Gerrit Cole talks crosstown rival ace Jacob deGrom: 'He's about as good as it gets, isn't he?'

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Jacob deGrom/Gerrit Cole
Jacob deGrom/Gerrit Cole

With Jacob deGrom set to pitch on Thursday against the Braves in Atlanta and Gerrit Cole slated to pitch during the Subway Series between the Yankees and Mets this weekend, the two New York aces will just miss going at each other in a star-studded ace matchup in the Bronx.

Cole has struggled a bit as of late, but he's still one of the best pitchers in baseball and is currently the odds on favorite to with the AL Cy Young award.

DeGrom is a heavy favorite for the NL Cy Young and is also the current favorite to win NL MVP after a historic start to the 2021 season -- both on the mound and at the plate.

Cole praised the crosstown rival ace for what he's done this season and how he carries himself over there in Queens.

"He's about as good as it gets, isn't he?" Cole said as he chuckled and smiled. "He's fantastic with his velocity. His movement on his pitches, his location. ... The numbers back it up, and then to boot, he rakes, so I mean, he's been really fun to watch. He's been really good for the game."

Cole is 8-4 with a 2.66 ERA and 129 strikeouts this season, while deGrom, who's had some minor health issues this season, is 7-2 with a stunning 0.69 ERA and 122 strikeouts.

"I've brushed across him a few times over my career. Down to earth, humble guy, so as competitors when we play against teams or pitchers like that, we don't always root for them, but as professionals I think from the outside looking across town, it's been pretty special to watch. It's been hard to really kind of fathom, I guess, how good he's been to a certain extent."

We'll get another shot at potentially seeing these two stars go at it later this September, when the second Subway Series takes place in Queens at Citi Field.