Howie Rose knows the New York Mets, but he also has a good understanding of other things. When it comes to Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, it’s hard to find a better duo on the baseball field. And in the world of music?
Rose isn’t sure which is which, however, he’s certain the Grom-Scherzer combination is the baseball version of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
deGrom would likely be more of a Lennon figure here while Scherzer’s time with the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals can be thought of as McCartney’s time with the Wings — it’s just reversed.
This raises a few other questions. Who is the George Harrison? There must also be a Ringo Starr. Let’s not forget a Pete Best.
Chris Bassitt, Taijuan Walker and Carlos Carrasco can battle it out to see who becomes which of the other Beatles members. Meanwhile, the rest of us can worry about who the Yoko Ono will be.
A first guess: it will be deGrom’s agent. Even though the Mets front office is tasked with making sure the duo stays intact for next season, much of the responsibility falls on the player’s agent.
The Beatles were active for a long decade in the 1960s. There’s no way this pair of Mets aces would be together for nearly that long. We’re just going to have to enjoy every consecutive day we get from them.
Whether it’s the front two Beatles or another iconic duo they compare best to, the Mets have never been closer to having two pitchers of this magnitude on the same roster together while continuing to launch at such a high level. Tom Glavine and Pedro Martinez were well past their prime by the time each joined the Mets. Along with deGrom and Scherzer, they would both be there in Cy Young’s conversation if it weren’t for the missing time.
If the Beatles aren’t your thing, pick another iconic duo to compare deGrom and Scherzer to. Maybe you’re more of a Mick Jagger and Keith Richards person or burgers and fries are more appropriate for what you love most.
Either way, there’s no doubt the Mets feel different with these two at the top of the rotation.