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Mets Scherzer Bounces Back With Gem Against ‘Stros

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The New York Mets have been needing their Aces to come up big and pitch the game of the season and on Monday night in Houston, Max Scherzer may have done just that.

In Scherzer’s previous three starts, he has allowed 12 earned runs in 16 innings pitched, with three home runs and 21 strikeouts, but Monday’s performance was a masterpiece.

The Mets as a team, entered the three game set against the Houston Astros, having lost the last their last two games, and four of their last 10. They desperately needed a great game from the pitching staff to help stop their losing ways.

New York and Houston starters traded zeros for two innings, before the Mets exploded for five runs in the top of the third. As for Scherzer, he retired his first six batters, before allowing a lead-off single to Jeremy Pena. Scherzer then proceeded to retire the next 10 batters before allowing a one-out single to Martin Maldonado in the bottom of the sixth. By this time the Mets offense had pegged their Ace to a 6-0 lead.

The next batter, Jose Altuve, then popped out and after Alex Bregman singled to left, Scherzer struck out Kyle Tucker to end the inning.

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In the bottom of the seventh, The Astros finally put a run on the board, with a solo one out shot off the bat of Yainer Diaz to make it 6-1. Scherzer then made his way to the eighth inning, and after walking Jake Meyers and then striking out Maldonado, he induced a ground ball double play off the bat of Altuve to end the inning and his gem.

Max Scherzer Line: 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HR, 8 Ks

The Mets then exploded for five more runs in the top of the ninth, to blow the game wide open at 11-1, ensuring a opening series blowout to start their seven day road trip.

The offense that has been going toe-to-toe with their opponents over the last few weeks, but finally they received the assist they needed from the pitching staff.

Justin Verlander, who tossed six innings, allowing just one earned run on three hist while striking out six Yankees batters, will return to the Houston mound for the first time since Game one of the 2022 World Series. In that game, the Mets other Ace was tagged for five runs on six hits in five innings of work, so hopefully for Mets fans and the offense he will have a much better game.

Offensive Stars:
Starling Marte – 2 for 5, 2 R, RBI
Francisco Lindor – 2 for 5, 2 R, Double, HR, 5 RBIs
Tommy Pham – 2 for 4, 2 R, Double, RBI
Daniel Vogelbach – 2 for 5, R, HR, 3 RBIs
Brett Baty – 2 for 5, 2 R


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