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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
Contract: view contract details

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Max Scherzer gave up two runs over 8 1/3 innings in a complete-game loss against the Braves on Thursday.
The game was tied 1-1 until Scherzer gave up a walk-off single to Cameron Maybin in the bottom of the ninth. While he took the loss, it was still a heck of an outing. Scherzer allowed a total of five hits and no walks while striking out nine batters. He now has a 42/1 K/BB ratio over his last four starts and has gone the distance in three of them. Quite a run for someone who had one complete game over his first 210 starts in the majors. Jul 2 - 10:11 PM

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In his first start since his no-hitter, Max Scherzer allowed two runs over eight innings in a 5-2 win over the Phillies on Friday.

It was his 100th career victory. Early on, it looked like Scherzer had a chance at pulling a Johnny Vander Meer with back-to-back no-hitters, but he gave up a double to Freddy Galvis with one out in the sixth inning for his first baserunner of the night. Domonic Brown had an RBI double one inning later before Ben Revere added a solo homer in the eighth. Still, it was another excellent outing from Scherzer, who allowed five hits in all while walking none and striking out seven. He's now 9-5 on the year to go along with a 1.79 ERA. He'll try to keep his dominant run going when he faces the Braves next week on the road.
Jun 26 - 10:10 PM

Max Scherzer threw the first no-hitter of his career on Saturday afternoon against the Pirates.

Scherzer was one out away from a perfect game when he hit Jose Tabata on the elbow with an inside pitch. But he then got Josh Harrison to fly out to deep left field to preserve the no-no. Scherzer struck out 10 over his nine walkless, hitless frames. And he was just as dominant -- if not more so -- last Sunday against the Brewers. The $210 million man has a ridiculous 1.76 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 123/14 K/BB ratio in his first 102 1/3 innings with Washington.
Jun 20 - 6:31 PM

Max Scherzer flirted with a perfect game in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Brewers, striking out 16 and allowing just one hit in a complete game effort.

Scherzer was simply fantastic in an outing that ranks up there with the best in the majors this season. It took until the start of the seventh inning for the Brew Crew to pick up their first hit (a Carlos Gomez single), and that would be their only hit of the game. Scherzer struck out 16 and walked just one over his nine innings of brilliance. The crown jewel of free agent acquisitions, he has pitched exactly to advertisement for the Nationals and holds a 1.93 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 113/14 K/BB ratio over 93 1/3 innings. Up next on the schedule, a Friday home start against the Pirates.
Jun 14 - 5:17 PM

Max Scherzer faltered late, taking the loss after giving up four runs in 6 2/3 innings of work as the Nationals fell 6-1 to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Scherzer, through six innings, had made only one mistake, resulting in a solo home run to Stephen Drew. In the seventh, the Yankees hit a pair of one-out singles, then scored a two-out run on an Ian Desmond throwing error. Matt Thornton then came in and allowed all of Scherzer's runners to score plus one of his own. All told, Scherzer gave up eight hits, walked one, and struck out seven. He'll bring a 2.13 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP, and a 97/13 K/BB ratio over 84 1/3 innings into a start in Milwaukee against the Brewers.
Jun 9 - 10:12 PM

Max Scherzer was on the hook for four runs in six innings, taking the loss Tuesday as the Nationals fell to the Blue Jays 7-3.

All four runs came on two home runs hit by Kevin Pillar: a solo homer in the second, and a three-run blast in the sixth. They were two of six hits Scherzer allowed along with two walks and five strikeouts. It was the first time in five starts Scherzer had allowed more than one run. He carries a fantastic 1.85 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP and a 90/12 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings. Scherzer will try again for his seventh win at home versus the Cubs in his next outing.
Jun 2 - 10:30 PM

Max Scherzer pitched seven shutout innings and struck out 13 as the Nationals beat the Cubs 3-0 on Wednesday.

