Last night, the New York Mets were dealt a major blow when their ace Max Scherzer was forced to exit from his start against the St. Louis Cardinals.
With two on and two out in the top of the sixth, Scherzer threw an 0-1 slider to Albert Pujols and immediately motioned towards the dugout, calling out the medical team of the Mets and saying that he couldn’t go any further.
The Mets still won by a final of 11-4, but Scherzer was unable to continue after feeling discomfort in his left side.
Mets insider Deesha Thosar tweeted what Scherzer had to say about essentially pulling himself out of the ballgame.
Scherzer: “I’ve never had a left side injury before. So when I felt it, I just knew there’s no way I can throw another pitch, so just get out of there.”
Scherzer said he doesn’t believe it’s a major strain, or that he “ripped it.” zhe first felt left side pain during the sixth.
— Deesha (@DeeshaThosar) May 19, 2022
This is a huge blow for the Mets, who are already without Jacob deGrom.
But when Scherzer says he can’t continue, you know something is wrong.
Scherzer is not the kind of guy who will give in easily, even when experiencing pain.
He’s one of the fiercest competitors in all of baseball and pitches with a bulldog mentality.
So when he motions towards the dugout and says he’s done, that means he’s done and that there’s trouble for the Mets.
After the game, Scherzer said he didn’t believe it was a severe strain.
However, the Cardinals themselves experienced an issue such as this last season with Jack Flaherty, so it’s very likely that Scherzer is going to miss some time.
How much time is not yet known, but Scherzer knows himself best and when he says he can’t pitch, he means it.
The Mets are now likely going to be without both Scherzer and deGrom.
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