Max Scherzer (39) of the New York Mets became a winning pitcher in 34 days and showed off his strength.
Scherzer started 안전놀이터 the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, USA on the 15th (Korean time) and recorded a victory with 2 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts and 1 run in 5 innings.
Scherzer, who signed a three-year, $130 million (approximately 172.5 billion won) contract with the Mets last season, is struggling somewhat this season with 3 wins, 2 losses, and an ERA of 4.88 in 6 games (27⅔ innings). In the match against the Dodgers on the 19th of last month, he was ejected for failing to pass a foreign substance test, was suspended for 10 games, and missed one appearance due to an injury.
For this reason, Scherzer, who had growing doubts about whether he would be able to show a good figure this season, prepared an opportunity for a rebound by fighting hard for the first time in a long time. It was the first victory in 34 days since the match against San Diego on the 11th of last month. His four-seam best speed was 96.0 miles (154.5 km), showing some signs of recovery.
American media SNY welcomed Scherzer’s good pitch, saying, “The Mets scored 8 runs in one inning, but the headline is that Scherzer showed a healthy and good performance.”
Manager Buck Showalter said, “Max will be the highlight. Max feels good physically. He wasn’t in perfect shape and looked a little tough at the end, but he got through it well. Max said he played well and from the look on his face you can tell he played well.”
Scherzer said, “I am in good enough shape. Thanks to that, I was able to avoid going on the injured list. Now you can go back to your routine and continue. That’s the most important point. He doesn’t go on the injured list, he has to play, he’s healthy, he has to throw the ball well,” he said, confident of his performance for the rest of the season.
The Mets, which did not spare much investment this winter, are not performing as expected with 20 wins and 21 losses. They are in 4th place in the National League East Division. In order for the Mets to leap to the top, it is important for Scherzer to fulfill his role as a special ace that he has shown in the past. SNY emphasized the importance of Scherzer, saying, “If Scherzer pitches healthily, it will be of great help to the Mets.”