Launch Notes: Scherzer, Matzek, Schmidt

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A dead arm kept Max Scherzer to pitch in Game 6 of the NLDS, which Scherzer said was due to pitching fewer innings leading up to the playoffs. However, as the right-handed ace Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times told Jorge Castillo, Scherzer does not hold the Dodgers responsible for the situation, and the playoffs were also not a factor in his decision to sign with the Food rather than returning to Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers tried to limit their starters’ innings in order to keep them fresh for October, and Scherzer entered the playoffs assuming (and he told the club) that he was able to maintain the same load of work than in 2019, when he helped lead the Nationals to the World Series. But, him and the Dodgers “never taken this variable into accountOf how throwing less ahead of the 2021 playoffs would impact his arm.

I don’t bear the weight anymore because I had these discussions with [manager Dave Roberts] about that, about how I can be used in the playoffs and running out of it on my end to say I can do something and it didn’t happen“Scherzer said. He also noted that his future free agency had not weighed in on his striped debut:”It is literally the health of my arm. When you can’t throw, you can’t throw…. By rolling in game 6, I would have rolled the dice after suffering a major injury. “

More other launchers around the game …

  • Tyler matzek hasn’t appeared in a single big league game from 2016 to 2019, as the southpaw found his career all but interrupted due to control issues and a case of yips. It took a long time and a lot of work to get Matzek to feel comfortable on and off the pitch, as The Ringer’s Jordan Ritter Conn details, but Matzek has returned to become a major contributor out of the field. Courageous bullpen for the past two seasons, culminating in his role in the Atlanta World Series title. While Matzek’s control issues haven’t completely gone away (he has a 12.2% walk rate in 2020-21), he posted a 2.64 ERA and strikeouts of 31.2 % in 92 regular season innings, plus an excellent post-season 1.48 ERA of 24 1/3 frames.
  • A die Yankees” greater pitching prospects, Clarke schmidtHis major league career has been limited to 12 2/3 innings, largely due to an elbow injury that sidelined him for much of 2021.He just didn’t respond as we expected and it took forever to get it rightSchmidt told Lindsey Adler of The Athletic of his injury, an expander strain that Schmidt described as “essentially the same as tennis elbow.” Once finally recovered, Schmidt was able to pitch 38 innings of minor league ball, then 6 1/3 innings with the Yankees at MLB level, and more importantly, he says he feels healthy heading into the 2022 campaign. However, some adjustments have already been made to his offseason training plan because Schmidt believes the overwork led to last year’s injury. “I just pushed the gas pedal a little too early and learned my lesson, “he said. It looks like New York will start Schmidt in Triple-A to give him a little more seasoning (he only has 25 2/3 Triple-A innings under his belt), but for a A Yankees club who can still use pitching depth, Schmidt could be an important weapon to watch out for during the season.

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