2 Mets players silencing their doubters, 3 birthing new ones

Jun 1, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21) reacts
Jun 1, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21) reacts / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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A rollercoaster of emotions? That’s kind of what it’s like watching any baseball team, especially the New York Mets of late. As soon as we put our heart and trust into the team, they tear it right back out again.

While some players have been silencing their doubters, others are creating whole new concerns.

NY Mets pitcher Max Scherzer has silenced doubts about his age

Max Scherzer has been good enough lately to have season numbers where we wouldn’t think there was ever a doubter. Through 9 starts, Scherzer is 5-2 with a 3.21 ERA. He has finally nudged himself over a strikeout per inning at only 9.1 per 9. It’s a positive trend for a guy people thought was completely cooked.

Scherzer’s ERA is only .10 higher than his career of 3.11 and his winning percentage of .714 puts him on pace to win more than half of his decisions. Scherzer hasn’t been his sharpest all of the time. His last four outings have been more of what we needed.

Going back to May 14 when he threw 5 innings against the Washington Nationals, Scherzer has not allowed more than one earned run in any appearance. He has gone 7 frames in back-to-back starts. Both were wins for the Mets and included pitch counts of 102 and 101.

Managing Scherzer correctly and having him ready for the postseason is a must for the Mets. Also a must—they need to start winning more consistently. Scherzer has been his usual self. His doubters haven’t had anything to complain about. This is the guy we need at the top of the rotation alongside Justin Verlander—a guy still trying to get his doubters to pipe down.