Fergie Jenkins Pulls Epic Twitter Troll Job Over Max Scherzer Departing from Perfect Game
After a two-week absence, Max Scherzer made his return to the New York Mets' lineup in dominant fashion on Monday. The veteran still had a perfect game intact when he exited after the sixth inning, leaving fans wondering if he could've accomplished the feat he had stayed.
Former NL Cy Young winner Fergie Jenkins is one person who wanted to see Scherzer stick around on the mound. The 79-year-old took to Twitter to troll the Mets hurler, saying that he "pitched all of 1976 with a broken hand and still won 17 games."
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Assuming he got his years wrong, Jenkins was likely talking about the 1975 MLB season that saw him win 17 games in 37 starts (as opposed to 12 in 1976). Nevertheless, winning 17 games while pitching to a 3.93 ERA with a broken hand is pretty impressive.
Having said that, we live in a different time where not a single MLB team would let a player pitch almost 40 games with a broken hand. The fact of the matter is that Scherzer was coming off an oblique injury and the last thing the Mets wanted was for him to get hurt with the playoffs around the corner.
Scherzer has come close to a perfect game multiple times in his career. His closest instance came in 2015 against the Pittsburgh Pirates when he gave up a walk with one out left in the ninth inning. He still managed to walk out with the no-hitter, which is something he's done one other time in his career.
It's good to see Scherzer back to his dominant self after being plagued by injuries throughout the season. Only time will tell if he can help the Mets make good on their +500 odds to win the 2022 World Series (T-No. 3) on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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