After leaving the New York Mets in a trade, Max Scherzer, the best pitcher in Major League Baseball, has continued his dominance in a Texas Rangers uniform.
The Rangers cruised to a 12-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Friday (May 15) at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Scherzer started the game and threw a complete game shutout.
Scherzer pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, striking out 11 and walking none to improve to 12-4 on the season. It was his cleanest outing since the trade.바카라
The trade between the Mets and Texas brought Scherzer, the 2013 American League and 2016 National League Cy Young Award-winning pitcher, to the club. Texas, the favorite to win the American League West and the World Series, added Scherzer to complete its starting rotation.
Scherzer has won all three of his starts since joining the team. On April 4, he pitched six innings of three-run ball against the Chicago White Sox. He followed that up with seven innings of one-run ball against the Oakland Athletics on April 9.
[Photo] Angels’ Shohei Ohtani after being hit by Scherzer. ⓒGettyimages (All rights reserved)
It was a perfect game for the Angels, as they didn’t allow a run. The Angels’ two-hit wonder, Shohei Ohtani, is second in the majors in home runs (41) and first in OPS (1.067). Ohtani was silent on the day, going 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
Scherzer retired Ohtani on a swinging strikeout in the first inning and a swinging strikeout in the fourth. In the sixth, he got a grounder to third base. Scherzer’s performance prompted MLB.com to note that “Scherzer has lived up to expectations in three starts for Texas.”
Scherzer’s new teammate, two-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger shortstop Corey Seager, said, “He’s an ‘elite’ pitcher for a reason. He’s proving it every five days.”
“He’s very well prepared,” Texas manager Bruce Bochy said. “I felt like I had a good rhythm with [catcher] Mitch Garber. We had good chemistry the whole time.”
[Photo] Texas pitcher Max Scherzer. ⓒGettyimages (All rights reserved)