Mets get huge Max Scherzer boost ahead of series vs. Reds
He’s a Rumble Pony no more. New York Mets ace right-hander Max Scherzer, who has been on the injured list with an oblique ailment, is poised to return to the club. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Scherzer will come off the injured list on Tuesday and start against the Cincinnati Reds.
More Mets news: Max Scherzer says he will come off the IL to start Tuesday in Cincinnati.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 1, 2022
Scherzer is back. The Mets ace landed on the injured list after pulling himself from a May 18 start against the St. Louis Cardinals.
In typical Mets fashion, Scherzer was then bitten by his dog on his throwing hand during the rehab process, though it was only a minor delay. The future Hall of Famer gradually built himself back up during a rehab stint with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. He threw 80 pitches in his final start against the Hartford Yard Goats Wednesday.
On the season, Scherzer has pitched to a 5-1 record with a 2.54 ERA, and 59 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings. The Mets have managed to remain in first place in the National League East, though they have seen their division lead fall to just 3.5 games over the Atlanta Braves.
However, Mets starters have held up just fine in Scherzer’s absence, having pitched to a 4.32 ERA in June. They’ve had the likes of Tajiuan Walker, David Peterson and Trevor Williams step up.
However, there’s no doubting that the Mets will benefit from both Scherzer’s elite pitching- and his intensity on and off the mound.
Now New York fans can turn their attention to fellow ace Jacob deGrom, who is working his way back from his own injury.