Sometimes the best thing that a player can do in the middle of a bad slump is to change things up. We’ve seen Dodgers players over the years make some pretty drastic adjustments, including entirely changing pregame routines to shake off the bad luck.
Max Scherzer is trying a different approach. The Dodgers pitcher was hitless in 52 at-bats heading into Saturday’s game against the Reds. So instead of trying the same methods, Max went with an approach that has grown in popularity with the team.
Dodgers players have taken to borrowing the bat of Albert Pujols for some good luck, and it’s worked out on several occasions the past week. But Scherzer was spotted on the broadcast using his batting gloves, not his bat.
Max Scherzer is using Albert Pujols’ batting gloves to try and get a hit!
He is 0-55 at the plate this year and doing everything he can to get a knock pic.twitter.com/6ZbCuQMU9T
— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) September 18, 2021
Unfortunately for Scherzer, it didn’t quite work out for him. The Dodgers starter almost snuck a bouncing ball back up the middle, but Jonathan India made a nice play to get him at first base. So Scherzer is now hitless in 55 at-bats this year.
But you can bet the Dodgers will continue to turn to Pujols for good luck. Let’s hope that Scherzer’s first hit of the year comes during the playoffs at the right time.