co-ace is Chris Bassitt — who may be the major’s all-time No. 3, fresh off a 27-start, 3.15 ERA season with Oakland — and likely a high-risk, high-reward injury at risk Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker.

Carrasco, who had elbow surgery, and Walker, who had offseason knee surgery and tussled in the second half of last season as his innings piled up, were aces earlier in their careers, McCann pointed out.

“The fact that you have such established starters from 1-5 is amazing,” said McCann, who was due to start Tuesday night against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium for the first time in a week after recovering from back stiffness. “It’s exciting. I went for it because the pieces that were there and the pieces that were going to be put in gave us the potential to win the World Series. That came with the pieces that they added just about Wear.”

Tylor Megill, David Peterson and Trevor Williams would likely be the first options if the Mets need depth, which they will.

Max Scherzer #21 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during the fourth inning of the Spring Training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park on March 27, 2022 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Max Scherzer
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The analytic projections also hold up the Mets. Fangraphs has projected her as the top rotation in baseball with an educated estimate of a cumulative 3.68 ERA.

That means little, especially with the risk of injury everywhere. DeGrom didn’t start after July 7th last season and Scherzer, as stunning as his resume is, is 37 years old. In what was reportedly his last major league start, he was scratched with a “overcooked” arm in Game 6 of the NLCS last year.

Still, the future looked pretty under the March, Florida sun with views of the ceiling rather than the floor.

“I hope so,” said manager Buck Showalter when briefed on MLB.com’s rankings. “We have the potential to be a good rotation – I won’t go into the numbers. The most important thing is health.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/29/mlb-com-ranks-mets-jacob-degrom-led-rotation-best-in-league/ MLB.com ranks the Mets’ Jacob deGrom-led rotation as the best in the league

JOE HERNANDEZ

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