It’s a spillover.
Texas Rangers right-hander Max Scherzer (39) is out for the 2023 season. Even if the team makes the postseason, it will be difficult for him to pitch.
“Even if the team makes the postseason, it’s going to be difficult for him to pitch,” Rangers GM Chris Young said in Toronto on Thursday.
Scherzer felt something wrong after throwing a pitch to Bo Bissett in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays the previous day. Pitching coach Mike Maddux, manager Bruce Bochy, and a trainer were on the mound immediately, and Scherzer did not pitch any further.
The injury is now known to be a stretched muscle that runs from his back shoulder blade to his arm.
For Texas (80-64), Scherzer’s absence is devastating. He pitched 5.1 scoreless innings against Toronto left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu, allowing three hits and one walk with two strikeouts in his team’s fourth straight win. The win pushed Toronto out of third place and into second place in the American League wild-card race.
Scherzer, MLB’s highest-paid player ($43.33 million), was traded to the Texas Rangers on July 31 after the Mets were all but eliminated from the postseason. The Mets sent Scherzer and cash to Texas and received a prospective infielder.
Scherzer, who was 9-4 with a 4.01 ERA with the Mets, was 4-2 with a 3.20 ERA in eight appearances for Texas.
Texas held the AL West lead for 184 days from the start of the season before falling apart in early September. But since Aug. 17, they’ve lost eight straight and are 4-16 in 20 games, dropping to third place in the division. A four-game winning streak starting on Aug. 10 against the Oakland A’s propelled them into second place, 1.0 game behind the first-place Houston Astros.
It was the mound that caused the collapse. It started in the bullpen and spread to the starting rotation. In their last four games, including a 3-2 pitcher’s duel, they’ve stabilized, scoring a combined 28 runs and allowing just 11. But it’s still unnerving.
Texas signed Scherzer to make the postseason. They spent a ton of money on him over the past two years, but injuries have wiped it out. It will be interesting to see if they can make it to fall ball without Scherzer.안전놀이터
Scherzer is a three-time Cy Young Award winner with 214 career wins and 3,367 strikeouts, but he’s an average pitcher who hasn’t been dominant in the postseason. In 27 postseason appearances (22 starts), he is 7-7 with a 3.58 ERA.