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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

‘Bring it on’: Scherzer leads statement win vs. Braves

The lone blight on Max Scherzer’s evening was still in the recent past on Monday when Eddie Rosario stepped to the plate with two outs in seventh. Standing on second base was Marcell Ozuna, who represented the tying run. Back in the dugout was Austin Riley, who had homered off Scherzer moments earlier. All around the Mets’ ace, a sold-out Truist Park crowd thundered as loudly as it could.

Scherzer ignored it and went to work, jumping ahead of Rosario in the count. He wasted an 0-2 pitch and then came back with his silencer: an 88-mph cutter that caused Rosario to fly open and swing wildly at the baseball. When Rosario did, Scherzer whirled and slammed his fist toward the ground, letting out an audible roar of emotion.

He knew how important this game was, not just in the standings but for his ascending club’s psyche. He understood how significant it would be for the Mets to complete what became a 4-1 win over the Braves.

“This is what you play the game for,” Scherzer said. “You want to be in these situations. You want to be facing the best teams in the league. You want to be in races. You’ve got to rise to the occasion and match it.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 12, 2022 at 08:45 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: July 12, 2022 at 10:40 AM (#6086349)
A "statement win" is only as good as the next day's starting pitcher.
   2. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: July 12, 2022 at 10:46 AM (#6086351)
Scherzer is really fun to watch. It was a real shame that he had to miss Game 6 of the NLCS last year. The Braves were hot at that point, but Scherzer really could have been a tables-turner.

Atlanta has built a really good team, Fried and the bullpen have been outstanding this year, and Spencer Strider has been a real find.
   3. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: July 12, 2022 at 05:41 PM (#6086396)
This first game was always going to be a "statement win" for the winner and "just one game" for the loser. That said...I'd rather have won it than lost. So, good on the Mets. See ya tonight.
   4. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: July 12, 2022 at 10:29 PM (#6086436)
Yay...I guess the Braves got the "rebuttal win."
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: July 12, 2022 at 10:33 PM (#6086438)
The fact that Scherzer isn't a Cardinal is as disappointing that Buerhle was never a Cardinal. At least the Braves got to groom almost all their hometown fan players at some point in time.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 12, 2022 at 10:46 PM (#6086443)
The Braves didn't get Charlie Blackmon.

The Rockies did get Kyle Freeland, which seems like a very Rockie-ish hometown prize.
   7. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: July 12, 2022 at 10:53 PM (#6086445)
The Braves didn't get Charlie Blackmon.


He played for my high school's crosstown arch blood rival. I would've had a really, really hard time rooting for him.
   8. cardsfanboy Posted: July 12, 2022 at 10:57 PM (#6086446)
I knew it wasn't "all" but it does seem that the Braves and even the Cardinals do conscientiously try to get their home town players if it's worth it. (and by hometown, just meaning those players who identify as rooting interest in the team)

Obviously you don't sign a player because of that, and they don't sign because of that, but it's always nice to see when the money and the fandom align.
   9. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: July 12, 2022 at 11:24 PM (#6086455)
The Cardinals drafted him in the 43rd round in 2003. Maybe if they had drafted him in the 10th round and given him the $45,000 they gave to Buddy Blair...
   10. cardsfanboy Posted: July 13, 2022 at 12:00 AM (#6086468)
The Cardinals drafted him in the 43rd round in 2003. Maybe if they had drafted him in the 10th round and given him the $45,000 they gave to Buddy Blair...


I don't think anyone at the time thought he was going to sign for less than 3rd round money. They drafted him because he was available and figured why not. (actually I'm not sure on that, but I do seem to remember that he was already well regarded that it was going to take over slot or whatever type of money to sign him)
   11. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: July 13, 2022 at 11:24 AM (#6086492)
Yay...I guess the Braves got the "rebuttal win."
The "statement win" headline is the latest reminder that sportswriters and copy editors don't only run low on original thoughts during spring training.
   12. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 13, 2022 at 01:05 PM (#6086513)
it's always nice to see when the money and the fandom align.

Gerrit Cole being the exception that proves the rule.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: July 13, 2022 at 05:20 PM (#6086555)
Seems to me that, for pretty much my entire baseball life, the Cards and Braves have been singled out for their extensive regional ("social") networks, really covering their local players in-depth. I assume that all teams did more of that in the day -- cheaper to cover your locals in-depth -- but still those two were regularly cited when I was a kid. It probably still makes sense -- everybody knows who the top 1st-3rd rounders are and everybody can read stat lines or watch videos on the rest but it's largely a crapshoot after the 3rd round. In which case it doesn't matter if you pick a Cal/Fla kid or an Arkansas kid. At that point, it probably is little stuff like "this kid is teachable" or "the glove will be good, maybe he can learn to hit a bit?" If you have strong historical connections, keep them going and you'll find the 10 local kids with a 5% chance of being useful rather than the random pick with a 3% chance.
   14. cardsfanboy Posted: July 13, 2022 at 10:37 PM (#6086619)
Seems to me that, for pretty much my entire baseball life, the Cards and Braves have been singled out for their extensive regional ("social") networks, really covering their local players in-depth. I assume that all teams did more of that in the day -- cheaper to cover your locals in-depth -- but still those two were regularly cited when I was a kid.


Agreed, which is why I mentioned the Braves, and it really wasn't intended to be a slight at the Cardinals doing it, but just a mild comment talking about how it's one of the skills another organization does at least as good if not better than the Cardinals. Scherzer and Buerhle both campaigned to be Cardinals after their careers took off, and the Cardinals just couldn't make it happen (and campaign is probably too strong of a word, but Buerhle would show up to Cardinal playoff games type of thing, and there was a running joke about TLR potentially creating tampering issues with both Buehrle and Ryan Howard potentially)

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