Mets RHPs Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom are the best 1-2 rotation combination in baseball, writes Manny Randhawa for MLB.com.
The Nationals' 1-2 of Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg is ranked 2nd.
The formula used by Randhawa took into account projected WAR for the upcoming season for the expected top two pitching performers on each team.
Syndergaard, 25, was as dominant as any pitcher in baseball last season before a lat injury cost him roughly four months. Overall in 2017, he had a 2.97 ERA (1.31 FIP) and 1.05 WHIP with 34 stirkeouts and three walks in 30.1 innings. In 2016, which was his first full season, Syndergaard had a 2.60 ERA (2.29 FIP) and 1.15 WHIP with 218 strikeouts in 183.2 innings.
DeGrom, 29, struck out a career-high 239 batters while tossing a career-high 201.1 innings last season, while posting a 3.53 ERA (3.50 FIP) and 1.19 WHIP. During his four-year career, he has posted a 2.98 ERA and 1.12 WHIP while striking out 9.67 batters per nine.
Syndergaard is slated to start Opening Day for the Mets on March 29 at Citi Field against the Cardinals, with deGrom pitching the second game of the season -- on March 31.
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Scherzer has been arguably the best pitcher in baseball over the last two seasons, and one of the best over the last five. And Strasburg has been quite awesome since breaking in in 2010.
But with the stuff Syndergaard possesses -- and the way he was dominating prior to his lat injury last season -- it's fair to believe he has the most potential of any pitcher in the game. And when you pair that with deGrom, it's hard to not pick them as the best duo in the majors.
DeGrom's 3.53 ERA was a bit high last season, but was skewed by two uncharacteristically bad starts in late-May/early-June that ballooned his ERA from 3.23 to 4.75. Meanwhile, he eclipsed 200 innings and struck out the fifth-most batters in baseball.
As has been the case the last three seasons, the Mets will go as far as their pitching will take them. And a top two of Syndergaard and deGrom gives them a nice head start.