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You could say Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer was feeling it on Wednesday night during his latest tuneup for 2023.

New York faced Team Nicaragua as they continued to prepare for the World Baseball Classic. The right-hander tossed three innings against the squad and recorded nine (!) strikeouts. Check them out below.

This is the result of Scherzer’s first inning:

Here’s the second inning:

And finally, here’s the third inning:

The fielders were probably getting bored. But then again, it’s not like they took advantage of the few opportunities they had.

Nicaragua put just three balls in play while Scherzer was on the mound. One was a Cheslor Cuthbert homer, and the other two were booted — one by Mark Vientos and another by Luis Guillorme (yes, that does happen occasionally).

Max Scherzer came out to start the fourth inning, but he exited after walking Cuthbert. He eventually came around to score on a sac fly, which added another earned run to the righty’s tally for the evening.

Talk about a unique way to go about a spring training outing, right?

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