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Max Scherzer | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
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Nationals manager Matt Williams said Sunday that Max Scherzer (thumb) is unlikely to pitch on Tuesday.
Scherzer was unable to throw his scheduled bullpen session on Sunday due to his thumb still being swollen. The Nationals don't believe that he will miss multiple starts or require a stint on the disabled list. Tanner Roark is the most logical candidate to start in his place and makes for a decent streaming option against the Braves in Atlanta. Apr 26 - 4:37 PM

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Max Scherzer (thumb) did not throw a scheduled bullpen session on Sunday.

That's after the 'pen session was pushed back a day from Saturday. Scherzer, who threw off flat ground Sunday instead, is in jeopardy of missing his next scheduled start on Tuesday due to a sore right thumb, although the righty said the thumb is improving and he's not ruling himself out yet. "I can't say that," Scherzer said when asked if he'll start Tuesday. "Because I'm literally day-to-day." Tanner Roark would be the obvious candidate for a spot start in Scherzer's place.
Apr 26 - 11:20 AM

Max Scherzer (thumb) had his scheduled bullpen session pushed back until Sunday.

He is still dealing with swelling in his thumb. If he is unable to throw Sunday, his scheduled start on Tuesday could be in question.
Apr 25 - 2:30 PM

Max Scherzer (thumb) is expected to make his next start on Tuesday against the Braves in Atlanta.

Scherzer jammed his thumb on a swing during Thursday's loss to the Cardinals which caused him to leave after seven innings. While he's 1-2 on the season, the 30-year-old has posted a stellar 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 28 2/3 innings with the Nationals.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Apr 25 - 9:40 AM

Max Scherzer jammed his thumb on a swing during Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.

The right-hander pitched two more innings after the incident and said the injury "shouldn’t be too serious." Scherzer is fully expected to take his next turn on Tuesday in Atlanta, but he probably won't officially be cleared until he gets through his between-starts bullpen session with no issues.
Apr 24 - 9:49 AM

Max Scherzer pitched well on Thursday, but wound up with the loss after allowing two runs to the Cardinals in seven innings.

Scherzer was narrowly outdueled by Michael Wacha. The Nats' right-hander hurt his own cause in the first inning when a wild pitch helped bring in the Cardinals' first run. The Cardinals grabbed their second run off of Scherzer in the sixth on a Matt Adams RBI single. Overall, Scherzer yielded six hits, walked none, and struck out four. Despite a 1-2 record, Scherzer has been fantastic in his first four starts, boasting a 1.26 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP, and a 29/4 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He'll toe the slab in Atlanta against the Braves next.
Apr 23 - 6:42 PM

Max Scherzer dominated the Phillies on Friday, allowing just one run over eight innings in a 7-2 victory.

Scherzer cruised for the most part, giving up just four hits to go along with nine strikeouts and no walks. The only run scored on a ground out from Freddy Galvis in the third. The high-priced right-hander has been as advertised thus far, putting up a 0.83 ERA and 25/4 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings across his first three starts with the Nationals. He's a no-doubt fantasy ace.
Apr 17 - 10:12 PM

Max Scherzer needed 102 pitches to get through six innings against the Phillies on Sunday, but he gave up only one run over six innings in the Nationals' 10-inning 4-3 win.

The Phillies are running a mostly punchless lineup out on a regular basis, but they managed to force Scherzer into throwing a lot of pitches. The only damage done came on a Cody Asche RBI single in the fifth inning. Scherzer yielded six hits and two walks while fanning eight on the afternoon. He'll have the luxury of facing the Phillies again on Friday at home in his next start.
Apr 12 - 5:14 PM

Max Scherzer struck out eight and allowed three runs -- zero earned -- over 7 2/3 innings in Monday's loss to the Mets.

Scherzer's defense -- more specifically, Ian Desmond's defense -- let him down in this one. Desmond called off Dan Uggla on an infield pop-up and then let the ball drop with two outs in the sixth inning and Lucas Duda then delivered a two-RBI single (which was the Mets' first hit of the game). The shortstop then made a poor throw to first base in the seventh to allow Juan Lagares to reach and Travis d'Arnaud then drove him in. Scherzer yielded just four hits and two walks on the day, as he was terrific even though he was saddled with a loss. He'll get the Phillies on the road this weekend.
Apr 6 - 7:26 PM

Max Scherzer pitched six scoreless innings with a Grapefruit League-high nine strikeouts Wednesday against the Cardinals.

It's too bad for Scherzer that Opening Day isn't here already. He's been sharp right since the start of the spring, with an obscene 23/1 K/BB ratio in 20 innings.
Mar 25 - 5:59 PM

Max Scherzer has been named the Nationals' Opening Day starter.

Stephen Strasburg had been given the Nats' last three Opening Day nods, but Scherzer will get it this year after signing a $210 million free agent contract with the club in January. Scherzer boasts a 1.93 ERA and 14/0 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this spring. He should be one of the very best fantasy starters in 2015.
Mar 23 - 11:33 AM

Max Scherzer struck out six while allowing one run over five innings Friday in a defeat of the Astros.

Scherzer walked none. He has a 1.93 ERA and a 14/0 K/BB ratio through 14 innings this spring.
Mar 20 - 4:32 PM

Max Scherzer held the Astros to one hit over four scoreless innings on Sunday.

Scherzer struck out three and walked one. His first spring in D.C. is proceeding smoothly, with a 2.00 ERA and an 8/1 K/BB ratio in nine innings.
Mar 15 - 4:26 PM

Max Scherzer will start the Nationals' Grapefruit League opener Thursday against the Mets.

Scherzer, who signed a seven-year, $210 million contract with Washington over the winter, is expected to throw two innings in his first outing with his new club. He's expected to be followed by Tanner Roark, who currently projects to pitch out of the bullpen this season.
Mar 3 - 1:32 PM

Nationals signed RHP Max Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million contract.

The signing was originally reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on Monday. Half of Scherzer's $210 million is deferred through 2028, making the present-day value of the contract slightly less than the total value. Scherzer is 39-8 with a 3.02 ERA and a 492/119 K/BB ratio over 434 2/3 innings in the last two seasons. Now in the National League, and more specifically the NL East, Scherzer should continue being an extremely valuable fantasy asset in 2015. Meanwhile, the Nationals will arguably have the most fearsome starting rotation in baseball as presently constructed.
Jan 21 - 2:03 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Yunel Escobar
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Aaron Barrett
3Craig Stammen
4Matt Thornton
5Casey Janssen
6Tanner Roark
7Blake Treinen
8Rafael Martin
9Felipe Rivero
10Erik Davis