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Max Scherzer | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 211
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (11) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details
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Max Scherzer flirted with a no-hitter again on Tuesday, ultimately allowing three hits, a walk and two runs with 11 strikeouts over eight frames in a 3-2 win over the Phillies.
The Phillies didn't collect their first hit until Freddy Galvis led off the sixth inning with a double. Ryan Howard then broke up the shutout with a two-run homer in the seventh. Still, that doesn't diminish what was another dominant outing from Scherzer, who now has a whopping 12 double-digit strikeout games this season and a league-leading total of 238 Ks. He has a juicy two-start week next week against the Braves and Phillies. Aug 30 - 10:27 PM

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Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters over eight scoreless innings as the Nationals blanked the Orioles 4-0 on Thursday.

Scherzer gave up just two hits on the night without walking a batter. It was the 11th time in 27 starts that he's registered double-digit strikeouts this year. The right-hander is now 14-7 with a 2.92 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 227/44 K/BB ratio overall. An attractive date with the Phillies is on tap for Tuesday.
Aug 25 - 10:50 PM

Max Scherzer was charged with four runs in 6 1/3 innings but still earned a win, striking out six and walking three as the Nationals beat the Braves 11-9 on Saturday.

He gave up three runs in the second inning. He was relieved in the seventh inning with a runner on base that later came around to score on a Blake Treinen wild pitch. It was not one of Scherzer's best outings but he got the win nonetheless as the Nationals' offense erupted for 11 runs. Scherzer helped himself in that regard, going 2-for-4 at the plate while driving in two runs and scoring another. He now has a 13-7 record with a 3.05 ERA and continues to lead the majors with 217 strikeouts in 174 innings.
Aug 20 - 11:34 PM

Max Scherzer struggled through four innings Monday, allowing four runs and seven hits in a no-decision against the Rockies.

It's Scherzer's shortest start in almost exactly a year; he gave up six runs in three innings Aug. 14, 2015 against the Giants. In his previous 24 starts this year, he had gone at least six innings 22 times and five innings the other two outings. Fortunately, the Nationals pen picked him up tonight in what turned out to be a 5-4 win.
Aug 16 - 12:29 AM

Max Scherzer struck out 10 while yielding just two runs -- one earned -- over seven frames but took a loss against the Indians on Tuesday.

Scherzer again flirted with a no-hitter, as Francisco Lindor broke it up with a one-out single in the seventh inning. The Tribe wound up with two additional hits and two runs in the frame, with one of the runs being unearned due to Scherzer's own error. It's the eighth time since the beginning of last season that Scherzer has gone five-plus no-hit innings. He's completed two of those no-nos, of course. Scherzer faces the Rockies at Coors the next time out.
Aug 9 - 10:29 PM

Max Scherzer had the strikeout working in Wednesday's 8-3 win over the Diamondbacks, fanning 11 while allowing three runs over eight innings.

Scherzer improved to 12-6 with the win. The loudest blemishes on his line came via a pair of solo home runs by Jake Lamb and Yasmany Tomas in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively. He finished his eight innings of work having thrown 103 pitches (68 strikes). The ace right-hander will carry a 2.87 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 198/38 K/BB ratio (156 2/3 innings) into a home showdown with the Indians next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 3 - 8:32 PM

Max Scherzer held the Giants to one run in seven innings as the Nationals won 4-1 on Friday.

He fanned six while walking two and giving up five base hits. He jumped over Jose Fernandez to retake the major league lead with 187 strikeouts in 148 2/3 innings. Scherzer is now 11-6 with a 2.85 ERA. Next on the docket is a Tuesday start in Arizona.
Jul 30 - 2:06 AM

Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters without walking anybody and held the Padres to two runs in seven innings, but had to settle for a no-decision as the Nationals beat the Padres 3-2 on Saturday.

