In what would be considered a classic pitching duel, both Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer duked it out on Opening Day for the 2019 season.

deGrom went 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, a walk and striking out 10. He worked out of a few jams, one of which an unusual double play started by Jeff McNeil and a heads up throw home byRobinson Cano allowed deGrom to escape unscathed in the 3rd inning after starting in a first and 3rd nobody out jam.

Max Scherzer was also dominant, going 7 2/3 striking out 12, walking 3 and allowing two hits. He let up a first inning homerun to Robinson Cano, and later Cano slapped a hit off lefty Matt Grace that allowed an inherited runner to score.

Seth Lugo relieved deGrom in the 7th, striking out the side in a dominant outing. Familia walked one but the Nationals made weak contact otherwise, and Edwin Diaz closed out the game rather easily with two flyouts and a walk.

Overall: Not much offense outside of Robinson Cano, and Jacob deGrom gets a win. deGrom also now owns the MLB record for most consecutive starts of 3 runs or fewer with 30 stemming from last season.