Summary: Max Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, will be pitching Game 3 of the AL Championship Series for the Texas Rangers against the Houston Astros. After being sidelined since September due to a shoulder muscle strain, Scherzer has been deemed ready to return to the field. The 39-year-old pitcher has had a successful season with a 13-6 record and a 3.77 ERA. This will be his fifth team appearance in the postseason.
Max Scherzer, a highly acclaimed pitcher and three-time Cy Young Award winner, will make his return to the mound in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros. Scherzer has been sidelined since September 12th due to a muscle strain in his shoulder. However, he has been working diligently to regain his form and has been deemed ready to start.
Manager Bruce Bochy expressed his confidence in Scherzer, stating that he threw 69 pitches to hitters during a recent practice and came out of it without any issues. Bochy also mentioned that Scherzer had maintained his stamina throughout his recovery and was even available to pitch in Game 2, if needed.
Scherzer, who was traded from the New York Mets earlier this year, has been eagerly waiting for his return. Bochy revealed that Scherzer has been assuring the team of his readiness and has been looking forward to getting back on the mound.
As for the Houston Astros, they have yet to announce their starting pitcher for Game 3. The 39-year-old Scherzer had an impressive regular season, finishing with a 13-6 record and a 3.77 ERA in 27 starts. Since joining the Rangers, he has continued to perform well, going 4-2 with a 3.20 ERA in eight starts.
Scherzer has a strong postseason track record, having appeared in 27 games and starting 22 of them. He has a 7-7 record with a 3.58 ERA in the playoffs. This will be his fifth team appearance in the postseason, having previously pitched for the Tigers, Nationals, Dodgers, and Mets.
Notably, during the 2019 World Series while playing for the Nationals, Scherzer started Games 1 and 7 against the Houston Astros. He played a crucial role in the Nationals’ victory in Game 1, but did not factor into the decision in Game 7, which the Nationals ultimately won. He finished the series with a 3.60 ERA over 10 innings pitched. This season, he faced the Astros twice, winning one game and losing the other. He had an impressive outing on June 19, striking out eight batters and allowing just one run in eight innings. However, the Astros got the better of him on September 6, hitting three home runs and scoring seven runs in just three innings.
Max Scherzer’s return to the mound will surely be a highlight of Game 3, and fans can expect an exciting matchup between the Rangers and the Astros.
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