The simulated game has Mets’ Max Scherzer ready for fans

PORT ST. LUCIE — Max Scherzer’s simulated performance Wednesday included 59 pitches over four innings and two homers allowed.

Dominic Smith, who blew up those two homers, didn’t hit his chest in the Mets clubhouse afterwards.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Smith said. “They don’t count, so they don’t matter.”

For Scherzer, the performance served as the perfect precursor to his Grapefruit League debut with the Mets. The right-hander who arrived in November on a three-year deal worth $140 million, is expected to get the ball in front of fans for the first time this spring early next week.

David Peterson, Tylor Megill and Jordan Yamamoto also saw action for the Mets in the simulated game.

“It felt good,” said Scherzer. “I was throwing sim games and live BPs from behind [screen]but if you actually get rid of them [screen] and getting a referee there, it feels a little bit more real. The intensity increases slightly. Now I want fans. I want people to yell at me and tell me how much I suck. I can barely wait for it.”

Max Scherzer Simulated Mets Game
Max Scherzer threw 59 pitches over four innings of a simulated game for the Mets on Wednesday.
for the NY POST

Kyle Schwarbers Addition to the Phillies roster — the slugger reportedly agreed to a four-year deal worth $79 million — left the Mets with another powerful left-bat to counter in NL East.

Manager Buck Showalter was asked if Schwarber’s return to the division — he played for the Nationals for most of last season — was to underscore the Mets’ need for a proven left-handed backup.

“That’s a good point, but Billy was on top of it from the start,” Showalter said, referring to general manager Billy Eppler. “I’ll look inside what we have here and try not to miss an orchid when looking for a rose.”

Chasen Shreve agreed to a minor league deal with the club on Wednesday, according to a source. The veteran joins a left-wing bullpen crew that includes Alex Claudio and Mike Montgomery.

The Mets revised schedule published. The first series of the season postponed by the lockout – against the Nationals – has been rescheduled for Oct. 3-5 at Citi Field. Additionally, the Mets will make up two games against the Braves, with doubleheaders on May 3 and August 6 at Citi Field.

Another scheduling note: The Mets begin Sunday afternoon home games at 1:40 p.m. this season to accommodate MLB’s national media rights requirements. The simulated game has Mets’ Max Scherzer ready for fans


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