Mets Make Serious Offer to Mad Max

According to Andy Martino, the Mets have an offer on the table to sign Max Scherzer. Martino reported that the AVV is over 40 million. Length isn’t known.

It’s no secret that Max Scherzer is the prime free agent avaliable this offseason after jet another strong year. Scherzer finished 3rd in the NL CY Young vote after pitching to a 15-4 record with a 2.46 ERA. The future Hall Of Famer had a MLB Low 0.86WHIP, with a 11.8 K/9.

The 8th time all star and 3 time CY Young Award winner will join Jacob deGrom in the best 1-2 punch ever.

There isn’t much negative to say about Max Scherzer. He is durable, misses bats, competitive mind and great controll.

I never expected Max to sign with the Mets but seems like it’s a real possibility now. The next 48 will be very very interesting.

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Tuesday Night Matchup: Mets vs Nationals

The New York Mets took an important first game of the series on Monday afternoon and the team will look to continue its good play over the Washington Nationals and Max Scherzer as the Mets look to inch closer towards that second Wild Card seed.

The stolen slugger J.D. Davis is not only mashing the baseball out of the earth’s atmosphere, he’s doing it with a .301 batting average to go along with .880 OPS and 18 home runs with 49 RBI’s in 345 at-bats. With the likes of Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil anchoring the offense, Davis has been causing damage in a very low-key manner.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer is still healing from a back injury that took place right after the All-Star break, and instead of going to one of Washington’s Minor League affiliates, Scherzer opted to rehab while pitching against other Major League teams. This is only his third start from returning from the Injured List and it’s expected that Scherzer will have his pitches limited to a count.

That doesn’t bode too well for the Nationals as the New York Mets will have their reigning and defending National League Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom on the hill in efforts to take the game, as well as series. deGrom is 3-1 with an ERA of 1.72 in his last trips to the mound. Overall, the Florida native is 8-8 with a 2.66 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and has struck out 214 batters in 169.0 innings pitched.

Tonight’s game will take place in Washington D.C.’s Nationals Park with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM EST. The game will be televised on SNY as well as in front of a national audience on MLB Network.

MetsJunkies Wednesday Night Recap vs Nationals

Jacob deGrom and the Mets went toe to toe with Max Scherzer and the Nationals tonight and as anticipated, it was a low scoring game as both pitchers were locked in.

  • Unfortunately for both teams, HomePlate Umpire Ryan Blakney was the epitome of an inconsistent umpire. Mind you, this is the reason why an automated strike zone is apart of any discussion and it’s a valid debate.
  • Jacob deGrom pitched 6 quality innings, giving up just 1 run on 2 hits, while striking out 8 and lowering his ERA to 3.72 after tonight’s outing.
  • Robert Gsellman game into the game in the 7th and pitched a scoreless inning. Gsellman now has an ERA of 2.48, solidifying himself as a dependable arm out of the Mets bullpen.
  • Drew Gagnon is making the most out of his opportunity, the right handed reliever pitched a scoreless 8th inning, lowering his ERA to 3.21 over 14.0 innings.
  • The Mets loaded the bases for Juan Lagares for a matchup against Sean Doolittle and Lagares took a ball down in the strike zone and split the left and centerfield outfielders with a bases clearing double, his 3rd of the season. The extra base hit would put the Mets up, 3-1.
  • Rajai Davis then hit a 3-run jack in his first at-bat in a Mets uniform, putting the Mets up 6-1 as apart of a six run 8th inning.
  • Tyler Bashlor took over in the 9th inning and pitched a scoreless frame. Bashlor is another reliever that’s really making his case to become a permanent fixture in the Mets bullpen.

The Nationals will send Stephen Strasburg to the mound in the series finale. Strasburg owns a 4-3 record with a 3.32 ERA in 65.0 innings, spanning over 10 starts.

Steven Matz will hit the hill for the Mets during tomorrow’s matinee matchup, Matz is 3-3 in 8 starts with a 3.96 ERA. The Long Island, New York native has a 1.27 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 38.2 innings pitched.

MetsJunkies Wednesday Night Pitching Matchup vs Nationals

The Nationals have lost the last 8 of Max Scherzer’s 10 starts going into Wednesday nights contest with the Mets. Including the “Opening Day” matchup against Jacob deGrom in which the Mets won 2-0. Scherzer is 2-5 with a 3.72 ERA in 65.1 innings.

Jacob deGrom will try and secure the win against the Nationals as he’s 3-5 with a 3.98 ERA over over 52.0 innings pitched. Jacob bested the Nationals on opening day while striking out 10 batters.

deGrom & Scherzer duel it out, Mets win

Mets Ace Jacob deGrom and Nationals Ace Max Scherzer went head to head on Thursday’s Opening Day bout, and while the Mets took the lead early with a Robinson Cano home run, both pitchers exchanged shots at each other in the form of great pitching.

Last season, Jacob deGrom took home the Cy Young Award while Max Scherzer was the first runner up. Today starts the journey for the Mets to be on top of the National League East Division, yes, even on Opening Day, especially with the Mets starting the season off against top quality opponents.

Jacob got into trouble in the third, putting runners on the corners with no outs. After falling behind Turner 2-0, deGrom came back to strike Turner out with a full count for the first out of the inning. Anthony Rendon then followed with an extremely odd double play. He grounded to third in which McNeil went to second to start the double play, as soon as he released the ball, the runner on third Victor Robles broke towards home plate. After Cano received the throw at second to get the force, he made the heads up play by throwing the ball to the plate which induced a rundown and eventually the final out of the inning.

deGrom saw some trouble again in the 6th with Turner on second base with no outs, after falling behind 2-0 to Anthony Rendon, deGrom got him to ground to Rosario for the first out. Turner then stole 3rd for his third steal of the day, drawing the infield in. deGrom would follow with a incredible change up to strike out Soto and then got Zimmerman to fly out to Nimmo, getting out of his second jam of the game.

deGrom would pitch six innings on the afternoon, not allowing any runs, giving up five hits, walking one, and striking out 10 Nationals with the Mets up 1-0. This was the 30th time Jacob deGrom allowed two runs or fewer, an absolutely incredible stat.

Seth Lugo and his insane curveball would come into the game in the seventh and would immediately strike out Nationals catcher Yan Gomes and Brian Dozier for back to back strikeouts. Dave Martinez with an odd move for the Nationals, would leave Scherzer in the game to bat in the seventh and he would also strike out as the Nationals side would strikeout for the third time on the afternoon.

Dom Smith would come in and pinch hit for Lugo and got Scherzer to go the distance with a full count for a great at bat, showing a great eye at the plate, drawing the walk. After striking Nimmo out and getting his 12th K, Dave Martinez would remove Scherzer from the game. The move made no sense to me, but Dave Martinez clearly isn’t the type of manager that likes to utilize “strategy” and as a Mets fan, I’m good with that.

Pete Alonso got a souvenir for his trophy case as he picked up his first hit in the 8th off of reliever Justin Miller, both Miller and Alonso were removed from the game. Keon Broxton would pinch run to give the Mets more speed and a better shot at adding an insurance run. Cano would follow with his second R.B.I. hit of the afternoon, going inside out to left field giving the Mets the 2-0 advantage going into the 8th.

The Mets newly acquired closer Edwin Diaz would enter the game in the 9th and get a 1-2-3 inning to log in his first save as a Met, securing deGrom’s first victory of the season.