Mad Max is still going at it. The 39-year-old is still going strong, now on his fourth team in three years.
Scherzer started this season with the Mets, and wasn't quite his usual self. He had a 4.01 ERA and 4.70 FIP in 107.2 IP in Queens this season. Those aren't horrible numbers or anything, but they weren't what we had become asscustomed to seeing from Max. Perhaps his age was beginning to show.
It was still enough for him to be traded to Texas at the trade deadline, where we performed better despite some injuries. He had a 3.20 ERA in 45 innings. He had a muscle strain that sidelined him for the first two rounds of the postseason.
He finally made his playoff debut in game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros, and he got rocked a little bit. He allowed five earned runs in four innings and took the loss.
He then started game 7 on Monday, and only pitched 2.2 innings and allowed two earned runs, though that was likely the plan with him going in. Now, it sounds like he's dealing with another injury as the New York Post reports that he has a cut on his thumb. The injuries keep piling up at the wrong time.
Whether this latest ailment is enough to keep him off the World Series roster remains to be seen. The Rangers could always use the extra arm, even if he isn't at his best.
This would the second World Series that Max Scherzer has won since leaving the Tigers if the Rangers can pull if off. He won one in 2019 with the Nationals, along with other former Tigers Anibal Sanchez and Fernando Rodney.
Scherzer is already likely a future hall-of-famer, but if he can get another ring, it might put him into the first ballot conversation.