New York Mets

New York Mets

New York Mets

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 19: Max Scherzer #21 of the New York Mets reacts after an ejection by umpire Phil Cuzzi #10 during the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 19, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Max Scherzer was ejected for having what Phil Cuzzi’s umpiring crew deemed to be a foriegn substance on his pitching hand, yet the former Cy Young Award winner pleaded his case to the media afterwards that he did everything within the legal boundries of the rules.

Scherzer recounted to reporters that he cleansed his hands with alcohol after the second inning, and the only substance on his hands were rosin (which is a legal substance, pitchers can use it) and sweat.

“I would have to be an absolute idiot to try to do anything in the fourth. I washed my hand with alcohol in front of the official and grabbed rosin. When you use sweat and rosin your hand can get stickey,” he said.

It will be interesting to see what baseball decides to do. If the umpires deemed it a violation, Scherzer could face a 10-day suspension.

Meanwhile, the good news for the Mets was they won the game 5-3 thanks in major part to a five-hit day from Brandon Nimmo. His two-run bomb gave the Mets a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Nimmo would later be one of two runners to score on a Mark Canha double in the ninth to blow the game open at 5-2.

  • Buck Showalter Sounds off on Scherzer and Cuzzi

  • Mark Canha Delivers

  • Brandon Nimmo Homers

  • Andy Martino

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