Max Scherzer Ejected For Alleged Cheating

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 19: Max Scherzer #21 of the New York Mets reacts after an ejection by umpire Phil Cuzzi #10 during the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 19, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Considering they are one of the wealthiest teams in all of sports, the New York Mets have not had the start they were hoping for this MLB season. With a long stretch on the road at the start of the season nobody was expecting the Mets to have an easy start, but getting swept by the Brewers and having multiple players already injured is not how they saw the start of their season going. It doesn’t seem like things are gonna be getting better for Mets fans anytime soon with their star pitcher getting ejected for alleged cheating. In a game where you expect Max Scherzer to shut out the Dodgers, it must have been brutal for Mets fans to watch him get ejected in the fourth inning. Of all the pitchers I’ve seen get ejected for cheating, I’ve never seen a player so ballistic about the fact that they’re not cheating. Scherzer was screaming at the Umps that he had rosin on his hands which is completely allowed. As a Mets fan, I love Buck Showalter and what he has done for the team in the past year, but as a manager, you gotta stand up for your pitcher on this one. I really feel like it’s part of the job description to get in there and get ejected. If that were Terry Collins, you could guarantee his ass would have been ejected. The guy used to be an absolute animal when shit didn’t go the Met’s way.

Since the Umpire confirmed to the MLB that Scherzer was ejected for cheating, he will face a 10-game suspension. The only way to get out of the suspension is for Scherzer to file an appeal to the MLB. On the off chance they approve the appeal, he will be able to play immediately. As terrifying as this is for fans, the Mets took the ejection in stride and responded with an absolute bomb from Brandon Nimo in the 5th inning. They were even giving the Umps shit in between innings. Jimmy Yacabonis turned to the umps expecting a substance check after he struck out Freddie Freeman.

Brandon Nimmo kept his streak going with a crucial hit in the top of the 9th inning to extend the Met’s lead by two runs. Nimmo’s hit puts his batting average at .349 on the season. The Mets would go on to win the game 5-3 and are now 12-7 on the season. While they may have responded well in today’s game, you can bet that the Met’s front office will be scrambling to get Scherzer’s suspension appealed. 

Written by Brady White

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