The New York Mets continued their winning streak with a one-two punch of their highest-paid players, who have combined for six Cy Young Awards.
The Mets swept a doubleheader from the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field on April 22. The Mets used Max Scherzer in the first game, 5-4, and Justin Verlander in the second game, 2-1, for a thrilling one-run victory.
Riding a five-game winning streak that dates back to April 18 against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Mets improved to 25-23 and moved into second place in the NL East, ahead of the Miami Marlins (24-23). They have a five-game lead over the division-leading Atlanta Braves. The rivalry between the two storied clubs began to heat up midway through the season.
Scherzer and Verlander, who led the team to back-to-back wins, are two of the best aces in baseball, having won three Cy Young Awards and secured their place in the Hall of Fame. Notably, they are tied for first place on the all-time salary list with $43.33 million this season.
Verlander signed a two-year, $86.66 million free agent contract with the Mets last winter. Scherzer, the established ace, is in the second season of a three-year, $130 million deal. The Mets honored their co-ace by keeping their average salaries the same.
In his Game 1 start, Scherzer went six innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out five. Although the bullpen briefly gave up a run and he was unable to record the win, he settled down for the second straight game, lowering his ERA to 4.01, following a five-inning, two-hit, one-run victory against the Nationals on April 15. He’s 3-2 on the season.
However, Scherzer had only thrown 86 pitches when he left the game after the sixth inning with a callus on his right thumb. His fastball was topping out at 94.4 mph and averaging 92.6 mph, 0.7 mph less than normal 먹튀검증.
The callus was from his last start, and the tear was painful. After the game, Scherzer said, “I threw a lot of curveballs and changeups that didn’t have much to do with my thumb. I was able to use my good curveball when I needed it,” he said, adding, “I tore the flesh and it’s really sore. It’s going to be fine for my next start, but it’s going to be miserable.”
The Mets took a 3-0 lead in the top of the eighth when Adam Ottavino and David Robertson combined for four runs on four hits, including a pair of homers, to cut the deficit to 4-3. But in the bottom of the inning, Starling Marte lined a 94-mph fastball from right-hander Trevor Stephenson over the right-center field fence for a two-run shot to make it 5-4. It was the first time in 34 days that Marte had hit a home run since April 8 against the Miami Marlins.