Cy Young Award 3rd inning pitcher Max Scherzer (39, New York Mets) won in 34 days. It was a meaningful victory that restored both speed and rotation, and even calmed the suspicion of fraudulent pitching. 

Scherzer started the 2023 major league away game against the Washington Nationals held at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, USA on the 15th (hereinafter Korean time), and the Mets won 8-2 with a good pitching of 5 innings, 2 hits, 2 walks, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts and 1 run. led 

In the 2nd inning, CJ Abrams hit a 1 RBI double and gave up the first run, but blocked it until the 5th inning without any additional runs. With a total of 83 pitches, he used four-seam fastballs (43), changeups (13), curves (11), sliders (10), and cutters (6). 

The four-seam fastball velocity was restored to a maximum of 96 miles (154.5 km) and an average of 94 miles (151.3 km). It was faster than the season average of 93.1 miles (149.8 km). At 2455 revolutions per minute, it was measured 61 times faster than the season average. It was 148 times faster than the 2307 times against the Detroit Tigers on the 4th, the previous game. 

Scherzer was ejected from the Los Angeles Dodgers game on the 20th of last month for not passing a foreign substance test and was suspended for 10 games. When the referee took issue with the sticky substance, Scherzer explained that it was a mixture of rosin and sweat, but it was not accepted. 

Excessive use of rosin is also one of the violations. Scherzer, who gave up even appealing against the disciplinary action of the Major League Secretariat, suffered a loss against Detroit on the 4th, returning after 14 days, with 8 hits (2 homers), 1 walk, 3 strikeouts and 6 runs in 3⅓ innings. As the rotation rate of all types of pitches dropped noticeably, the suspicion of illegal pitching using foreign substances deepened. 

Afterwards, Scherzer, who skipped one pitch due to neck spasm and mild pain in his shoulder blade, announced his good health in his first comeback in 11 days on this day. It was all the more meaningful because it was a pitch that put an end to suspicions of fraudulent pitching while recovering both his velocity and rotation above the season average. Scherzer, who won 3 wins (2 losses) this season, also lowered his ERA from 5.56 to 4.88.

After the game, Scherzer said, “Both upper and lower bodies were technically moving properly and showed good restraint. Good news. Off-speed pitches were also well controlled when needed after the two strikes,” he said with satisfaction. Mets manager Buck Showalter welcomed him after the game, saying, “The most important thing is that Scherzer is overcoming his physical problems well.” 메이저사이트

The Mets, who supported Scherzer by scoring 8 points in the 5th inning, also approached the 50% win rate with 20 wins and 21 losses. Unlike the highest-paid team, it is struggling under 50%, but Scherzer said, “There are still a lot of seasons left, and we will have a great fight until the end. We are a good team, and right now we are building our footing. We can do better in the future,” he said, confident of the team’s rebound. /

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