Spring training games have already started, and we can finally say, officially, that baseball is back.
Thursday marked the first time fans have seen live baseball since Game 6 of the 2021 World Series, which should qualify as a win considering everything that happened in between.
Scherzer, 37, signed a three-year, $130 million contract with the Mets before the lockout, and he will join Jacob deGrom at the top of the rotation.
Despite his advanced age, Scherzer was brilliant in 2021 between the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In 179.1 innings, the power righty finished with an impressive 2.46 ERA.
He remains as dominant as ever, and the rest of the National League East will have a tough time facing him multiple times over the course of the season.
He is Ramping Up And Is Almost Ready To Go
Scherzer is already throwing at max effort, as the Mets’ official Twitter account let us all know.
“Things that we will never get tired of seeing,” they tweeted, followed by a 13-second clip of Scherzer’s delivery at the Mets’ training camp in Port St. Lucie.
Things that we will never get tired of seeing: pic.twitter.com/RLnAkCKzVi
— New York Mets (@Mets) March 17, 2022
Scherzer is already on his way to throw about 90-100 pitches in the Mets’ first series of the regular season.
This week, he threw four innings, so picturing him on the mound for five or six frames when the season starts is feasible.
During those four innings, he looked good, other than allowing a couple of home runs to Dominic Smith.
He has plenty of time to shake off the rust and pitch at a high level in 2022.
The Mets will need him at his best.