New York Mets: Not even bat boy can slow down Max Scherzer

Jul 29, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21) watches from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21) watches from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /
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When Max Scherzer is rolling on the mound, there are few things that can shake him … not even the New York Mets bat boy.

Scherzer was once again ace material on Saturday night as he helped the New York Mets sweep a double-header from the Atlanta Braves with a dominating performance in the nightcap. The pair of wins put the Mets 5.5 games ahead of the Braves in the race for the top of National League East heading into Sunday’s series finale.

Max Scherzer was on fire for the New York Mets on Saturday night, even if the Mets bat boy threw a bit of a distraction at him.

The 38-year-old right-hander made a statement against the Braves, scattering four hits over seven shutout innings while striking out 11 and walking no one. The 11 strikeouts marked the 109th game of his career with 10 or more Ks in a game, and only three pitchers in MLB history have more games with double-digit strikeouts. That includes Roger Clemens with 110, a number Scherzer will match with his next game with 10 or more whiffs.

But while Scherzer was baffling the Braves at the plate, the Mets bat boy made a baffling move of his own in the top of the fifth, running behind home plate as Scherzer was in the middle of his windup.

Check out the clip below, and listen to the reaction of the Atlanta announcers when they see what is happening.

Scherzer, putting aside the momentary distraction, went on to cruise through that inning and two more before calling it an evening. In his last seven starts (including Saturday), Scherzer has posted a 1.37 ERA and 0.85 WHIP and has struck out 61 batters in 46.0 innings.

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Neither the Braves or the bat boy could throw Scherzer off his game on Saturday night as he showed once again why he is one of the top pitchers not only of this season, but recent memory as well.