One day after Aníbal Sánchez tossed 7 2/3 no-hit innings against the Cardinals, NLCS Game 2 starter Max Scherzer took his own no-hit attempt into the seventh inning. Washington’s ace wasn’t quite as economical with his pitches as his teammate had been; he ran up a pitch count of 92 while holding St. Louis to two walks and 11 strikeouts through six frames. In the top of the seventh, Paul Goldschmidt led off with a single that just missed the glove of Juan Soto in left field, spoiling Scherzer’s bid to become the first Nationals pitcher with a postseason no-hitter.
Even without the satisfaction of completing the no-hitter, the right-hander’s pristine outing gave him another entry in the postseason record books. Per ESPN Stats & Info, Scherzer and Sánchez are the only two pitchers that have held the same team hitless through 5+ innings in back-to-back games — a feat they completed not once, but twice, as they no-hit the Red Sox through five innings in Games 1 and 2 of the 2013 ALCS and did the same to the Cardinals in the first two games of the 2019 NLCS.
Had Scherzer pulled off the no-no — a highly improbable outcome given his high pitch count — it would have been the third of his career and the first since 2015, when he threw two no-hitters against the Pirates and Mets in June and October, respectively.
I guess this came out the day he was elected but I missed it somehow: Larry Walker is going to have a Rockies cap on his Fall of Fame plaque.
While it was once solely the choice of the inductee, for the past couple of decades the Hall of Fame has had final say on the caps, though the request of the inductee is noted. This is done to prevent a situation in which a cap truly misrepresents history. This issue arose around the time Wade Boggs was inducted, as he reportedly had a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pick their cap on his plaque which, to say the least, would’ve been unrepresentative.
There have been some mildly controversial picks in the past, and some guys who would seem to have a clear choice have gone with blank caps to avoid upsetting the fan base of one of his other teams, but Walker’s doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.
Walker played ten years in Colorado to six years in Montreal and two years in St. Louis. His numbers in Colorado were substantial better than in Montreal. His MVP Award, most of his Gold Gloves, most of his All-Star appearances, and all of his black ink with the exception of the NL doubles title in 1994 came with the Rockies too. Walker requested the Rockies cap, noting correctly that he “did more damage” in a Rockies uniform than anyplace else. And, of course, that damage is what got him elected to the Hall of Fame.
Still, I imagine fans of the old Expos will take at least some issue here. Those folks tend to be pretty possessive of their team’s old stars. It’s understandable, I suppose, given that they’ve not gotten any new ones in a decade or two. Add in the fact that Walker played for the 1994 Expos team onto which people love to project things both reasonable and unreasonable, and you can expect that the Expos dead-enders might feel a bit slighted.
Welp, sorry. A Rockies cap is the right choice. And that’s Walker’s cap will feature.