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Max Meyer's First 2024 Start Highlights in 7-4 Loss to Angels


Max Meyer is one of several Marlins players in 2024 coming back from a major injury. His last appearance was in 2022, which happened to be only his second start in the MLB. He lasted 2/3 of an inning before feeling a pop in his elbow, which he immediately knew would require Tommy John surgery. Despite the major injury, there's been a ton of hype surrounding the #3 overall draft pick in 2020 considering how young (25) and talented he is. Here are some of his highlights (and lowlight) against Anaheim where he went 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 K, 2 BB, and a No Decision:


Meyer Catches Trout Looking


Striking out one of the best hitters of our generation isn't an easy task, but Meyer certainly made it look easy. In the 1st inning, Max caught Mike Trout staring down a beautiful slider. Everyone, including Trout, knew how dirty that slider was. It was also Meyer's second strikeout in the inning, as he struck-out Nolan Schanuel right before.


The Meyer's Slider Claims Another Victim


Before the season started, Marlins slugger Josh Bell mentioned how impressed he was with Max Meyer's slider, stating it being the best in the MLB. Earlier in the game, Meyer caught Mike Trout looking. Here, he got Anthony Rendon swinging out of his shoes.


Trout Gets His Revenge


Mike Trout got his lick back as the Angels' all time homerun leader smacked a no-doubter to left field. The changeup caught too much of the plate and Trout did to it what he's done over 350 times since joining the league in 2011. Peep Meyer's reaction--he knew it was gone before the ball reached its highest point.


OVERVIEW

Fantastic first start to the year AND first appearance since the devastating injury. Meyer had a similar start as Jesus Luzardo did on Opening Day; 5 innings, few mistakes, plenty of strikes, and gave Miami a chance to win the game by minimizing self-inflicted damage. Unfortunately for Max and the Marlins, the bullpen shit the bed, again. George Soriano continues his terrible start to the year out of the bullpen by immediately giving up back-to-back solo homeruns, and Skip Schumaker (along with Mel Stottlemyre) keeps making the wrong pitching substitutions. The game ended 7-4 as Miami starts the 2024 campaign 0-5, the first time in franchise history.


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