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Max Scherzer | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (11) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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Max Scherzer was in dominant form in Friday's victory over the Padres, racking up a season-high 13 strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings of one-run ball.
The right-hander scattered three hits and a pair of walks in the contest. The only damage against him came on a solo homer off the bat of Ryan Schimpf in the fourth inning. He made a bit for his first complete game of the season, but he was lifted after hitting Ryan Schimpf to load the bases with two outs in the inning. Scherzer now boasts a 2.77 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 89/18 K/BB ratio across 68 1/3 innings on the season. He'll do battle against the Giants his next time out on Wednesday in San Francisco. May 26 - 9:46 PM

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Max Scherzer gave up three runs and lasted just five innings in a loss to the Braves on Saturday.

He struggled with his pitch efficiency, throwing 106 pitches in the brief outing. He gave up just four hits but two of them left the yard and accounted for all three runs he allowed. Rio Ruiz hit a two-run shot in the second inning and Matt Kemp smacked a solo blast in the fourth. He struck out six and walked three on the evening. It wasn't one of his better outings but Scherzer remains one of the best pitchers in the league. He falls to 4-3 as his ERA rises to 3.02 through nine starts. He is tied for second in the major leagues with 76 strikeouts.
May 20 - 9:32 PM

Max Scherzer racked up eight strikeouts over six innings of work in a no-decision against the Phillies on Sunday.

Scherzer allowed three runs on nine hits in the contest and didn't walk a batter. After three scoreless frames to start the game, the Phillies scratched out two runs in the fourth and tacked on another in the sixth before Scherzer departed. He left in line for his fifth victory, but the Nationals' bullpen was unable to protect his lead. He'll bring a sharp 2.80 ERA and 0.95 WHIP into Saturday's showdown against the Braves in Atlanta.
May 14 - 11:01 PM

Max Scherzer was dynamite Tuesday, striking out 11 while yielding two runs over eight innings but settling for a no-decision in an extra-innings loss to the Orioles.

Scherzer flirted with a no-hitter as it seems like he does about 10 times per season before Seth Smith took him deep with one out in the sixth inning. He also served up a solo shot to Adam Jones in the eighth but hung in there to retire Manny Machado on a foulout to end the eighth on his 113th and final pitch. Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, Enny Romero blew the save and Scherzer's win. Mad Max has now struck out 11 in consecutive outings, rebounding from his only non-quality start of the season. He boasts a 2.59 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 62/13 K/BB ratio over 48 2/3 frames. Scherzer faces the Phillies on Sunday.
May 9 - 11:48 PM

Max Scherzer fanned 11 while yielding one run and two hits in seven innings Thursday in a victory over the Diamondbacks.

It helped the Diamondbacks put out a lineup with three shortstops and two catchers today. Scherzer, though, would have done OK against the 'A' team. He also went 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate. He's now 4-2 with a 2.66 ERA this season.
May 4 - 5:10 PM

Max Scherzer took the loss Friday after yielding a season-high five runs in six innings against the Mets.

Travis d’Arnaud had his number in this one, slugging a two-run homer in the second inning and a three-run shot in the fourth. That was enough to put him on the losing side. Scherzer struck out seven and walked one and now sits at 3-2 with a 2.94 ERA and 40/9 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings across five starts. He’ll try to bounce back next week against the Diamondbacks in another home start.
Apr 28 - 10:52 PM

Max Scherzer earned his third victory of the season on Sunday night, limiting the Mets to three runs on five hits over his eight frames.

The reigning National League Cy Young award winner racked up nine strikeouts on the night while walking only one. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Michael Conforto swatting a leadoff homer and Neil Walker adding a two-run blast in the third. He was in complete command after that though and retired the final 16 hitters he faced. Scherzer now sports a fantastic 1.98 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 33/8 K/BB ratio across 27 1/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Mets again his next time out at home on Friday.
Apr 23 - 10:55 PM

Max Scherzer recorded seven strikeouts across seven shutout frames in Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over the Braves.

Scherzer walked a season-high three batters, but the only hits he allowed were a Freddie Freeman single in the first inning and a Nick Markakis single in the fourth. Nationals manager Dusty Baker appeared ready to pull Scherzer after the sixth, but Mad Max seemed to talk his way into another frame and he put up a 1-2-3 inning, finishing with 116 pitches. The reigning National League Cy Young winner has put up a 1.37 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio over his first 19 2/3 frames. He’ll face the Mets in Queens on Sunday.
Apr 18 - 11:15 PM

Max Scherzer was saddled with a tough luck loss in Wednesday's 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Cardinals, striking out 10 while allowing three runs (one earned) over six innings.

This was Scherzer's 50th career start of double-digit strikeouts. In addition to the 10 whiffs, he walked two and surrendered four hits over his six frames of work. Despite the strong outing, he received no run support to speak of. Stephen Piscotty drove in two of the three runs on his line, knocking him for an RBI double in the first inning and an RBI single in the fifth. Through two starts covering 12 2/3 innings, Scherzer holds an 2.13 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 17/4 K/BB ratio. He will face off with the Braves in a road start next time he toes the rubber.
Apr 12 - 7:31 PM

Max Scherzer was victorious in his season debut against the Phillies on Friday, surrendering two runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.

The reigning National League Cy Young award winner racked up seven strikeouts on the afternoon while walking two. Scherzer threw 98 pitches in the outing and didn't show any ill effects of the injury to his knuckle that sidelined him for part of the spring. He'll get another chance to dominate these Phillies when the two squads do battle in Washington on Friday.
Apr 7 - 6:47 PM

Max Scherzer (finger) will make his season debut Friday against the Phillies.

Had he been healthy this spring, Scherzer surely would have started Opening Day. Instead Stephen Strasburg will toe the rubber Monday against Miami. Strasburg will be followed in the rotation by Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzalez before Scherzer makes his turn Friday at Philadelphia. Scherzer led the NL with 20 wins last year en route to his second Cy Young Award.
Apr 1 - 7:12 PM

Max Scherzer yielded two runs on six hits in five innings of work as the Nationals and Red Sox played to a 4-4 tie in Saturday's exhibition game in Annapolis, Maryland.

He whiffed four batters against one walk. Scherzer wraps up spring training with a 2.45 ERA and 15 punchouts in 14 2/3 innings. He won't be the starter on Opening Day because of delays caused by a stress fracture in his finger early in camp. He figures to be one of the best pitchers in baseball again this year after registering a 20-7 record with a 2.96 ERA and 284 strikeouts in 34 starts last season.
Apr 1 - 6:14 PM

Max Scherzer struck out seven over five innings as the Nationals topped a Mets split-squad 6-0 on Monday.

Scherzer allowed two hits and walked three in an 81-pitch outing. He's all set to take the hill in the Nationals' third game of the regular season despite the late start because of a finger injury.
Mar 27 - 4:50 PM

Max Scherzer pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed two runs Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Scherzer is back using his normal fastball grip without having any issues with the finger in which he suffered a stress fracture. All signs point to him starting the third game of the season for the Nationals.
Mar 22 - 4:05 PM

Max Scherzer (finger) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday.

"We'll take the training wheels off," pitching coach Mike Maddux told reporters Thursday, after watching Scherzer throw 54 pitches over three innings in a minor league game. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner had been experimenting with a three-finger grip designed to alleviate some of the pressure on his fractured right ring finger, but he used his normal two-finger grip on Thursday and felt fine. Scherzer should be ready to start one of the Nationals' first five regular-season games. And he might still be in play for Opening Day.
Mar 16 - 3:56 PM

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