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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen claims the Mets have 'probably the deepest rotation in baseball'

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen claims the Mets have 'probably the deepest rotation in baseball'

By signing Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha this week, the Mets have built out quite the collection of starting pitchers. 

Porcello and Wacha will join Jacob de Grom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz in New York's starting rotation, a group general manager Brodie Van Wagenen thinks quite highly of. 

"There was a lot talked about our lack of starting pitching depth over the last couple of weeks," Van Wagenen said on SNYtv Thursday. "I think that story has changed, and I think that we're probably the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball."

Considering the Mets share a division with the Nationals, who still boast a starting rotation headlined by Max Scherzer, World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin, this is a pretty bold statement by Van Wagenen. 

Obviously he's the general manager and he has to say positive things about the club he's putting together. But to say those exact words on the heels of a rival winning a World Series because of their rotation? 

The Mets will host the Nationals in the first series of the season starting on March 26, so we may not have to wait long for these two rotations to face off. 

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Mark DeRosa thinks the Nationals could 'absolutely' make a run to the World Series

Mark DeRosa thinks the Nationals could 'absolutely' make a run to the World Series

Mark DeRosa, former utility infielder for the Nationals and MLB Network analyst and co-host of MLB Central, stated that the 2012 roster could have won the World Series. But could the 2019 team accomplish this feat?

DeRosa joined Tim Shovers and Chase Hughes on the latest edition of the Nationals Talk podcast, where he analyzed the 2019 incarnation of the team and how they've handled the season.

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To start, DeRosa explained that having guys like Gerardo Parra, now known for his Baby Shark antics, is key to keeping a locker room loose during a grinding year.

"That stuff matters," DeRosa clarified. "Anyone that tells you it doesn't is lying."

It matters more when the team is gunning for a playoff spot, especially because DeRosa thinks the Nats "absolutely" could make a run at a World Series title.

DeRosa hedged his bets to start. "A betting man would tell you to take the Dodgers," DeRosa noted. "But, no one wants to see that pitching staff. They got a couple aircraft carriers in their lineup and it's gelling. The chemistry's right, Soto's a beast, Rendon's been, any other year he could be the National League MVP, so yeah, 100 percent, would not shock me."

When it comes to Anthony Rendon's impending free agency, DeRosa noted: "I would never say anything's an absolute must." But, unlike Bryce Harper, who has ups and downs, Rendon is more consistent, and the Nats need to keep that consistency in their lineup. 

"Anthony's got a rhythm about him. [He] never gets too high, never gets too low," DeRosa said. "He's gotta stay."

For the Wild Card game, should the Nats hold on, DeRosa is going all-in on one guy: "Max."

And if they win, DeRosa thinks the Nats rotation helps. "I like Stras (Stephen Strasburg) Game 1 against the Dodgers," DeRosa said.

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Professional baserunner Max Scherzer picks up second stolen base of season

Professional baserunner Max Scherzer picks up second stolen base of season

Max Scherzer may be signed for $210 million to take the mound every fifth day, but he takes his hitting duties seriously as a National League pitcher.

The Nats’ ace picked up an opposite-field single in the fifth off Braves reliever Chad Sobotka, and Freddie Freeman didn’t cover first base to prevent him from taking a big lead. Scherzer took full advantage, swiping second for the third stolen base of his career—and second of the season.

Scherzer is now 3-for-3 in his career, making him one of 94 players in MLB history who’s swiped at least three bags and never been thrown out. His first stolen base, which happened back in 2018, came off now-Nationals teammate Kurt Suzuki.

He also tossed 98 pitches in the contest, allowing one run on two hits and two walks with nine strikeouts across six innings of work. It’s the most pitches he’s thrown in a start since July 6.

Washington has been easing Scherzer back into his regular workload since activating him off the Injured List on Aug. 22. Between his strong performances both on the mound and the basepaths, Scherzer is showing all signs of rounding back into form.

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