Having a strong rotation is extremely important in todayâ€™s MLB, and both the New York Yankees and Mets know that. Most of their respective failures in recent seasons have been partially caused by a lack of depth or star power in the pitching corps.
The Mets have solved the star-power issue this offseason by pairing Jacob deGrom with fellow ace Max Scherzer, who put pen to paper on a three-year, $130 million contract. Now, they have to bring in at least a couple of extra hurlers for depth, as there is not much behind those two, David Peterson, Tylor Megill, Carlos Carrasco, and Taijuan Walker.
The Yankees, on the other hand, havenâ€™t done much this offseason. They lost Corey Kluber to the Tampa Bay Rays, yet they have failed to add anyone of note over the winter. Right now, Gerrit Cole leads the rotation, followed by Luis Severino, Jordan Montgomery, Jameson Taillon, Nestor Cortes Jr., and Domingo German.
When we talk about rotations around MLB, having a good 1-2 punch is definitely helpful, especially thinking about a hypothetical postseason run. CBS Sports made a ranking of the leagueâ€™s best pairs of aces.
Here is the top ten:
10) Marlins: Sandy Alcantara and Trevor Rogers
9) Padres: Joe Musgrove and Yu Darvish
8) Yankees: Gerrit Cole and Luis Severino
7) Phillies: Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola
6) Blue Jays: JosÃ© BerrÃos and Kevin Gausman
5) Red Sox: Nathan Eovaldi and Chris Sale
4) White Sox: Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito
3) Dodgers: Walker Buehler and Julio UrÃas
2) Brewers: Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes
1)Mets: Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer
What does CBS say about the Mets and Yankees?
Here is what they said about the Yankeesâ€™ duo: â€œBehind Gerrit Cole it might be Jordan Montgomery, but we’ll go with Luis Severino. Cole carries a ton of weight here on his own as an obvious top-three Cy Young contender. If Severino is finally healthy, he’s a decent bet to pitch like a frontline starter, as he did in 2017 and 2018. He’s still only 27.â€
And their writeup about the Mets: â€œThis actually isn’t a no-brainer. Jacob deGrom only managed 15 starts last year and Max Scherzer is 37. Of course, deGrom had a 1.08 ERA and 0.55(!) WHIP with 146 strikeouts against 11 walks in his 92 innings last year. Scherzer had a 1.98 ERA in his 11 starts with the Dodgers and led the majors, among qualifiers, with a 0.86 WHIP. Even better, both are the type of pitcher when taking the mound where everyone knows it’s a must-watch game. While it might not be a sure thing, the best bet as to the top rotation tandem in baseball next season is with the Mets, Scherzer and deGrom.â€
Do you agree with the rankings?