Max Scherzer will take the mound for the Dodgers in game 3 of the NLDS against San Francisco tonight at Dodger Stadium, his second start of the postseason. After dominating in his first nine starts for the Dodgers, Scherzer’s last three starts — postseason included — have been inconsistent.
Thankfully, manager Dave Roberts said on Sunday that the coaching staff identified a few mechanical issues that have led to Scherzer’s inconsistent performances.
“We had pitching and player performance guys digging into the body and the delivery. I did hear that he [Scherzer] figured something things out. The confidence that he has, the delivery, and making pitches – I feel good about it.”
Scherzer allowed just five earned runs in his initial nine starts with the Dodgers. Since then, he’s yielded 11 earned runs in three games.
Despite his recent struggles, Roberts is confident that Scherzer will deliver a strong performance on Monday.
“We made this acquisition for him to be an ace. A stopper. When he takes the baseball, you expect to win.”
Scherzer Not Blaming Coors Field
Some are pointing to Scherzer’s disastrous Colorado start (5 ER in 5.0 IP) in late September as the cause for the downturn. He needed 91 pitches to get through five innings. Scherzer rebuffed the notion in Sunday’s press conference.
“Too many little things can go wrong to just blame it on pitching in Colorado.”
“It’s About Grinding Through It”
Scherzer believes addressing mechanical deficiencies is part of the ebb and flow of being a major league pitcher.
“There’s times where you get a little out of sync and that happens. It’s about grinding through it, figuring out what it is, grab on to something and find something that works for you and get back. Get your mechanics all locked back in and find the rhythm. Once you can find that rhythm, then everything flows.”
Bottom line, Scherzer is doing everything possible to ensure he’s locked in on Monday.