4) NY Mets redemption story: Max Scherzer goes on a dominant playoff run
Max Scherzer has some redeeming to do. His poor postseason start against the Padres should have us all hoping it was nothing more than a glitch in the matrix. He wins that game and the whole series changes with Jacob deGrom taking the victory the very next day.
Scherzer was brilliant throughout the 2022 regular season. The only thing he was missing was health. Scherzer made just 23 starts for the Mets but the 11-5, 2.29 ERA performance was exactly what they needed. Despite all of the missed time, he came close to matching the number of innings Taijuan Walker (157.1) and Carlos Carrasco (152) offered the club in 29 starts each.
For those who chose to forget, Scherzer got rocked for 7 earned runs in only 4.2 innings of work in his lone postseason start. The Mets never stood a chance in the 7-1 loss. Yu Darvish was masterful. The first inning two-run home run from Josh Bell immediately put New York in a hole they could never recover from.
There is only one way for the Scherzer redemption arc to end. A hot run through a couple of weeks in October culminating in an “all hands on deck” finale in the World Series with the Mets coming away winners is the conclusion.