In retrospect, it seems obvious. Of course, this is what would happen. Mad Max is gonna do what Mad Max does.
After a 6-2 win in Game 1 of the doubleheader, the Nationals were looking for a sweep to get back to three games under .500.
So you do what you always do: Give Max the ball.
“Trust me, this thing looks a lot worse than it actually is,” Scherzer said. “You take the ball every fifth time, that's my responsibility to the team.”
“I wanted to pitch,” he added. “I didn’t feel any.... it doesn't feel great, but I wanted to pitch.”
“It really is one of the most impressive things I’ve seen in a while,” Brian Dozier said. “He’s probably the best pitcher of our generation, and you don’t get that status unless you take the ball every fifth day — no matter if you’re doing good, doing bad, you have a broken nose. You always want the ball.”
Was there ever any doubt?