NY Mets: Top three Nationals players that I despise the most
I respect Max Scherzer a lot and think he is a phenomenal pitcher and one of the better ones of this generation. In the 2014 offseason, Scherzer signed a seven-year $210 million-dollar contract with the Nationals. The $30 million-dollar salary for seven seemed a little ridiculous at the time but has proven to be one of the best free-agent contracts in baseball history. Scherzer has won two Cy Young Awards with the Nationals and has finished top five in five of his six years in Washington.
With Scherzer being this dominant, it’s expected for him to perform well against the Mets. But he has pretty much owned New York. In his career against the orange and blue, Scherzer has gone 12-5 with a 2.70 ERA in his 23 starts. The 2.70 ERA is the lowest against an NL East opponent. He has struck out 198 batters in 150 innings against the Mets, an 11.9 K/9. In 23 starts these are extremely impressive numbers.
The reason Scherzer is on here is just the length of how dominant he has been. Scherzer had his first season in Washington in 2015 and is still a very good pitcher to this day. Scherzer has consistently been a top three pitcher in the National League and every time the Mets face him I fear they might get no-hit because he has such good stuff.
This fear comes from experience. Scherzer threw a no-hitter against the Mets in 2015. It was a meaningless game in the last series of the season after the Mets had already wrapped up the division. Even with the game being meaningless it was still gut-wrenching. That was the second time watching the Mets get no-hit that season, and it’s never fun watching your division rival celebrate on your field.
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That night was just a symbol of how dominant Scherzer has been against the Mets. Luckily this season is the final year of the long contract so hopefully, he will be wearing a different uniform next season.