The only damage was a two-run homer by Ryan Schimpf in the second inning. Scherzer leads the majors with 181 strikeouts and has walked only 35 in 141 2/3 innings. He has a stellar 2.92 ERA. The only thing keeping him from being a fantasy monster is his relatively modest 10-6 record.
Jul 23 - 10:55 PM

Max Scherzer pitched well in taking a no-decision against the Pirates on Sunday, allowing one run on six hits over seven innings.

Scherzer struck out seven and walked one on the afternoon. The only run to score on his watch came home courtesy of a Starling Marte RBI double in the sixth inning. That would remain the only run to score -- by either team -- until Daniel Murphy came through with a clutch pinch-hit solo homer in the ninth to take Scherzer off the hook for the would-be loss. The ace right-hander will take his 2.94 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 171/35 K/BB ratio out to San Diego for a date with the Padres next time he toes the rubber.
Jul 17 - 7:26 PM

Max Scherzer was on top of his game on Saturday, striking out nine batters while surrendering only one unearned run in seven innings to defeat the Mets 6-1.

He held the Mets to three hits and two walks in the dominant outing. His record improves to 10-6 with a 3.03 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. His 164 strikeouts lead the major leagues.
Jul 9 - 11:01 PM

Max Scherzer allowed one run over six innings Monday in the Nationals' loss to the Brewers.

That one run came on a Martin Maldonado solo shot in the top of the fifth. Scherzer was otherwise sharp, yielding only four hits while striking out seven, but he got zero support from the Washington offense in the July 4 loss at Nationals Park. Scherzer will carry a 9-6 record, 3.21 ERA, and 0.97 WHIP into his next start at home against the Mets.
Jul 4 - 2:11 PM

Max Scherzer tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings at the Mets on Wednesday, striking out ten batters, walking one and allowing only two base his.

Scherzer was dominant against the Mets' weak offense, lowering his ERA to 3.30 and his WHIP to 0.96 on the season. He leads the majors with 148 strikeouts in 114 2/3 innings. Now 9-5, Scherzer will next face the Brewers and Mets in a two start week beginning on Independence Day at 11:05 AM. Set your lineups early.
Jun 29 - 10:56 PM

Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters Friday against the Brewers, but he took the loss after giving up five runs over six innings.

The Nationals grabbed the lead in the third inning, but Scherzer’s issue with the home run ball reared its ugly head yet again, as he gave up a solo homer to Keon Broxton to tie the game in the fifth inning before Kirk Nieuwenhuis added a go-ahead two-run blast in the sixth. Scherzer has reached double-digits in strikeouts in four out of the last five games and ranks second in the majors with 138 strikeouts overall, but he also leads the majors with 20 homers allowed. He’ll bring a 3.52 ERA into a start against the second-place Mets next week.
Jun 24 - 11:46 PM

Max Scherzer struck out 10 Padres batters in six innings and gave up only one run on four hits but was forced to settle for a no-decision on Saturday.

Scherzer's record holds at 8-4 with a 3.29 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. His 11.42 K/9 ranks third in the majors. Scherzer has been bitten by the longball frequently this year and that trend continued today. The one run he allowed came on a Wil Myers solo homer. Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in baseball and it wouldn't be a surprise if he worked his way into Cy Young contention for the first place Nationals before the end of the season.
Jun 19 - 1:50 AM

Max Scherzer was dominant again Monday, recording 11 strikeouts over seven frames of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over the Cubs.

Scherzer retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced via the strikeout and held a perfect game until Addison Russell homered with one out in the sixth inning. The right-hander wound up allowing only two hits on the night and didn't walk a batter. Scherzer has now recorded double-digit strikeouts in four of his last seven outings and has whiffed 118 over 95 1/3 innings on the season. He'll go up against the Padres on the road this weekend.
Jun 13 - 10:27 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Trea Turner
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Ben Revere
2Michael Taylor
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
6A.J. Cole
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Shawn Kelley
3Blake Treinen
4Oliver Perez
5Sammy Solis
6Marc Rzepczynski
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Matt Belisle
9Koda Glover
10Aaron Barrett