PHILADELPHIA – Max Scherzer’s unbeaten streak is broken.
In six innings in the Mets’ 3-2 loss to the Phillies in Game 1 of the doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, Scherzer conceded three runs on 10 hits, scoring seven runs. The right-hander took his first loss since May 30, 2021, breaking his streak of 24 consecutive unbeaten starts.
But, ask three-time Cy Young winner and future Hall of Famer, and he’ll tell you he doesn’t care about the end of his personal accolade, especially because it means he contributed to his team’s defeat. The victorious Scherzer saw the Mets lose on their opening day for the first time since joining his new outfit on Sunday.
Shazer’s uniform went up in the wind on a particularly cold day in Philly. The wind was blowing from right field as the Mets position players zig-zagged through the dirt and grass to catch the pop-fly, trying ostensibly. Despite the fast conditions, Scherzer rolled up his sleeves after the fourth inning, perhaps looking to make better fortunes in his poor 101-pitch outing.
Sunday was only the third time in the past five seasons that Scherzer had allowed a double-digit hit. He dropped nine or more hits just once last year, debuting as a Dodger on September 29 against the Padres. With the exception of Bryce Harper’s home run in the first inning, Scherzer’s remaining hits against the Phillies on Sunday were all singles. Of his 10 hits allowed, five of them were hits with an exhaust velocity of 77 mph or less.
Due to incessant rain on Friday and Saturday, the Mets ace was pitching seven days after his most recent start – also against the Phillies at Citi Field last Sunday.
Starling Marte, holding a pink bat in honor of Mother’s Day that will be auctioned to benefit several organizations geared toward the fight against breast cancer, helped keep the Mets on board in the sixth inning of Game 1. He had a double to left field in it. The frame was his fifth consecutive hit, which returned on Thursday. Marte has certainly been a productive base runner for the Mets, but he’s still itching to warm to the plate. The outfielder entered the day batting .262 with .692 OPS.
Phillies right-hander Kyle Gibson kept the Mets in control through most of six innings, making two runs on six hits on 72 pitches in Game 1. Closer Corey Nebel, whom the Mets scored three off four hits during Thursday night’s thrilling ninth-innings return, was able to retire from the team on Sunday and close the door to the Amazons.