Tuesday, August 9, 2022

‘Good to go’ for Mets debut at Max Scherzer National Park

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — Max Schaezer declared himself “good to go” for his New York Mets debut in the second game of the season against the Washington Nationals, the club he helped win the 2019 World Series.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner developed a problem with his right hamstring late at spring training camp in Florida and there was some uncertainty about when he would be able to make his first appearance in the regular season.

Along with fellow Mets right-hander Jacob DeGrom, two-time Cy Young honoree himself, sidelined for at least a month or two due to a shoulder blade problem, New York’s Wanted rotation slowed under new manager Buck Showalter. Headed to the start.

But Scherzer said he had come through some fielding work at National Park before Thursday’s game on opening day.

“I knew it was a hiccup. I knew it wasn’t a major injury, like an injury. I’ve done it twice and I knew what it was,” Shazer told the visiting team’s clubhouse at the stadium. Speaking to reporters in front of a locker, he said he was home for 6 1/2 seasons until he was sent. Los Angeles Dodgers on trading deadline in late July.

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“I was able to tell Buck: ‘Hey, Buck, I’m good to go,'” he said.

Scherzer became a free agent during the season and signed a three-year, $130 million contract with the Mets, which was part of a sizable off-season for owner Steve Cohen.

During his time in Washington, after signing a seven-year, $210 million deal prior to the 2015 season, Scherzer won a pair of NL Cy Young Awards (his second came with Detroit in the AL in 2013), to two no-hitters. Tossed and had a 20-strikeout game, in addition to helping him win a championship two years ago.

Asked what he hopes his return to the mound in the nation’s capital will be like Friday, Scherzer said: “It’s just going to be a crazy, wild environment.”

“You get used to it – you get used to playing for the other team. You go out there and just compete and have fun. There are so many good memories here. There will always be good memories here,” Schaezer said. But nothing lasts forever. As my baseball journey progresses, I’m here in New York and excited about the future.

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Last season, he went 15-4 for the Nationals and Dodgers in 179 1/3 innings with a 2.46 ERA and 236 strikeouts.

“It’s going to be fun. He’s going to try to take me out. And I’ll try my best not to strike, because I know he wants that, really bad,” said the Washington right fielder said Juan Soto, 2021 NL MVP runner-up.

He called Scherzer a mentor. National pitcher Eric Fedde described the right in similar terms.

“Last year his departure was tough for me, especially. I wouldn’t have been in the big leagues without him by my side,” Fedde said. “So it would definitely be weird. It would be fun to know what kind of player and competitor he is. But it’s one of those things where you step on the field and he’s on the other side, so hopefully we beat him.”


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