Max Scherzer’s recent routine includes watching certain superheroes on screen with his young daughters.
“We love ‘Batman’ right now,” Scherzer said before the Mets’ training at Citi Field on Thursday.
Gotham City’s fate is tantalizing, but the Mets have forced 38-year-old Scherzer to sideline Batman overnight and sign a three-year contract worth $130 million thanks to his postseason pedigree.・I will ask you to be a Masser.
The Mets will send Scherzer to the mound on Friday. The franchise’s first playoff game since 2016This best-of-three wildcard format offers more room for error than its predecessor, one-and-done, but it’s still not enough to make losing easy.
Yu Darvish, who recorded an ERA of 0.64 in two games against the Mets this season, become a mound opponentDarvish has a 2.56 ERA in eight games against the Mets.
Manager Buck Showalter confirmed that they plan to adjust the rotation based on Game 1 results. If the Mets win, it likely means they’ll try to sweep the series with Chris Basitt on Saturday and without Jacob deGrom, but the Mets won in Game 1 or 2 of this wild card round. If lost, deGrom can pitch his game for elimination.
“Tiebreaks are always the best for these three games,” Showalter said.
He added: “One of the reasons we’ve been able to put together a pretty good year is that we have some depth in our rotation. It’s like our club’s strength to be able to do what’s best for the team.”
Scherzer has a 7-6 record with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.104 WHIP in 26 postseason games for the Tigers, Nationals and Dodgers. Most notably, he won his 3rd in the 2019 postseason and Washington won his series title at the Worlds.
The Mets will almost certainly need a better version of Scherzer than the one they received in Atlanta last Saturday. I looked.
“Where we wanted to run the pitch, we had to clean up the little things in the delivery to be consistent,” Scherzer said. “I have had this fix many times before.
“When you win a ball game, you don’t judge yourself harshly. But when you lose a baseball game, you see everything. That’s how you lose in this league. You have to be able to accept the loss so you can fix what needs to be done.”
Scherzer said the sore slant that caused him to miss two starts late in the season wasn’t a factor. Overall, he went 11–5 with a 2.29 ERA and 173 strikeouts in 145¹/3 innings during the regular season.
In his only appearance against the Padres of the season, he pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs on July 22 at Citi Field. Since then, the Padres have added Scherzer’s former Nationals teammate Juan Soto to a lineup that also includes MVP candidate Manny Machado.
“There were moments when we won together,” Scherzer said, referring to Soto. “But baseball does the craziest thing, and it’s face each other. You have to go out face your friends and beat them.”
“Everything is on the line. Win or go home. It’s a day, and it feels like a match that must be won.