LEADER OF: Scherzer at home in St. Louis, Houck ud

A look at what’s happening around the big ones today:

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MAX FACTOR

Mets ace Max Scherzer strikes back in his hometown and starts a series of three games at St. Louis. Louis.

Scherzer is trying to become the first winner of four games in the majors. In his first season with New York since signing a $ 130 million three-year contract, he is 3-0 with an ERA of 2.50, 12 strikeouts and once in 11 innings.

Scherzer is 3-2 with a 2.04 ERA in six career starts at Busch Stadium, where he hit 59 in 39 2/3 innings.

In their first year under manager Buck Showalter, the Mets have opened the season by winning five series in a row, matching a franchise record set in 2018.

Miles Mikolas (1-0, 1.76) starts for the Cardinals.

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Red Sox right-handed player Tanner Houck will miss his turn in the rotation when Boston plays in Toronto. Houck is unvaccinated and is not allowed to enter Canada.

Houck was used in relief Sunday and eliminated five strokes in a row in a 5-2 loss in Tampa Bay.

Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 3.86 ERA) starts the opening of the four-game set against José Berríos (1-0, 6.35) and the Blue Jays.

PIT STOP

Joc Pederson and the San Francisco Giants (11-5) are 7-3 on a road trip in four cities, ending with a game in Milwaukee – a matchup between 2021 division champions. The teams will play the other two matches in the rescheduled series in a doubles header on September 8th.

NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes (1-0, 2.37 ERA) starts for the Brewers (10-6), who return home from Philadelphia for a day before heading back on the road to Pittsburgh.

CHECK HIM

Cleveland Guardians will see how breakout rookie Steven Kwan feels, a day after he was pulled from a fight due to tightness in his right thigh.

Manager Terry Francona said Kwan’s removal from a 10-2 loss at Yankee Stadium was “in a way preventative” and that the outfielder was day to day.

Kwan felt cramps in his hind thigh after flying out in the third inning. The 24-year-old Kwan crashed into the outfield wall in pursuit of a ball on Saturday and was shaken, but he remained in the game. Francona said before Sunday’s match that Kwan was “slightly beaten” but good enough to play.

The 5-foot-9 spark plug hits .341 with a .456 on-base percentage in the first 14 games of his career.

Guardians ace Shane Bieber (1-0, 2.25) opens a four-game series in the Los Angeles Angels against Michael Lorenzen (1-1, 4.82).

GUTTER

Colorado’s Kyle Freeland is looking for his first win since agreeing to a $ 64.5 million five-year contract, which takes into account a series opener in Philadelphia.

Freeland is 0-2 with an ERA of 7.71 in three starts. Kyle Gibson (1-1, 3.57) starts for the Phillies.

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