Mets bullpen benefited most from Max Scherzer's start on Tuesday

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Mets Trevor May throwing blue jersey Giants
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Doubleheaders are never easy, and often taxing on a team’s bullpen.

But Max Scherzer made any possible fallout a lot easier for the Mets Tuesday night while pitching seven innings of one-run ball and striking out 10 in the process. Not only did Scherzer help the Mets to a 3-1 Game 2 win in their doubleheader with the Giants, he helped set up the team for the rest of the week.

“I knew coming into this game we only had a couple of guys down in the 'pen so I really needed to get as deep as possible into the game for us to win,” Scherzer said.

The Mets went through four relievers in Game 1 to complete the 5-4 comeback win in extra innings. With the team not having a day off until next Thursday, the 37-year-old knew his performance on Tuesday night could go a long way towards the team’s success in this early season.

And after throwing 102 pitches -- the most of any pitcher in the majors so far this year -- he said he wasn't concerned about the pitch count even after a shortened spring training and a hamstring injury earlier this season. His focus was on giving the other arms a break.

“I was trying to control my pitch count tonight so I can pitch as deep as possible because of the doubleheader,” Scherzer explained. “The deeper I can go it saves bullpen arms. It doesn’t just save today, but it also shows up for the next three or four days. So my job was to pitch as many innings as possible.

“For me I had seven innings circled. That was my mark I really wanted to hit and I was able to get that tonight.”

Manager Buck Showalter used just two relievers to complete Scherzer’s win, and the Mets are now positioned to go into Wednesday’s matchup with a bullpen that is much better off than the Giants, who had to use 10 in the double dip.

Going into the year, the top of the Mets’ rotation was supposed to be their strength and the way Scherzer saved the team’s bullpen on a long, cold day in Queens shows just why.