Max Scherzer threw his 2nd no-hitter of the 2015 season in a 2-0 victory by the Washington Nationals. The Mets had one baserunner all night, Kevin Plawecki, who reached on a throwing error by third baseman Yunel Escobar. It is fascinating to consider that Max Scherzer was only a bloop single, a leaned-in hit-by-pitch, and a throwing error away from 3 perfect games this season. Scherzer is only the 5th player in history to throw 2 no-hitters during one regular season, and the first since Nolan Ryan in 1973. Scherzer ties Ryan’s 1973 record for strikeouts in a no-hitter, with 17. Scherzer also fell one shy of Tom Seaver‘s 10 consecutive strikeouts, but Curtis Granderson popped out to end the strikeout stretch and end the game.
Matt Harvey was very good for the Mets tonight, allowing 1 unearned run on 4 hits in 6 innings, while walking none and striking out 11. His one run allowed scored in the 6th inning, after Michael Taylor reached on a fielding error by 3rd baseman Kelly Johnson. Clint Robinson singled him to 3rd with 1 out, and Wilson Ramos hit a sacrifice fly to bring him in. Dan Uggla homered in the 7th against Hansel Robles to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead, and those two runs were all they needed.
Max Scherzer was absolutely dominant, and his game score of 104 is 2nd in major league history. Scherzer walked none, hit none, and struck out 17, while only allowing one baserunner on Yunel Escobar’s throwing error (a throw first baseman Clint Robinson should have handled). Between the two teams, there were 35 strikeouts and no walks, and some part of that must be a major league record. I’m fairly certain that the 35 strikeouts is a major league record for a 9-inning game, but I have not been able to confirm that. It was definitely the best pitching performance I have ever seen.
NEGATIVES: Offense… but frankly, a game like this is much easier to accept than game 1. Here, they were facing a pitcher who, honestly, was not going to be stopped. Also, Hansel Robles allowed yet another home run, around 3 strikeouts.
The Mets finish their season tomorrow at 3:10 against the Nationals. Jacob deGrom, in an abbreviated start, will face off against Tanner Roark. The Mets are now 1.5 games behind the Dodgers for home field advantage, and their magic number to clinch it is now 1.
WPA Winner: Matt Harvey (.107 pitching, -.011 hitting, .096 total)
WPA Losers: Hansel Robles (-.100), offense (none under -.100, but aside from Plawecki’s ROE, none over -.042 either…)
Best Play: None over .100 (highest was Plawecki’s ROE, .069)
- Dan Uggla homers, Nationals up 2-0, 7th inning (.133)
- Clint Robinson singled, Michael Taylor to 3rd, 0-0, 6th inning (-.111)