Mets' Max Scherzer Exits Start vs. Nationals After 67 Pitches with Fatigue

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 4, 2022

New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21) reacts during St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols' at bat in the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

New York Mets ace Max Scherzer abruptly exited Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals after the fifth inning and did not return, per Andrew Tredinnick of NorthJersey.com.

According to the Mets, Scherzer was dealing with fatigue and left the game as a precaution.

Steve Gelbs @SteveGelbs

Update on Max Scherzer from the Mets:<br><br> Max was feeling fatigued on his left side and didn’t want to push through it.

Scherzer tossed just 67 pitches before exiting and returning to the clubhouse alongside pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and a member of the team's training staff.


"Probably could've continued to pitch but didn't think it was a good idea"<br><br>Buck Showalter with more on Max Scherzer's injury: <a href="https://t.co/S7mWaHkKwn">pic.twitter.com/S7mWaHkKwn</a>

Scherzer was exactly as advertised as the 2022 MLB season got underway. Through his first eight starts, he went 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA and a 2.97 FIP. The right-hander was averaging 10.7 strikeouts and 2.0 walks per nine innings.

But the three-time Cy Young Award winner was forced to leave a May 18 start against the St. Louis Cardinals after 5.2 innings of work. He was diagnosed with an oblique strain that would leave him out for six to eight weeks.

That timetable proved accurate, as Scherzer was deemed fit to return for a July 5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

New York's success on the field is understandably leading fans to wonder if this will be a memorable season, and the fact that Scherzer didn't suffer a long-term injury should keep the club's pennant hopes alive entering the stretch run.