It's Scherzer's fifth career start with at least 13 strikeouts and first with the Nationals. He's won five straight starts since opening the season 1-3, and he has a 1.51 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP overall. He might have enough of a head start on Clayton Kershaw to qualify as the NL Cy Young favorite, though we'd still take Kershaw for the rest of the season.
May 27 - 11:24 PM

Max Scherzer fired eight innings of one-run ball against the Phillies on Friday, picking up his fifth victory of the season.

The All-Star right-hander allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out six. He has been everything that the Nationals had hoped for when inking him to his massive free agent deal this winter, posting a 1.67 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 72/9 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings. He'll look to keep things rolling on Wednesday when he does battle against the Cubs in Chicago.
May 22 - 10:00 PM

Max Scherzer struck out 11 batters over seven shutout innings Saturday in the Nationals' 4-1 defeat of the Padres.

It was a dominant performance from Scherzer, who gave up only four hits and two walks over his seven impressive frames. He's now 4-3 on the season with a fantastic 1.75 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 66/8 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings. That seven-year, $210 million pact is looking warranted so far. A date with the Phillies is next.
May 16 - 11:41 PM

Max Scherzer evened out his record at 3-3 with a win over the Diamondbacks on Monday after allowing one run in seven innings as the Nationals won 11-1.

The Nationals gave Scherzer plenty of run support, scoring four times in the first inning and six times in the second. The hard-throwing right-hander gave up his only run in the sixth inning, when Jordan Pacheco hit a solo home run out to left field. It was one of five hits he surrendered along with one walk and six strikeouts. Scherzer lowered his ERA to 1.99 with a 0.93 WHIP and a 55/6 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings. He'll face the Padres at Petco Park next.
May 12 - 12:34 AM

Max Scherzer yielded 10 hits and five runs but struck out 10 and picked up the victory in Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Marlins.

Nationals manager Matt Williams probably left Scherzer in the game too long, as the righty was allowed to start the eighth with a 7-2 lead even though he'd already topped 100 pitches. He didn't record an out in the frame, permitted a couple singles before serving up a homer to Giancarlo Stanton. It was still a pretty good day overall for Scherzer, as he picked up a win and improved his K/BB ratio to 49/5 over 42 2/3 innings. He'll get the Diamondbacks next.
May 6 - 4:07 PM

Max Scherzer was handed a tough-luck loss Friday against the Mets after allowing just one run over seven innings while striking out 10 batters.

The 10 strikeouts were a season-high. His lone mistake was a solo homer by Michael Cuddyer in the bottom of the fourth inning. But he didn't get any help from his offense on this night, so it was enough to put him on the losing side. Oddly, he's now 1-3 through five starts despite a 1.26 ERA. He'll hope for better luck against the Marlins next week.
May 1 - 9:54 PM

Max Scherzer (thumb) has been confirmed as the Nationals' starter for Friday's game against the Mets.

Scherzer missed his scheduled turn in the rotation Tuesday against the Braves after jamming his thumb during at-bat last Thursday versus the Cardinals. It should not be a lingering issue. The $210 million right-hander boasts a sensational 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio in his first 28 2/3 innings with Washington.
Apr 29 - 5:33 PM

Max Scherzer (thumb) is expected to start on Friday against the Mets.

Scherzer has been cleared to rejoin the rotation after throwing a bullpen session without issue on Tuesday and Nationals manager Matt Williams said he would "look at Friday" for the righty's next start. It's possible they'll end up going with Gio Gonzalez on regular rest Friday and wait until Saturday to throw Scherzer, but Friday appears to be the likelier day for the former Cy Young winner. The ace boasts a 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 28 2/3 innings with the Nats.
Apr 29 - 11:45 AM

Max Scherzer (thumb) was able to throw off a mound Tuesday without issue.

Scherzer had to be scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night against the Braves after injuring his thumb during an at-bat last Thursday, but he expects to return to the Nationals' starting rotation later this week. The $210 million right-hander owns a 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 28 2/3 innings with Washington.
Apr 28 - 4:12 PM

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