WASHINGTON - Max Scherzer is a bad, bad man with a hint of crazy. Yet, situations like this are why Scherzer is nicknamed Mad Max.
Scherzer is pitching for the Washington Nationals a day after taking a ball off the nose during batting practice. With a broken nose and a blackened patch circling underneath his right eye, Scherzer would not let the Nationals allow him to miss a start. In fact, he was adamant about starting against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday evening.
The results, well… are straight out of a nightmare.
LETS GO!!!!! pic.twitter.com/PZEfDffNDz— F.P. Santangelo (@FightinHydrant) June 19, 2019
Who, in their rightful mind, would step into a batter’s box against a guy that has blue, brown, and now black eyes? Especially when that guy is Scherzer, an already intimidating three-time Cy Young winner.
In the first inning, he didn't lose a step. It was his highest average velocity in an opening frame since 2015.
FIRST SERIAL KILLER TO EVER START A BASEBALL GAME https://t.co/loCPzpsRZA— Michael Jenkins (@JenksNBCS) June 19, 2019
Max at his most Max pic.twitter.com/JS59XJCEKX— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) June 19, 2019
When the Boogey Man goes to bed at night, he checks for Max Scherzer. pic.twitter.com/VPBdpNBrXI— Rudy Gersten (@DCBarno) June 19, 2019
Among your 2020 Nats bobblehead offerings, what's the likelihood of a black-eye Scherzer? High, I'd say. (h/t @RickMaese)— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) June 19, 2019
Somehow, Max Scherzer is even more intimidating now. pic.twitter.com/Y5C6S1LI3h— Cut4 (@Cut4) June 19, 2019
But honestly, did anyone expect anything different from the Nationals ace? No one questions the heart of Scherzer. The only question will be for the Phillies and if they can get this image of Scherzer out of their heads when they go to bed tonight.
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