The New York Mets continued their winning streak with the highest annual one-two punch that shined in the Cy Young Award for a total of ‘six times’.
The Mets caught all of the double headers against the Cleveland Guardians held at Citi Field on the 22nd (hereinafter Korean time). In the first game, Max Scherzer led the way, 5-4, and in the second game, Justin Verlander was put in, giving a thrilling victory by one point each with a 2-1 score.
After the Tampa Bay race on the 18th, the Mets, who had won 5 consecutive wins, marked 25-23, surpassing the Miami Marlins (24-23) and jumping to second place in the NL East Division. The ride against the district-leading Atlanta Braves is five games. In the middle of the season, the competition between the two prestigious clubs began to flare up.
Scherzer and Verlander, who led the winning streak one after another, are the best current aces who have won the Cy Young Award three times and reserved the Hall of Fame. In particular, the two have the same annual salary of 43.33 million dollars (approximately 57.3 billion won) this season, which is tied for first place in the overall annual salary rankings.
Verlander signed a two-year, $86.66 million free agent contract last winter and wore a Mets uniform. Scherzer, the existing ace, is digesting a second season of 3 years and 130 million dollars. The Mets team gave the joint ace honor by making the average annual salary the same.
Scherzer, who started Game 1, pitched 3 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts and no runs in 6 innings. Although the bullpen allowed a reversal for a while and did not record a win, he lowered his ERA to 4.01 by showing a sense of stability in two consecutive games following the match against the Washington Nationals on the 15th (5 innings, 2 hits, 1 run). Season 3 wins 2 losses.
However, Scherzer had only 86 pitches after pitching 6 times, but he went down the mound due to a cracked callus on his right thumb. His four-seam restraint was 94.4 miles at the highest and 92.6 miles on average, 0.7 miles less than usual.
This callus was caused by the last pitch, and it was very painful as it was torn. After the game, Scherzer said, “I threw a lot of curveballs and changeups that had nothing to do with my thumb. Thanks to that, I was able to use a good curveball when I needed it.” did.
In the top of the 8th inning, where the Mets were leading 3-0, Adam Ottavino and David Robertson got 4 hits, including 1 home run, and allowed 4 runs to turn the game around to 3-4. However, in the bottom of the 8th inning, first baseman Starling Marte, with no outs, pushed right-hander Trevor Stephen’s fastball into the middle of the 94 mph straight and connected it with a two-runner that flew over the right-middle wall, turning the score around 5-4. It has been 34 days since Marte hit a home run against the Miami Marlins on April 8.
In the second game, the Mets also used Verlander’s good pitch as a stepping stone to score the winning run in the second half of the game. Verlander blocked 8 innings with 3 hits and 1 run and became the winning pitcher. He marked the season with 2 wins and 2 losses and an average ERA of 3.60. He threw 52 of 98 pitches and averaged 93.9 mph with a high of 96.0 mph on the fastball. He was also 0.7 mph slower than usual.
Verlander put a 94-mph fastball into the middle of Jose Ramirez after two outs in the top of the first inning and gave up a superior home run, conceding a run. However, after that, not a single runner was allowed to advance to second base and was completely blocked. In the bottom of the 8th inning, which was 1-1, the Mets led by a right-handed hit by Francisco Alvarez and a midfield hit by Francisco Lindor after one out, Jeff McNeil hit a sacrifice fly to left field in the first and third base chances, and Marte stepped home to lead 2-1. Caught.안전놀이터
In the top of the ninth, finisher Brooks Rayleigh took the mound and kept the lead by one point. Rayleigh, a native of the KBO League, recorded his first save this season. “I woke up this morning and remembered Scherzer and Verlander were throwing today. It looked like they were going to be great games,” Rayleigh said.
In Game 2, Cleveland starter Shane Bieber lost 7 hits and 2 runs in 8 innings. Season 3-3, ERA 3.08.