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Max Schaezer strikes 11 in a big comeback from the injured list, but the Mets lose to the Reds

CINCINNATI – Max Schaezer’s first pitch from Reds leadoff hitter Jonathan India was a 94 mph fast ball that fell for strike. Catcher James McCann immediately threw the ball back to Shazer, who was acting faster than his usual pace. Back at work, Scherzer offered another fastball, and then another. An audible “Dammit” escaped from Scherzer when he missed his spot and delivered a ball.

No matter what Shazer’s personal assessment of that opening batting, the batsman never actually got a chance. He got India out on five pitches and the first innings ended a moment later. Thus continued Shazer’s return from the injured list, characterized by dominance and order, with a certain rhythm that only the three-time Cy Young Award winner could possess.

Scherzer struck 11 and 79 pitches in six shutout innings in the Mets’ 1-0 loss to the Reds on Tuesday night at Great American Ballpark. He conceded neither a run nor a walk in his fastest outing since late April, and allowed only two hits, when he bowled seven scoreless innings and scored 10 runs in St. His season ERA is 2.26.

“I didn’t have a problem tonight,” Scherzer said. “I felt good, felt strong. I didn’t have anything tight… as I progressed, deeper in and away from this injury, which would allow me to be even more aggressive with the fastball.” And will be able to take more steps on that.”

Sign the Mets up for a performance like this every fifth day. Scherzer said, physically, he thinks he can take the mounds again in five days and the Mets will listen to him. That should prepare them for the series finale against the Marlins on Sunday at Citi Field or the opening of the series against the Braves on Monday in Atlanta.

Seven weeks into Scherzer’s odyssey from his longest career stint on the injured list to a slant stretch, a dog bite on his pitching arm, two rehab starts, a steak and lobster dinner plus headphones with the Mets’ minor leaguers Shown for, and delay of rain.

The one thing that was missing on Tuesday was the victory. The Mets hitters went 0-for-8 with the runners in the scoring position and left nine men on base. The Reds made it run against Seth Lugo in the ninth. Scherzer went home without a decision after the ninth start of the season.

Buck Showalter said, “I was more impressed by his command than anything.” “You had a rain delay. You played some long innings. No runs scored except a loss, there were a lot of good things from Max’s point of view. It has come a long way for him and everyone who has worked with him.” It’s done. Hope it goes well for the rest of the season.”

Mother Nature delayed Scherzer’s final dominance by 53 minutes. Although rain clouds never passed over Great American Ballpark in that precautionary delay, Scherzer’s walk was apparently not affected at all by the late start. The veteran fired fastballs and sliders in the first innings that ended after only nine pitches. Like his catcher James McCann said: “It seems he never missed a beat.”

The only thing that held Scherzer back on Tuesday was the extent of his innings. The Mets did not want to overtake Scherzer by six innings in his first start in seven weeks, doing whatever was in his power to avoid a setback. Scherzer, of course, wants nothing more than to stay healthy enough to help bring the championship back to Queens for the first time in 36 years. The ace said he understood the decision to pull him out after six innings, and hoped to bowl 90-95 his next time.

“One thing that impresses me about Max is how well he knows himself, how well he knows his body,” said McCann, who was criticized by Scherzer for calling it a good sport. was given credit. “Similar to Jake, they adjust very quickly. That’s what makes them so good. It’s not taking them one innings, two innings. Those adjustments are making pitch to pitch, batsman to batsman. That’s what makes them the hall of the future.” of famer makes.”

Unlike Jacob deGrom, who often said that he was nervous during his “first” walk on the mound, whether it was in spring training or returning from an injury, Scherzer stopped feeling any nerves a while ago. Gave. While DeGrom and Scherzer are often mentioned together, as both are two of the best pitchers in baseball, Scherzer’s long list of achievements, including a 2019 championship ring, have placed them in a class of their own.

“Try starting Game 7 of the World Series,” Scherzer said of his steely feelings as he climbed the hill.

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