As The Mets Loose Max Scherzer to Injury- Lets Recap His 2022 Mets Season

April 8th, 2022: Max Scherzer made his Mets debut in the second game of the 2022 season, pitching against his former team the Washington Nationals in D.C. In his debut, Max went six innings, allowing three runs, a 4th inning two run HR to Josh Bell being the biggest hit he gave up on the day. Scherzer struck out six & walked one on the day, earning his first Mets victory.

His next start came on April 13th, in Philadelphia. He was even better tonight, although he pitched just five innings, he struck out seven, allowing just one run, on five hits, while walking three. The Mets scored nine runs; Pete Alonso homered & drove in five runs on the night. Brandon Nimmo also homered as Scherzer went to 2-0.

On Tuesday April 19th, Scherzer made his Citi Field debut. It came in the second game of a Tuesday double header against the San Francisco Giants. The Mets won the opener 5-4 on a Francisco Lindor walk off base hit.

In the nightcap, Scherzer delighted the Mets fans, as he struck out ten, allowing just a run & one
hit through seven innings. He struck out two batters in the 1st inning, 2nd inning & again in the 6th inning.  The Mets went on to a 3-1 win as well as another double header sweep.

In Scherzer's fourth Mets start, he went up against Mike Mikolas in St. Louis. Both pitchers shut out their opponents for seven innings, with Mikolas giving the Mets four hits. Scherzer made it back-to-back starts with double figures in strike outs, as he struck out ten. He only allowed two hits & walked just one, lowering his ERA to 1.80. 

Scherzer got a no decision as the Mets scored five runs in the 9th inning, after being down 2-0 entering that last inning. He closed out April 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA 32 strike outs seven walks in 25 innings pitched.

On May 4th, Max & the Mets hosted the Phillies on Sunday Night Baseball. On this night, he served up three HRs, two long balls to Kyle Schwaber & another to Bryce Harper. But the Mets 15 hit attack, led by Starling Marte's three RBIs won if for New York 10-6. For Scherzer he allowed the most runs on the year with four, on just five hits in six innings. He notched another nine strike outs on the year. The only other Mets pitcher to have more strike outs in their first starts (42) is Pedro Martinez (46).

As the Mets went to Philadelphia, Max got his next start the next week in the first of another twin
bill. Here he took his first loss, as he gave up three runs on ten hits, with seven K's. In this game Bryce Harper homered again.

On Friday the 13th of May, the Seattle Mariners came to Citi Field, for a rare match up. Max & Marco Gonzales went at it in a pitcher's duel, with a 1-1 tie through seven innings. The Mariners won the game as Drew Smith took the loss in relief. Max struck out six more, allowing just three hits & a walk.

On May 18th, In the top of the 6th inning, Max signaled to the Mets dugout to take him out of the game. He had allowed just one earned run on seven hits, leaving with a 6-2 lead. The Mets went on to an 11-4 win, with Max getting credit for the victory.

 If Scherzer took himself out of a game, being the competitor he is, everyone knew the news would not be good. The next day tests showed an oblique strain, an injury that would sideline him for at least six to eight weeks.

In his first eight Mets starts through May 18th, he is 5-1 (most wins in the NL) with a 2.54 ERA 59 strike outs (2nd in the NL) 11 walks in 49.2 innings of work in 8 starts (1st in the NL).

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