Max Scherzer leaves in 2nd with neck spasms after first care

Max Scherzer leaves in 2nd with neck spasms after first care

Postautor: lucky » 2 sie 2017, o 08:53

Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer left in Marcus Johansson Authentic Jersey the second inning Tuesday night at Miami with what the team said were neck spasms, after belting his first career home run in the first inning. Scherzer pulled himself out of the game before throwing a pitch in the second. After throwing one warm-up pitch prior to the start of the bottom of the second, Scherzer immediately gestured he was done and walked off the mound. The Nationals said Scherzer had slept on his neck wrong and left for precautionary reasons. Left-hander Matt Grace replaced Scherzer while staked to a 6-0 lead. The top half of the second was more triumphant for Scherzer as he hit the first home run of his career, a three-run shot that was part of a six-run frame for the Nats. Scherzer's home run swing began as a bunt attempt before he pulled his hands back down and put a ball deep into the left-field seats. The last starting pitcher to homer and log only one inning was Randy Lerch in a 23-22 Phillies win over the Cubs in Chicago on May 17, 1979, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. Lerch hit a homer in the top of the first (part Jonathan Freeny Youth Jersey of a seven-run inning for the Phillies) but allowed five runs and recorded only one out in the bottom of the first before being lifted. Scherzer came into Tuesday's game with a 12-5 record, 2.23 ERA and a league-best 201 strikeouts for the NL East leaders. If he winds up on the disabled list, he will join fellow starter Stephen Strasburg who is battling a nerve impingement in his right arm. The Nationals are saddled with five other significant injuries to right-handed starter Joe Ross (Tommy John surgery), shortstop Trea Turner (broken wrist), outfielder Adam Eaton (torn ACL), outfielder Jayson Werth (broken foot) and outfielder Michael Taylor (oblique strain). Information from ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press was used in this report. As baseball enters August, the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers lead their respective divisions. Since 1996, the first full season with at least one Wild Card, 91 of 126 division champions (72 percent) held at least a share of that division lead entering August. Historical Trends Since 1996, 12 of 21 World Series winners led their divisions entering August 1. The Dodgers (.705), Arizona Diamondbacks (.571) and Colorado Rockies (.566) are all at or above .560 in the NL West entering August. This is the fourth time since 2000 that three teams in the same division have been at or above .560 entering August, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. The last time it happened was 2010, when the AL East had the Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays went on to win the division, with the Yankees as the Wild Card. The Red Sox finished seven games back. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it hasn’t happened in an NL division since 1997 when the New York Mets, Florida Marlins, and Atlanta Braves accomplished the feat. Elias also notes that this is the third time there have been three NL West teams with .560-or-better win percentages entering August in the Divisional Era (Since 1969). The Dodgers, Giants and Reds did it in both 1973 and 1978. What it means to be in first place (and by how much) In the AL, all of the division leaders entering August went on to win their respective divisions last season: the Red Sox, Indians Authentic Kevin Pierre-Louis Womens Jersey and Rangers. It’s happened six times since 1996 in the AL. In the NL, the division leaders entering August haven’t all gone on to win their divisions since 2012, when the Nationals, Reds and Giants did so. It’s happened 11 times since 1996 in the NL. Since 1996, there has not been a season in which none of a league’s leaders entering August went on to win their divisions. In that span, all six division winners have held a share of first place entering August just three times: 1996, 1997 and 1999. What about a large division lead? The Astros lead the AL West by 16 games entering August this season. That’s the third-largest lead in the World Series Era (division lead since 1969; league lead prior). Only the 2001 Mariners and 1995 Indians had a larger such lead. The Giants are 35 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West entering August. That’s the largest lead the Dodgers have ever had over the rival Giants entering August in the 127 years the two teams have played in the same league. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the previous largest lead was 24 games in 1899. The previous largest in the World Series Era was 20 1/2 games in 1974. MIAMI -- According to liar, er, wire reports, Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals was named the 2017 National League Cy Young winner, making him the first hurler ever to receive pitching's highest honor in midseason. “It’s my pleasure to bestow this award on Max for his superior work over the course of the first two-thirds of this 2017 regular season,” commissioner Rob Manfred said during an impromptu news conference Tuesday afternoon at Marlins Park, prior to Scherzer’s start against Miami. “While Major League Baseball fully recognizes the unusual timing of this announcement, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion given that Clayton Kershaw is on the disabled list and is expected to miss significant time. That being the case, we just figured it was better to call a spade a spade and get it over with now. Besides, with the trade deadline officially behind us, it was a slow news day.”
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