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Monday, August 14, 2023

Justin Verlander’s ‘diva’ attitude didn’t sit well with Max Scherzer and some Mets

A Met told Puma that Verlander was a “diva” who was detached from his Mets teammates and complained about how the team’s analytics department was not at the level as the one he worked with during his first stint with the Astros.

And it was that “diva” attitude caused Scherzer to grumble some about Verlander.

It was a different vibe than last year’s rotation had, The Post’s Mike Puma reported, as Scherzer and Chris Bassitt were free in offering information to the team’s other, younger pitchers.

Nevertheless, the Mets let Bassitt walk in the offseason to the Blue Jays as the club brought in Verlander, Jose Quintana and Kodai Senga.

Personal drama aside, Verlander and Scherzer largely didn’t live up to expectations this year as they each had ups and downs before the Mets shifted to sell-off mode.

The Mets, who were seventh in all of baseball with a 3.57 team ERA last season, haven’t seen the same success this year as they entered Saturday with a 4.38 ERA, closer to the bottom than the top.

Verlander, the 2022 American League Cy Young award winner did not throw a pitch for the Mets until May 4 as he suffered a teres major strain shortly before Opening Day.

And when he did get back on the mound, he didn’t get off to a hot start for the Mets, going 2-2 in May with a 4.80 ERA over five starts.

“We kind of got off on the wrong foot. Everything that could go wrong did early,” Verlander, as a member of the Astros, told reporters at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 3. “Even though we started playing some good baseball at times, we never really hit our stride where we were kind of banging on all cylinders. I can’t answer exactly why that is.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2023 at 01:29 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Justin Verlander: Mets place star pitcher on IL hours before opener with muscle strain

Hombre Brotani Posted: March 30, 2023 at 02:55 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, justin verlander, mets



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