Some very important and highly-awaited news was delivered from New York Mets manager Buck Showalter late last night. Following the conclusion of the regular season, the Mets are now gearing up for postseason play for the first time in six years.
Pertaining to the Mets’ starting pitching going into the playoffs, there has been much speculation after squandering an opportunity to win the division, giving themselves a bye. How they would pivot and approach the Wild Card round has been a question.
Well, after last night’s 9-2 rout over the Washington Nationals, Showalter was asked by the media and provided an answer.
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Max Scherzer will start Game 1 of Wild Card series for the New York Mets:
Showalter made it known that the Mets’ big-ticket offseason free agency signing, Max Scherzer, will get the start to ring in the postseason.
The 38-year-old started 23 games this regular season, finishing with an 11-5 record and a 2.29 ERA.
There was talk on which Mets ace it would be to start Game 1 of the playoffs between Scherzer or Jacob deGrom.
Beyond game one of this set, should the Mets win the first game, Chris Bassitt will supposedly go Game 2. If the Mets lose the first game, deGrom would likely pitch Game 2 of this series in hopes of keeping the Mets’ season alive.
This series with the San Diego Padres begins Friday night at Citi Field. The Mets competition here happens to always play them tough. In particular, the Padres’ game-one starter always gives the Mets fits.
It will be Yu Darvish that Scherzer and the Mets will go up against. Darvish went 16-8 (fifth most wins in MLB) with a 3.10 ERA (20th in MLB) this year.
The 2022 season has been a special one for the Mets. Now, it is time to play at their best in pursuit of a World Series championship. It begins with Scherzer pitching up to the dominant level he is capable of tomorrow night.