The most noteworthy player in Game 3 of the World Series held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA at 9:03 on the 31st (Korean time) is Texas Rangers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (39).
Scherzer is the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball. He signed a three-year, $130 million free agent contract with the New York Mets in December 2021, becoming the first player to receive an average of more than $40 million per year. A year later, in December of last year, Justin Verlander signed a two-year contract with the Mets worth $86.67 million, and the two players became teammates with the same annual salary, but it is safe to say that Scherzer, who holds the ‘first’ record, is the highest-paid player.
Scherzer is the best current starting pitcher who has promised to enter the Hall of Fame. It would be correct to describe him as a ‘living legend’ who won the Cy Young Award three times along with Verlander and Clayton Kershaw. He has a total of 214 regular season wins, 3,367 strikeouts, and an earned run average of 3.15.
In the postseason, he pitched in a total of 29 games (24 as a starter), posting a record of 7 wins, 8 losses, and an ERA of 3.86. He also made three starts in the World Series, earning one win and an average ERA of 3.86. In particular, I had the honor of wearing a championship ring during my time with the Washington Nationals in 2019.
Scherzer is challenging for another win in four years. His last appearance on the World Series mound was with the Detroit Tigers in 2012. So Texas will become the third team, following Detroit and Washington, to have Scherzer on the mound in the World Series. This is also not something anyone can do.
During his time in Detroit, Scherzer appeared once in the World Series. He started in Game 4 against the San Francisco Giants and pitched 6⅓ innings, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs. At the time, he was hit by a come-from-behind two-run shot by Buster Posey in the top of the 6th inning, leading 2-1, but avoided defeat with a tying home run by fellow batter Delmon Young in the bottom of the 6th. I also remember throwing with my hands blowing in the freezing cold of -3 degrees Celsius at Comerica Park, where the game was held at the time.
However, Scherzer’s condition does not look very good in this World Series.
Scherzer injured his right shoulder teres major in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 13 and missed the end of the season. He was scheduled to close out his schedule for the year as is. His regular season performance was 13 wins, 6 losses, a 3.77 earned run average, and 174 strikeouts in a combined 27 games with the Mets and Texans.
However, Scherzer, who seemed to have given up on participating in the postseason, recovered faster than expected and returned to the ALCS and pitched two games. The pitching results were 4 innings, 5 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, and 5 runs in Game 3, and 2⅔ innings, 4 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 2 runs in Game 7.
Fastball velocity is a matter of interest. In Game 7 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros on the 24th, the highest speed was 95.5 mph and the average was 94.3 mph. It was a little faster than the season average of 93.7 mph. In Game 7 of the World Series against Houston in Washington in 2019, Scherzer threw a fastball with a maximum speed of 98.2 mph and an average of 95.6 mph. The average fastball speed in the regular season that year was 94.9 mph. This means that he pitched at his best in the postseason.
Regarding this, Scherzer said, “Back then, my arm was stronger than it is now. I could throw with all my might, so I relied a lot on fastballs. Now that I’m older, I can’t throw as strong. But that doesn’t mean I can’t overpower batters. “Based on experience, we need to get the batter out in a different way,” he said.
Before today’s game, Texas coach Bruce Bochy ordered, “We need to be able to throw long innings like usual. If not more than 100 pitches, we can get close to that.”
Scherzer, who started his professional career in Arizona, is receiving even more attention because he is throwing against his own team that day. He was selected by Arizona in the first round of the 2006 draft and made his major league debut in 2008. He went 9-15 with a 3.86 earned run average in 46 games over two seasons until being traded to the Detroit Tigers in December 2009.굿모닝토토 주소
His annual salary at the time was $1.45 million. Now, 14 years later, he has become a superstar who receives 30 times that amount, and is announcing his fall baseball comeback in front of his old home fans.