Ever wonder what it takes to be an elite starting pitcher? There's much more to it than just showing up on the mound every fifth today, firing 95-plus MPH fastballs into the zone.
A new photo of Max Scherzer following his Game 1 start in Houston gives us a glimpse at the routines of the sport's best starters.
Scherzer, who threw five innings of two-run ball in the Nationals' Game 1 win over the Astros in the World Series on Tuesday night, was spotted doing his usual post-start run in the streets of Houston on Wednesday afternoon.
The 35-year-old starting pitcher, who's coming off another Cy Young-caliber regular season, runs several miles the day after his starts.
Few MLB starters put in as much work on a day-to-day basis as Scherzer.
"This how this guy prepares his body for 220-plus innings, 115-plus pitches, and 7-plus months of baseball. He works. He lifts, he runs, he runs, and he runs some more," Dan Kolko, who covers the Nationals for MASN, tweeted.
The Nationals and the Astros are a couple of hours away from Game 2. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. E.T. on FOX.
Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander will be on the bump, respectively, for their two teams.