On Tuesday, New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer made his long awaited return from the injured list. He looked as strong as ever, tossing six shutout innings. He managed to strike out 11 Cincinnati Reds batters in the six frames, and only allowed two hits. Unfortunately, the Mets offense failed to score a single run and ended up losing 1-0. But that didn't stop Scherzer from making some history.
Max Scherzer recorded his 28th career game with 10 strikeouts and 0 walks, passing Curt Schilling for 2nd-most in MLB history.
Only Randy Johnson (36) has more such games. pic.twitter.com/RY4b2PPHQd
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Tuesday marked the Mets star pitcher's 28th career game with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks. That passed Curt Schilling for the second most in the history of baseball. The only pitcher to ever do that more than Scherzer is Randy Johnson. “The Big Unit” as he was nicknamed, accomplished that feat 36 times.
Despite earning a no-decision, Scherzer lowered his ERA to 2.26. He's 5-1 in limited starts because of his oblique injury, with a 0.88 WHIP. Those are utterly dominant numbers from the Mets 37-year-old.
However, New York has watched their National League East lead dwindle all the way down to just 2.5 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves after Tuesday. The Mets offense has fallen flat as of late, but there is hope on the horizon.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom recently pitched his first rehab start since it was announced he was dealing with a right scapula injury. deGrom's has had numerous shoulder injuries the last couple of seasons. But when he is healthy, he is as good as any pitcher in baseball.
When the Mets get him back, they will have the best three-man rotation in the majors with deGrom, Scherzer and Zach Wheeler.