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New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer was pulled from a perfect game after six innings in the team’s Sept. 19 game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. Here is why.
The New York Mets had the chance to clinch a postseason berth for the first time since 2016 with a victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, Sept. 19. New York had ace pitcher and free agent signing Max Scherzer on the mound, and he did not disappoint.
Scherzer had a complete game through six innings, where he struck out a total of nine Brewers batters. However, Scherzer was pulled out of the game by Mets manager Buck Showalter, despite the fact that he thrown just 68 pitches.
Reliever Tylor Megill was called in to replace Scherzer, and he surrendered a double to Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich on his second pitch thrown.
Why did Buck Showalter pull Max Scherzer from perfect game?
As for why Scherzer was pulled, ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan points out that the right-handed starting pitcher was in his first start since returning from the injured list, and that the Mets have much more important games to focus on this fall. The postseason.
Scherzer had been sidelined with an oblique injury, the second time this season. But in his first start back, he looked to be back at his usual, dominant form.
The Mets went on to defeat the Brewers 7-2 to clinch a postseason berth. This was also Scherzer’s 200th career victory.
Now, it is a matter of whether they win the NL East division, or if they will be a Wild Card team. They are currently in a tight race between them and the Atlanta Braves, who are just one game behind them following the games on Monday night.
A perfect game would have been nice, but the Mets have more important things to worry about. And by that, we mean winning their first World Series title since 1986.