Lots of MLB pitchers are having issues with the newly-implemented pitch clock.
Upon making a pitch, they have to start the delivery of the next one within 15 seconds if the bases are empty, and 20 seconds with men on base.
It sounds like a reasonable amount of time, but since they are used to taking all the time they want or need, it has been an adjustment period to say the least.
The penalty for taking more than the allotted time, for pitchers, is having a ball added to the count.
If the hitter isn’t ready by the eight-second mark, he will receive a strike.
New York Mets starter Max Scherzer is watching everyone struggle with the new rules, but he is used to working quickly and has had no issues so far.
In fact, during his recent spring training appearance, he struck out Washington Nationals slugger Joey Meneses…in 27 seconds!
Max Scherzer is an absolute psychopath and used the pitch clock to his advantage, striking out Joey Meneses in 27 SECONDS 💀 pic.twitter.com/QHvqk0WYFT
— The Game Day MLB (@TheGameDayMLB) February 27, 2023
Honestly, it was hard to watch for Nats fans.
Meneses didn’t even stand a chance at any time.
Few pitchers have the ability to fill the zone with strikes as quickly as Scherzer.
They are also quality strikes: no meatballs in the middle of the zone or anything like that.
It seems like the pitch clock is going to suit him just fine.
We can expect similar performances from him to what he did in 2022: a 2.29 ERA and more than a strikeout per inning.
That will not change just because he has a little less time to start his delivery.NEXT: Mets Fans Are Already Noticing A Major MLB Change