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The Mets’ success out West continued on Wednesday in Los Angeles. With Max Scherzer on the hill to start the game, New York ended up winning 5-3, taking two of three from the Dodgers and improving to 5-1 on their current road trip.

However, Scherzer didn’t have much of an opportunity to contribute. He had a rocky first inning but eventually settled down, retiring the last eight hitters he faced in a row. The right-hander was ejected after three scoreless innings because of a foreign substance on his hand.

As you can imagine, he wasn’t happy about it. Here are seven things to know about the situation, including postgame comments from Scherzer himself and manager Buck Showalter.

Comments from Max Scherzer

Just about everyone was waiting for this Dodger Stadium rubber match to finish so we could hear Scherzer’s postgame comments about what happened. Also, since he was having a passionate conversation with the umpires, people wanted to confirm he was tossed for sticky stuff and not arguing.

It was indeed for a foreign substance, which Max is claiming was just MLB-provided rosin and his sweat:

Coincidentally enough, Max was talking about the impact sweat can have on rosin earlier this week:

Public comment from the umpires

After the case had been pleaded in a public manner from the Mets’ clubhouse, a quote appeared from the umpire room. Here it is from Newsday‘s Tim Healey:

Based on what Max said in the above video, maybe they should’ve taken some time to chat with the MLB official who oversaw Scherzer washing his hands, and reapplying rosin.

No real difference in Scherzer’s spin rate

When there’s a controversy involving the possible usage of sticky stuff, we have the luxury of checking Statcast metrics to see if something is amiss. Based on Scherzer’s spin rates, there was nothing egregious going on.

Comments from Buck Showalter

Obviously, Mets beat reporters had to get a reaction from the manager on what went down, right? Here’s Buck’s response to it all:

Buck Showalter, the king of deflection. That was such a subtle, yet blatant jab, and it was excellent.

Umpire Phil Cuzzi’s ‘sticky stuff’ reputation

Foreign substance inspections have been happening for a while, so it’s not like this is anything new. However, Scherzer’s ejection was just the third that’s ever happened because of it. Can you guess which umpire did the other two foreign substance checks?

Yea, you know who.

A potential lingering effect from this ejection

Scherzer getting ejected after just three innings obviously wasn’t fun. It put an unexpected strain on the bullpen, especially since he was finally in a groove after a tough first inning. Now that the game is over, though, there’s something else New York is likely concerned about.

Jayson Stark of The Athletic wrote a story last month about MLB’s plans on being more strict with foreign substance checks. If a pitcher gets ejected for this now, it comes with an automatic 10-game suspension. Scherzer and the Mets will get an opportunity to plead their case during a hearing, though.

Even if it’s deemed the substance was just rosin, SNY’s Andy Martino notes Scherzer having it on his glove could be a rule violation anyway:

Jimmy Yacabonis is getting a steak dinner

Once Scherzer was sent to the showers, Jimmy Yacabonis was the first reliever out of the Mets’ bullpen. He ultimately earned the win after allowing one run on two hits, one walk, and one strikeout in 2.2 innings.

Max is very appreciative of his fellow hurler picking up the slack and plans on rewarding him accordingly:

Yacabonis at first tried deflecting the praise and reward he’s apparently getting, but then he quickly settled into receiving mode:

Maybe they’ll grab a steak somewhere in the Bay area before the road trip is finished.

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Matt Musico is an editor for ESNY. He’s been writing about baseball and the Mets for the past decade. His work has been featured on numberFire, MetsMerized Online, Bleacher Report, and Yahoo! Sports.