Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that Nationals starter Max Scherzer expects to throw 100 pitches in his start against the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLDS. Janes adds that Scherzer also plans to be available out of the bullpen in the event there is a Game 5.
Scherzer has been dealing with a hamstring injury suffered during his last start of the regular season. He wasn’t healthy enough to start Games 1 or 2, but the Nationals are certainly thankful he’s able to participate at all in the NLDS.
The Cubs will counter with Jose Quintana for Sunday’s Game 3, which starts at 4 PM ET. The series is tied at one game apiece.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: