The last time New York Mets' skipper Terry Collins, who's also managing the National League team in the All-Star Game, saw Max Scherzer, the Washington Nationals' right-hander was on the mound in the nation's capital, holding the Mets to two hits and a walk in 7 ⅓ scoreless innings of work, over which he struck out 10 batters.
Nats' skipper Dusty Baker talked after the outing about the campaign the 31-year-old starter has put together thus far in his second season in D.C.
"He's lost a couple along the way," Baker said. "I mean, I think he's an All-Star, personally, not because he's on my team, which helps, but this guy, he could easily win 20, so don't count him out, I mean, this guy, he wanted it tonight, badly, and I think he wanted to make an impression on the league and also on the All-Star manager that's over there."
Whether that outing made an impression, or whether it was Scherzer's 3.21 ERA, 3.71 FIP, his 155 Ks (11.56 K/9) or his stingy .194/.254/.379 line against through 120 ⅔ IP... (it probably wasn't his major league-leading 21 home runs allowed)... the Nationals' starter will be making his second All-Star appearance in two seasons with Washington:
Scherzer was added to the NL's roster today since Stephen Strasburg, who was previously selected by his fellow players, will attend the game, but not pitch in the 2016 ASG, which is being held in the righty's home town of San Diego.
Scherzer leads the majors in strikeouts, ranks second in K/9 and has the third-best WHIP (0.97).
The home runs have been an issue this season (and were at the end of last season), but Scherzer is going to represent the Nationals in San Diego. He was reportedly happy to hear he was selected:
Scherzer seems extremely excited about his All Star selection. Smiled through his whole interview.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 8, 2016