The guy sounds like that personal trainer I’ve been ducking at the gym for the past six months:
“There are things in life you don’t like to do, but you have to do
them. I don’t like abs [abdominal muscle workouts], but I have to do
them. I have to start doing them every day and be serious about it. I’ve got to be honest with me and with you [media] guys and the fans.
I’m 28 years old, I’m not 16 anymore. I’m a big guy
and I work hard every day, [but] one of the things I don’t like to do
is my abs, my core work. If I do abs every day and keep doing my job
and be serious about my abs, I’ll be OK.”
No word on whether he plans to cut down on the crazy, but I hope not. I love watching this guy pitch, and all of the stuff that goes with it. It probably helps that I’m not a Cubs fan. I can see how his shtick could get old if you actually care if his team wins or loses.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.