Max Scherzer bombed at the start against Justin Verlander
Former Mets pitcher Max Scherzer had an outing he wants to forget against one of his former teammates.
Now with the Rangers, Scherzer lit up Wednesday during a crucial meeting with the Astros and Justin Verlander as he hit a season-worst seven runs with six hits, which included three home runs.
Among the three homers Scherzer surrendered was a grand slam by Jose Abreu, which put the Astros up 7-1 for the lead of the third.
The righty was facing Verlander – with whom Scherzer had played in Detroit and in the Big Apple – for the first time in his career.
Prior to Wednesday night, Scherzer had allowed just two home runs in his six starts since he was shipped to Texas by the Mets for Luisangel Acuna in the days leading up to the trade deadline.
Coming into the game, he had a 2.21 ERA and allowed 19 hits in 36 innings for Texas.
Wednesday’s start matched Scherzer’s shortest stint of the year, with another three-way outing appearing on April 19 when he was ejected—and eventually suspended—for goop.
The game was an action packed game as the Rangers needed a win to avoid being swept by the Astros.
The Rangers came half a game out of the playoff position.
Before the meeting, Scherzer expressed his happiness at facing his former teammate.
“That would be fun,” Sherzer told reporters, according to ESPN. “First time playing him. Throughout my career I’ve had to play with the best players in the world and I’ve got to play with the best players in the world. So I’ve had to play with (Verlander) for a while.
“Now it would be interesting to actually face him.”
The two had a contentious relationship while they played each other in Detroit, but a reunion in Queens appears to have helped heal the rift, although The Post’s Mike Puma reported in August that the two had an accidental falling out when Verlander acted like a “diva”. “.
Both were dealt with by New York around the deadline as the organization retooled its farming system and bet the rest of 2023.
During Wednesday’s game, both players earned $677,083. According to Darren Rovell of the Action Network.
The Mets were on the hook for paying 32 percent of Scherzer’s salary and 60 percent of Verlander’s salary.