Max Scherzer Booed Off Mound in First Playoff Start With Mets

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Max Scherzer did not plan for the start of his 2022 MLB postseason to come with a disastrous outing. The Mets pitcher gave up four runs against the Padres in just 4 1/3 innings on Friday night in Game 1. New York lost 7-1.

As boos rained down from fans inside Citi Field, Scherzer’s 27th postseason appearance on the mound is one he will like to forget. The three-time Cy Young award winner became the first pitcher to allow four homers and seven earned runs in a playoff game since Reds pitcher Gene Thompson did so in the 1939 World Series, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

Scherzer gave up homers for Padres sluggers Josh Bell and Trevor Grisham, Jurickson Protar, and Manny Machado. Bell hit a two-run homer, followed by Grisham’s solo shot, giving San Diego a 3-0 lead.

The Padres took a 7-0 lead in the fifth inning when Profar hit a three-run homer. Machado then delivered the solo shot. Trevor May was relieved and the eight-time All-Star was removed.

These seven runs were the most Scherzer allowed in a playoff game during his MLB career. The Mets trailed Padres 7-0 in the fifth inning. They were unable to score one more run after the starter left.

Mad Max is a remarkable postseason performer, but Friday night was not one of them.

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