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New York Mets starter Max Scherzer returned to the mound Monday night and was perfect in six innings. But manager Buck Showalter pulled it before Scherzer could get into the story.
The Mets have never had a perfect game in franchise history, and Scherzer was doing a fantastic job of changing that. However, he was close to scoring, having just returned from IL for his Milwaukee debut against the Brewers.
So, despite only 67 pitches in six innings and a cruise, Scherzer’s night was over. He finished with no hits, no walks and nine strikeouts.
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The Mets bullpen had a chance to make it a perfect game combined, but Tylor Megill, who was also activated out of IL on Monday after suffering a shoulder injury, gave up two runs on two hits in his working inning.
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Scherzer has two hits to his name, but he’s never thrown a perfect game in his career. The closest he came was last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he took one in the eighth inning. With one out, Eric Hosmer of the San Diego Padres lined up a right double to break it up.
Scherzer also had his 3,000 career strikeouts in that win over the Padres last year.
Scherzer’s two no-hitters came in 2015, including one against the Mets. While pitching with the Washington Nationals, Scherzer tied for the most strikeouts of all time in a no-hitter with Nolan Ryan when he entered 17 Mets batters.
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The other no-no came against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 20, 2015. He was the sixth pitcher in MLB history with two no-hitters in a year.
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While Scherzer may not have made history, the Mets must love the performance he was able to put up on his first start. His ERA rose to 2.15 on the season.
On the bright side, New York clinched a playoff berth with the 7-2 win over the Brewers on Monday night. This will be their first playoff appearance since the 2016 season.