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Saturday, September 14, 2019

What really goes into a mound visit with Max Scherzer?

WASHINGTON—Max Scherzer provided the unforgettable visual on June 2, camera squared on his face and a single effective word launched from his mouth. “No!”

Davey Martinez was approaching from the dugout. Scherzer had struck out a batter for the 14th time before Martinez began his advance. It took nine pitches, including a final slider. His pitch count hit 117. Joey Votto was coming up. Martinez stepped on to the dirt of the mound while greeted by a sneer.

This scenario is one for lore. Angry, ornery ace refuses to leave his mound. Manager absorbs kickback. It fits Scherzer’s personality and the narrative developed by it. In fact, he was doing this as far back as college at Missouri. Top of the ninth, Tigers lead 2-1, two outs, coach Tim Jamieson approaches.

“In the ninth inning, he struck out the first two batters, then they pinch-hit a guy with slider bat speed,” Jamieson said. “He wasn’t going to catch up to Max’s fastball but if Max would make a mistake in college, it was with his breaking stuff.

For those of you curious involving what is going on when mound visits are in progress.

 

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