After designating Miguel Batista for assignment over the weekend the Mets officially released the 41-year-old right-hander today.
It’s remarkable that Batista lasted as long as he did with the Mets, but it’s even more amazing that he somehow managed to not be much, much worse than a 3.96 ERA in nine starts and 30 relief appearances dating back to last season.
That’s nothing special, of course, but for a guy with 49 strikeouts and 45 walks in 77 innings a 3.96 ERA is pretty incredible.
It’s hard to imagine Batista getting another big-league job at this point, but then again I’ve been saying that since about 2008.
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.