Comparing the St. Louis Cardinals rotation to other NL playoff teams

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 03: Starter Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on September 3, 2022 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 03: Starter Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on September 3, 2022 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images) /
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New York Mets Jacob DeGrom and Max Scherzer
Jacob deGrom #48 (L) and Max Scherzer #21 of the New York Mets talk in the dugout. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

New York Mets

Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer*, Chris Bassitt, David Peterson

For most of 2022, the New York Mets have been a scary proposition come October. The thought of facing Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer in a 5 or 7 game series should strike fear in the hearts of any team. Scherzer’s recent injury puts this into question though.

At the moment, Scherzer’s injury is being deemed as “non-significant”, but the Mets co-ace has battled injuries already this year and his health must be monitored down the stretch.

deGrom and Scherzer are a historic duo when healthy. Since returning from the IL, deGrom has a 1.66 ERA in 7 starts with 63 SO in 43.1 innings. Scherzer has been right behind him, with a 2.26 ERA and 153 SO in 127.2 innings of work. The Cardinals real hope in any series against those two would be to grind out good at-bats, scrap a few runs, and get to their bullpen as quickly as possible. If deGrom or Scherzer are on though, there just isn’t much you can do.

Bassitt and Peterson are great back end of any playoff rotation, with 3.24 and 3.32 ERAs respectively. Bassitt was acquired from the Athletics this offseason and Peterson is coming into his own after showing a lot of promise in 2020.

While the St. Louis rotation has improved drastically, it just is not in the same class as the Mets if they are full healthy.

Advantage: Mets