Max Scherzer Gives Funny Review of Mark Canha's Emergency Third Base Appearance
The New York Mets asked left fielder Mark Canha to do something on Friday night that he hasn't done in six years: play third base. The 33-year-old veteran last played the position in 2016 but needed to take to the hot corner after Eduardo Escobar and Jeff McNeil exited with injuries.
Though the Mets ultimately lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in 10 innings, starting pitcher Max Scherzer had some fun with the temporary 3B's performance, playfully saying, "as soon as he caught it, I was like, 'Oh, thank God.'"
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Canha was forced to make some plays at third, including getting Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto on a ground out. While he initially had some fun with his teammate's showing, Scherzer made it clear that he respects how Canha stepped up.
It's a perfect example of Mark stepping up. He's never played third base and now he's gotta play third base. He's gonna get action and he came through for us.- Max Scherzer on Mark Canha
Canha was the one who went up to manager Buck Showalter with the idea of him replacing Escobar. He had to use his outfielder's glove instead of a third-base mitt, which only added to his nerves. However, his strong mindset helped him get through the situation.
It was a little nerve-racking just to try and focus on not trying to do too much and just make routine plays... Just kind of hold down the fort to get us through the game.- Mark Canha
After last night's game, Canha has played 23 innings over five games at third base, racking up a perfect fielding percentage while recording three putouts and four assists. It remains to be seen what his role will look like when the Mets and Phillies clash again on Saturday.
Phillies vs. Mets Odds (Aug. 13)
The Phillies and Mets meet for Game 2 of their three-game series on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET. As it stands, FanDuel Sportsbook is listing New York as the -215 moneyline favorite — an implied probability of 68.3% — while Philadelphia is the underdog at +180.
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