Mets ace Max Scherzer returned from a 15-day stint on the injured list on Monday night in Milwaukee and he was perfect. In the baseball sense, this statement is literal. Scherzer threw six perfect innings before manager Buck Showalter sent him out of the game.
Final line on the return exit: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K, 68 ropes.
Again, Scherzer had 18 batters and 18 batters, three innings short of his first career perfect game. He dropped two no-hitters, but both times he needed to face 28 hitters instead of a minimum of 27.
Some might focus on the fact that Scherzer had a perfect game after 68 shots, but he was coming back from an oblique injury. He missed six weeks ago this season with the same injury and is also 38 years old. Also, the Mets are fighting for the NL East title and have plans for a deep October run.
All of this to say that Scherzer’s health for the rest of the season — hopefully November, from the Mets’ point of view — is superior to any one-game individual pursuit here.
Through this lens, Scherzer’s comeback was incredibly successful.
Tylor Megill replaced Scherzer and he was also off the injured list. He has been out since mid-June due to a shoulder injury. Things didn’t go so well for Megill as he allowed the Brewers to catch the bet with no hits and then conceded a two-time homer to Rowdy Telles.
So the Mets won’t be playing a combined perfect game or no hitters. The headline here says that Scherzer was absolutely dominant in his comeback and looked ready for a strong finish to the season.