Max Scherzer looks terrifying ahead of start vs. Phillies

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Nationals starter Max Scherzer suffered a broken nose when he accidentally bunted a ball into his face during a drill on Tuesday afternoon. Nevertheless, Scherzer wanted to take the ball in the second game of Wednesday’s twin-billing versus the Phillies. MASN commentator and former player F.P. Santangelo tweeted a picture of Scherzer about a half hour ahead of game time. Scherzer looks terrifying, like the Terminator.

The floundering Phillies lost the first game 6-2. They are 7-11 in their last 18 games. Now they have to face an even scarier version of the already-intimidating Scherzer. The surging Nationals have won 12 of their last 18 games.

It will be interesting to see if Scherzer is affected at all by his broken nose. He has started to come on as of late, owning a 1.06 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 34 innings spanning his most recent five starts.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.