Scherzer is one of the best hitters with RISP

Brian Tinsman
April 07, 2019 - 2:17 pm
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Max Scherzer is having another Max Scherzer year on the mound, even if he can't get the run support to match.

So on Sunday, he took matters into his own hands and swung away with the bases loaded.

It was just a seeing-eye single that should have been corraled in a different defensive alignment, and perhaps even been a double play that ended the inning.

But because Mets defenders were playing close to the bags, he squeaked it through into left field for his first RBI of the season:

Ironically, it was Scherzer's first run scored in his support all season. It also set the table for a big inning, giving Scherzer a 5-0 lead heading back onto the mound.

While the bullpen has been the team's biggest issue on the young season, so is timely hitting. Rallies have been particularly hard to come by, and it's fitting that he would collect the timely hit.

In fact, that's part of what Scherzer does best at the plate.

According to MLB.com stats analyst Andrew Simon, Scherzer is one of the best clutch hitters in baseball since 2016, coming in ahead of former teammate Daniel Murphy for hits with runners in scoring position:

It probably doesn't hurt that the Nats are playing in New York today. While Scherzer was warming up in the bullpen, the Mets honored Jacob deGrom on his 2018 National League Cy Young. Scherzer was second in the voting, a fact that likely isn't lost on anyone.

 

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