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3 pitchers who can serve as upgrades to Noah Syndergaard

Oct 14, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31)
Oct 14, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) / Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 14, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) / Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Max Scherzer

I know this is unrealistic. Scherzer was very clear at the trade deadline that he only wanted to go out west. However, I don't think it's impossible that his mind can be changed. After all, money talks. And the Mets have lots of it.

Max Scherzer is the perfect fit for this Mets rotation. This season he re-established himself as one of the games best after a shaky 2020 campaign. He went 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts with the Nationals and Dodgers.

After being traded to Los Angeles, Scherzer went 7-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 11 starts. As the season went on, when the stakes were higher, Scherzer was at his best.

He's most definitely a top five pitcher in the game currently and would be the baseball's best number two starter.

For a rotation that suffered through a lot of injuries this past season, including to Jacob deGrom, getting an iron man like Scherzer would be massive. He's made 30+ starts every season since 2009 except the shortened 2020 season and in 2019.

Scherzer has extensive playoff experience as well. He won a World Series championship with the Nationals in 2019, starting in Game 7, gutting out five innings after being injured before that start.

Scherzer was the Dodgers choice to pitch in the Wild Card Game this season and allowed just one run in the victory. Having a guy with so much postseason experience would be huge for a team that lacks much of it.

Replacing Syndergaard with a pitcher who's durable and better sure seems like the perfect place to start.

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