Nationals ace Max Scherzer is already fed up with MLB’s crackdown on foreign substances. The Washington starter was checked for foreign substances THREE TIMES within the first four innings of the game against Philadelphia. A frustrated Scherzer, who was cleared of any foreign substances each time, damn near stripped down in front of the Phillies crowd to prove his innocence.
This is incredible.
Joe Girardi asked the umpires to check Max Scherzer for sticky stuff again.
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) June 23, 2021
Scherzer, who entered Tuesday 5-4 with a 2.21 ERA was irritated by Phillies manager Joe Girardi, who continually asked the umpires to check the righty for sticky substances. After striking out J.T. Realmuto to end the fifth inning, Scherzer mean-mugged Girardi on his way back to the dugout, causing the manager to spring out of the dugout and challenge the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Girardi was quickly ejected.
Joe Girardi apparently has a death wish. I would strongly advise against this. pic.twitter.com/DBGGEOpr7N
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) June 23, 2021
Scherzer didn’t return to the game, finishing his night with eight strikeouts, three walks and just one earned run on two hits through five innings. Tuesday’s opener against Philly marked a return from the disabled list for Scherzer, who was placed on the 10-day list last week after injuring his groin vs San Francisco. Washington and Philadelphia play again tomorrow afternoon to wrap up a quick two-game series between the division rivals.
And then then there’s this sticky check of Oakland’s Sergio Romo during the A’s game at Texas.
An even more ridiculous baseball pitcher check here. pic.twitter.com/MM8ZZxeFdi
This one is not going away any time soon. Stay tuned.