New York Mets Max Scherzer is angry again.
When the warm-up pitch (practice pitch) was restricted due to the pitch clock regulation, he strongly expressed his dissatisfaction with the referee.메이저놀이터
Scherzer started the home game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on the 2nd (Korean time) and showed off his power by striking out 9 in 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits (1 earned run).
The Mets won 4-2, making Scherzer the winning pitcher. Scherzer, who recorded 5 wins and 2 losses in 4 consecutive games since the game against the Washington Nationals on the 15th of last month, lowered his ERA to 3.20, which had soared to the 5-point range.
He struck out 48 in 47⅔ innings in 9 games this season, and with a WHIP of 1.09 and a hit rate of 0.220, he is gradually looking for the highest salary (43.33 million dollars) like a big leaguer.
Scherzer gave up two runs in the first inning, but later prevented an extra run. In the top of the first inning, Trey Turner gave up a left-handed hit and a walk to Bryce Harper, and catcher Francisco Alvarez threw a throw to third base during the opponent’s double steal. It was 0-2 with a fly.
However, after that, Scherzer dominated the Philadelphia batters without any major crisis and led the inning. In the meantime, the Mets turned the tables on Jeff McNeil’s timely hit in the bottom of the 3rd inning and Mark Kanha’s two-run homer in the middle left in the 4th inning, and then Mark Vientos’ sacrifice fly in the 6th inning widened the score to 4-2 and seized the victory.
Mark Kanha hits a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth and celebrates with Brandon Nemo. AFP Yonhap News
It was just before the top of the 5th that Scherzer was furious. The pitch clock rule states that up to 8 practice pitches can be played between innings, and no additional pitches can be played within 30 seconds of the start of the inning. When Scherzer, who had thrown 7, tried to throw it again in a situation that was within 30 seconds, umpire Trip Gibson stopped him.
Scherzer approached Gibson umpire with his arms open and began to appeal loudly. Gibson umpire explained the rules, but Scherzer seemed to lose his anger with a puzzled expression.
After the game, Scherzer said, “Obviously, eight practice pitches are required. I asked, ‘Can I throw the eighth pitch? Can I follow the routine?’, but he said no because of the pitch clock. I was very disappointed.”
The lack of time for Scherzer’s practice pitching was because catcher Alvarez was the last out hitter in the bottom of the 4th inning and came late to wear catcher equipment. “I’m doing my normal routine,” Scherzer said. “It’s not my fault, so why should we interrupt the game and have the umpire break the routine? Gibson said he couldn’t do anything about it. If I threw the other one, MLB The secretariat would have held him accountable.”
In the end, Scherzer openly pointed out the irrationality of the rule itself, not Gibson’s umpire.
“In that situation, how much slower would you throw one more ball? One second? Referees have to be able to exercise discretion in that situation,” Scherzer said.
Interestingly, even after being so excited, Scherzer lightly put 3 batters to sleep with 10 balls in the top of the 5th inning.
This is the second time this season that Scherzer has collided with the umpire. On April 20, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he was sent off and banned from participating in 10 games for putting foreign substances on his gloves.