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Max Scherzer Explains What Went Wrong in Disastrous Game 1 Start

Devon Platana
New York Mets SP Max Scherzer has explained what went wrong in his disastrous Game 1 start.
New York Mets SP Max Scherzer has explained what went wrong in his disastrous Game 1 start. / AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

The New York Mets counted on ace Max Scherzer to start the NL Wild Card Series off right on Friday. Instead, the three-time Cy Young winner was pelted by the San Diego Padres, surrendering seven runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings of work.

The Athletic's Andy McCullough reports that Scherzer didn't make any excuses for the loss. The veteran pitcher told reporters after the game that he "wasn’t able to command that fastball" as he normally does was a big factor behind his underwhelming start.

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Scherzer went on to add that whenever his fastball is flatter than usual, "that’s usually when I get hit a lot." While the final result wasn't what Mets fans were looking for, it's commendable to see the 38-year-old act like the professional that he is.

The Mets' relievers only gave up one hit without a run during the rest of the game following Scherzer's removal in the fifth inning. Hopefully, that's a sign of better things to come because one more loss means the start of New York's offseason, which would only be salt in the wound after the club's late-season collapse.

Buck Showalter will call upon Jacob deGrom as the hopeful postseason savior for Game 2. The two-time NL Cy Young recipient is 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in four playoff appearances but has gone 0-3 in his last four starts this year, giving up 14 runs in 21 innings over that stretch.

With this being the Mets' first postseason appearance since 2016, they better hope that deGrom has found his mojo again to avoid anything similar to Scherzer's outing.

Padres vs Mets Game 2 Odds

The Mets may have lost Game 1, but things look promising for them to tie up the series. FanDuel Sportsbook lists New York as the -174 moneyline favorite over the Padres.

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