Lots of players started to stretch, run, throw, or hit, depending on the specific case, around early-to-mid February, or the normal date for a regular spring training.
Scherzer was clearly one of those who were thinking ahead and staying ready in case the season started on time.
According to SNY, Scherzer is already stretched out to four innings, which is what he threw today.
“Max Scherzer felt good while throwing four innings during today’s sim game at a quiet Clover Park, but now he wants the real thing,” SNY tweeted, with a hilarious picture attached.
That picture had one of Scherzer’s quotes on Wednesday.
“Now I want fans, I want people telling me I suck. Can’t wait,” the 37-year-old right-hander stated.
— SNY Mets (@SNY_Mets) March 16, 2022
Scherzer Is A Competitive Beast
Scherzer is known around the league for his competitiveness and inner fire.
He usually talks to himself during at-bats, saying motivational things.
It’s evident that he finds motivation in people telling him he is not good at his job.
It’s part of the game, and it’s more common than you think: each pitcher has his strategy, and also his quirks.
It’s likely that, once the season starts, Scherzer is ready to throw six innings, or close to 100 pitches.
He is already very deep into his throwing program.
He will have to deal with pressure from a hungry fan base that hasn’t won a World Series title since 1986.
Big things are expected from Scherzer in 2022.