If you are a New York Mets fan, or if you just love top-tier pitching, you likely won’t want to miss Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer will BOTH be pitching on Sunday vs. the Cardinals. 👀 pic.twitter.com/7z0ThVJkF2
— MLB (@MLB) March 24, 2022
Yes: two of the top five pitchers in baseball are members of the Mets’ roster, and both will pitch over the weekend as they get ready for the regular season.
Scherzer is coming off a great season between the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021, in which he pitched 179.1 quality innings with a 2.46 ERA.
He may be 37 years old, but he remains one of the very best starters in baseball.
The Mets Hope deGrom Can Complete The Season In One Piece
On the other hand, deGrom was well on his way to a historic season before getting hurt.
He had a 1.08 ERA in 92 innings, striking out 45.1 percent of the hitters he faced.
That’s the strikeout percentage of an elite reliever who doesn’t have to face a lineup three or four times, but deGrom is used to making the impossible look plausible.
However, he suffered shoulder, oblique, and elbow issues in 2021 that prematurely ended his season in July.
Once he went down, the Mets’ playoff chances virtually went out the window, and they got worse when shortstop Francisco Lindor got injured, too.
The Mets said deGrom had a partially torn UCL in his right elbow that “resolved itself”.
He is at risk of re-injuring it at any point in 2022, but it’s a risk the Mets will take as they hope the two aces can lead them deep into the postseason.