Mets finally get a vintage start from one of their aces

New York Mets v Houston Astros
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The New York Mets had a perfect combination against the Houston Astros in the first game of the series. After the starting pitching couldn't get the job done in the series against the St. Louis Cardinals, the pitching and offense showed their potential against the reigning MLB champions.

Max Scherzer showed his best stuff, in a game where the offense was on fire headed by Francisco Lindor. Max Scherzer managed to recover after two disastrous outings showing the potential of his stuff against any opponent no matter how strong they are.

NY Mets ace stuff was in his best shape in years

Max Scherzer came to Houston with a mission, to show that he still has what it takes to be considered an ace. After a masterful outing, Scherzer managed to throw eight innings of just four hits, one run, and a total of eight strikeouts in what has been his best start of the season.

Scherzer's effectiveness on the mound was more than evident. The pitch that had given him the most problems in previous outings was the one with the highest result in this latest outing.

Max's slider was breaking well in this outing with seven swing strikes and five called strikes, unlike the one against the New York Yankees, where he barely induced one swing strike with this pitch all night. This pitch managed a 55% swing out of the strike zone by opposing hitters, which evidenced dominance on the mound.

Likewise, his pitches showed an increase in average speed throughout the night. This is something promising since, in previous outings, he experienced a significant loss of speed and spin rate. His fastball and cutter, for example, increased between 0.5 and 1.5 mph during Monday's outing.

In times of need like the one the Mets are living right now, outings like Max Scherzer's bring hope to a team that has been experiencing its worst weeks. Max Scherzer, at this level of dominance on the mound, can be a guarantee card to push the team to the classification and the fight in the postseason.