​The 2018 MLB All-Star Game is underway, and hometown starter Max Scherzer started the game off with a bang by striking out Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve back to back.

Scherzer, as noted, is starting for the National League in the home park of the Washington Nationals. ​Scherzer has been typically filthy for the Nationals in 2018, going 12-5 with a 2.41 ERA. In 134.2 innings of work, he has struck out 182 batters while only walking 34, good for a ridiculous 0.90 WHIP.

Betts and Altuve have both been candidates for the Most Valuable Player award in the American League with their performances thus far in 2018.

Betts is considered as one of the front-runners for the AL MVP in 2018, as his numbers look like something from MLB The Show. Despite missing some brief time due to injury, Betts is still hitting .359 with ​23 home runs, 51 RBI, and 18 stolen bases.

One year removed from winning an MVP trophy of his own, Altuve is doing more of the same in 2018. He has hit .332 with 44 RBI, 14 stolen bases, and an .865 OPS in 99 games this year.

Betts and Altuve were very deserving of their All-Star appearances, but Scherzer did not do them any favors once the game started.