New York Mets ace Max Scherzer made his triumphant return to the mound on Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds, as he struck out a season-high 11 batters in a dominant outing. The Mets were certainly buzzing about Scherzer after the game.

But they were also raving about the Reds hurler on the other side, former top prospect Nick Lodolo. Mets star Francisco Lindor made a crazy Lodolo comparison to Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale, per C. Trent Rosecrans of the Athletic.

“I can see a little bit of his mechanics — not fully Chris Sale. But yeah, 40 or 50 percent Sale,” said Lindor, who struck out in both of his plate appearances against Lodolo. “Sale is 100 (mph) with a slider at 78 and across (his body) at your chest. This guy, I give him 40 or 50 percent of Chris Sale. There’s not too many Chris Sales, but this guy is going to be good. He’s definitely a good pitcher and he’s going to get better, for sure. He’s going to be good for the game.”

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Lindor didn't want to go as far to say that the Reds hurler was Sale, though he clearly sees a resemblance in the way Lodolo pitches. The Mets star, who has been teammates to aces like Scherzer and Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Guardians, faced Sale often while the southpaw was a member of the Chicago White Sox.

Lindor sees a bit of Sale in the Reds lefty's “mechanics”, saying he's “40 or 50 percent Sale.” To be 40 or 50 percent of a seven-time All-Star is pretty good, especially when you can go head-to-head with Scherzer, a future Hall of Famer, and come out smelling like roses like Lodolo, who fanned eight Mets, did.

Lindor said it best. The Reds budding ace is “going to be good for the game.”