“Max Scherzer Makes Texas Debut, Looks to Sweep White Sox”

By | August 3, 2023

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Max Scherzer will make his debut for the Texas Rangers as they aim to complete a sweep of the Chicago White Sox. The Rangers have dominated the first two games of the series, outscoring the White Sox 13-1. Scherzer, who has 121 strikeouts in 107 2/3 innings, will be appearing for his sixth team in 16 seasons. He was traded from the New York Mets to the Rangers, with cash involved to cover a significant portion of his contract. The White Sox, who have struggled offensively this season, will send right-hander Touki Toussaint to the mound. Field Level Media reported

Max Scherzer Set to Make Texas Debut as Rangers Look to Sweep White Sox

August 3 – Max Scherzer, the highly anticipated addition to the Texas Rangers, will make his debut on Thursday afternoon as the team aims to complete a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox in Arlington, Texas.

The Rangers have dominated the first two games of the series, outscoring the White Sox by a combined score of 13-1. Starting pitchers Andrew Heaney and Dane Dunning have been impressive, striking out 11 batters each. Now, it’s Scherzer’s turn to showcase his skills.

Scherzer, who has amassed 121 strikeouts in 107 2/3 innings this season, will be appearing for his sixth team in 16 seasons. The New York Mets traded him to the Rangers for shortstop prospect Luisangel Acuna, with the deal also including cash to cover a significant portion of Scherzer’s remaining contract.

In an interview, Scherzer expressed his excitement about joining the Rangers, stating, “With Texas calling, realizing the situation that I had in New York and realizing the situation that was now developing in Texas, this was going to be the best place for me to continue my career and have a chance to be able to win as well.” He waived his no-trade clause to facilitate the deal.

In his last start for the Mets, Scherzer allowed only one run and six hits in seven innings against the Washington Nationals. Reflecting on his performance, Scherzer acknowledged the ups and downs of his season and his ongoing efforts to fine-tune his pitching.

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Although Scherzer has made 24 career starts against the White Sox, his last appearance against them dates back to 2016. He boasts an impressive record of 13 wins and 6 losses, accompanied by a stellar 2.43 ERA in 163 innings pitched against the team.

On the other side, the White Sox rely heavily on Luis Robert Jr., who leads the team with 29 home runs and 60 RBIs. However, the team’s overall hitting has been lackluster, ranking 27th in the majors in OPS (.680) and scoring the sixth-fewest runs (447).

For Thursday’s game, the White Sox will start right-hander Touki Toussaint (1-3, 3.50 ERA), who joined the team recently. The White Sox acquired Toussaint via waivers from the Cleveland Guardians in late June. Since joining the White Sox, Toussaint has made four starts in eight appearances, registering a 1-2 record with a 3.34 ERA.

Toussaint previously faced the Rangers earlier this season, delivering an impressive performance of four scoreless innings in relief without conceding a hit. He struck out four batters. In his career, Toussaint has faced the Rangers twice, both times in relief, and holds a 1-0 record with a 2.25 ERA.

The Rangers welcomed back Corey Seager to the lineup on Wednesday. Seager, who had been out since July 21 due to a right thumb injury, made an immediate impact by going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. His return boosted his season average to an impressive .352.

Speaking about Seager, Rangers manager Bruce Bochy praised his talent, saying, “I don’t know what else to say about Corey. He’s amazing. He’s got a simple swing, and he’s just that talented.”

With Max Scherzer’s Texas debut and the Rangers’ dominant performance in the first two games of the series, the team is poised to complete a sweep of the White Sox. The game promises to be an exciting showdown between two talented teams.

–Field Level Media

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