NY Mets starting rotation: What it looks like with Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom

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You can call it a 1-2 punch for the New York Mets, but this feels more like a 1 and 1A.

With three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer joining the Mets on a reported three-year $130 million deal, the front-end of the starting rotation in Queens might be the most dominant in baseball.

Pairing Scherzer with two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom atop the rotation is certainly a game-changing move in the National League.

So how good can the Mets’ starting rotation be in 2022? Here’s how it looks right now:

Jacob deGrom

DeGrom had been viewed as baseball's top pitcher, but will the lingering injuries change him? He saw his 2021 season derailed by health issues, and didn't pitch after early July. If deGrom can stay healthy for an entire 2022 season — and that’s a big “if” — he and Scherzer can take this team very far.

Max Scherzer

The team that lands free agent Max Scherzer will surely be going for it in 2022.
The team that lands free agent Max Scherzer will surely be going for it in 2022.

One of this generation’s most dominant starting pitchers, Scherzer owns three Cy Young awards and one World Series title, in 2019 with the Nationals. He is 37 years old, but went 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA for the Nationals and Dodgers in 2021. His career record is 190-97 with a 3.16 ERA.

Carlos Carrasco

New York Mets starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot Park.
New York Mets starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot Park.

Carrasco had a setback, didn't return until July 30, and took some time to find his footing. Then he underwent surgery last month to remove a bone fragment from his right elbow. The Mets say Carrasco will "resume baseball activities later this winter" after this procedure.

Taijuan Walker

New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) walks off the field after the top of the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.
New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) walks off the field after the top of the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

Walker, an All-Star for a tremendous first-half performance in 2021, struggled in the second half. The home runs and earned runs piled up and, though he searched for answers, he continued to struggle. Can Walker put it together over a full season?

David Peterson

New York Mets starting pitcher David Peterson (23) throws in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
New York Mets starting pitcher David Peterson (23) throws in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

According to someone with knowledge of the situation, Peterson — who hurt his oblique before suffering a foot fracture that ended his season in June — will be ready for spring training. As of a couple weeks ago, he was working out like normal. No concerns there.

Notes: Marcus Stroman is a free agent and will receive a good payday from somebody. ... The Mets lost Noah Syndergaard this offseason, who went to the Los Angeles Angels for more money than the Mets offered.

This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: NY Mets starting rotation: Max Scherzer joins Jacob deGrom

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