Three-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Max Scherzer (39, Texas Rangers), who had a solid start against Hyun-jin Ryu (36, Toronto Blue Jays), was shockingly ruled out for the season. For now, it’s the postseason, so they’ll have to wait and see.
MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported on Thursday that “Scherzer is out for at least the remainder of the regular season. Scherzer will miss at least rest of regular season; playoffs unlikely,” MLB.com reported on Thursday. “Scherzer has been diagnosed with an oblique strain in his right arm and is out for the remainder of the regular season,” Texas Rangers general manager Chris Young told local reporters, according to the report.
“Obviously, we have some bad news today,” Young said, adding, “We’re very sorry to hear about Scherzer’s injury. He’s a very competitive player. He pitched very well last night. We’ve already lost five of our six All-Stars. Now we’ve lost a future Hall of Famer to injury, but we’re still in a position to make a run at the postseason. I’m very proud of our team.” As for Scherzer’s chances of making a postseason appearance, Young said, “It’s not likely at this point.” “We don’t think he’ll need surgery,” Young said. We will continue to monitor his physical condition.”
For Texas, which is in the thick of the wild-card race, Scherzer’s departure stings. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is a living legend in Major League Baseball and one of the best pitchers in the game. He won the American League Cy Young Award in 2013 and the National League Cy Young Award in 2016 and 2017. In 448 career major league games (448 starts), Scherzer has a 214-108 record with a 3.15 ERA. In 2,834 ¼ innings pitched, he has allowed 2306 hits (328 home runs), 1063 runs (991 earned), 746 walks and 3367 strikeouts for a batting average of .220 and a WHIP of 1.08.
After joining the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008, Scherzer appeared in 16 games (seven starts) in his rookie year, going winless and posting a 4-0 record with a 4.00 ERA. He went on to play for the Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals, and Los Angeles Dodgers before starting this season with the New York Mets before being traded to the Texas Rangers at the trade deadline in late July. This season, Scherzer continued his stellar play. In 27 starts, he went 13-6 with a 3.77 ERA. In 152⅔ innings, he allowed 126 hits (28 home runs), 49 runs (48 earned), 45 walks, 174 strikeouts, a .221 batting average, and a 1.12 WHIP. After going 9-4 with a 4.01 ERA with the New York Mets this season, he improved to 4-2 with a 3.20 ERA with Texas. He has lowered his batting average from 0.240 to 0.174 and his WHIP (walks allowed per inning) from 1.19 to 0.96.
The previous day (Aug. 13) was dominated by the Ryu-Ryu matchup. It was the first time Scherzer and Ryu had faced off in the major leagues. Scherzer made his presence felt with a strong performance. After tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings with three hits, one walk, and two strikeouts, he took the mound in the sixth inning with his team leading 3-0. He induced leadoff hitter George Springer to ground out to second on a full count and then faced Bo Bissett, but after taking the first pitch for a strike, he paced the mound for a moment as if he was feeling uncomfortable. Pitching coach Mike Maddux and a trainer visited him on the mound, followed by manager Bruce Bochy. But that was it. Scherzer signaled that he couldn’t pitch anymore, and he was forced to leave the mound abruptly with only 73 pitches remaining.
Scherzer then underwent a medical examination after reports of a problem with his triceps region. He was diagnosed with a sprain of the supraspinatus, the muscle that connects the shoulder blade to the bones of the upper arm. “All of a sudden, I felt like my biceps were pulling and my triceps were putting more load on me,” he said after finishing a race the day before. I couldn’t handle it,” he said. “In some ways, I think it’s a good thing it didn’t get worse. I mean, it’s not surgery. I’ve talked to the doctors, and they expect me to make a full recovery.” Without Scherzer, Texas will continue to use its starting rotation of Nathan Ivaldi, Jordan Montgomery, John Gray, and Dane Dunning, with the likes of Martin Perez and Andrew Heaney filling the void.안전놀이터
Texas, meanwhile, is 80-64 (.556 winning percentage) through 144 games this season. They are in second place in the American League West, trailing the division-leading Houston Astros (82-64, .562) by one game. They’re also in second place in the wild-card race, with a one-game lead over the Seattle Mariners in winning percentage. Still, Scherzer’s departure is certainly a blow. Can Texas overcome this late-season crisis?