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Max Scherzer | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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 took the loss Friday against the Nationals after giving up five runs over seven innings.
It was a strange outing. Scherzer gave up just three hits, but one of them was a grand slam by Stephen Piscotty in the third inning. He also walked in a run (one of four on the night) before the grand slam. Scherzer retired 14 batters in a row after the grand slam and finished with six strikeouts. Still, issues with the long ball are hurting him. He leads the majors with 15 home runs allowed and owns a 4.05 ERA through 11 starts overall. He’ll look for improvement against the Phillies next week. May 27 - 9:58 PM

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Max Scherzer turned in a strong performance in Sunday's win over the Marlins, allowing two runs on six hits over eight innings.

Scherzer fanned eight and did not walk a batter. A two-run homer by Justin Bour in the seventh inning would be all the scoring the Marlins would manage against the ace right-hander. In 66 1/3 innings (10 starts), Scherzer has pitched to a 3.80 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 84/18 K/BB ratio. The strikeout total is fantastic, of course, though his ERA impresses slightly less. Up next on the schedule, a home start against the Cardinals.
May 22 - 4:36 PM

Max Scherzer held the Mets to two runs, striking out 10, over 6 1/3 innings but took the loss on Tuesday.

Scherzer followed up his 20-strikeout performance with another strong outing, but unfortunately he was up against Noah Syndergaard, who was just a little bit better. Scherzer allowed just three hits and walked three before exiting. Through nine starts, Scherzer is now 4-3 with a 4.01 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 76/18 K/BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings. He'll look for a better result Sunday at the Marlins.
May 17 - 9:51 PM

Max Scherzer tied a major-league record with 20 strikeouts in his complete-game victory over the Tigers on Wednesday.

Sure, Scherzer served up a pair of solo homers, but no one cared about that at the end of the night. He fanned 20 batters and walked no one. He actually had a chance to break the major-league record with two outs in the ninth, but James McCann grounded out to third to end the game. Scherzer now has a whopping 66 strikeouts in just 52 innings this year with a 4.15 ERA. He'll look to extend his good fortune against the Mets next week.
May 11 - 10:03 PM

Max Scherzer served up four home runs and allowed seven runs over five frames in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

A little context is needed, as the wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field on Friday. However, Scherzer giving up taters isn't anything new. The eight home runs he's served up this season are the most in the majors, and that's after he allowed 27 dingers last season. The longball is a major reason why Scherzer's ERA now sits at 4.60. He'll try to get back on track next week against his former team, the Tigers, at home.
May 6 - 5:44 PM

Max Scherzer dominated the Cardinals over seven scoreless innings on Sunday afternoon.

Scherzer yielded just four hits -- all singles -- and zero walks. It was vintage form out of the 31-year-old right-hander, who's had more rough outings than usual in 2016. He now stands 3-1 on the season with a 3.55 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 39/12 K/BB ratio in 38 innings. A road start against the Cubs is next.
May 1 - 7:31 PM

Max Scherzer had a disappointing showing Tuesday, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks over six frames in a loss to the Phillies.

He got a no-decision, as the Nationals rallied to tie things up before Scherzer exited, but it was the righty's third downer of an outing in five tries this month. While he's struck out 30 across 31 innings, Scherzer will finish April with a 4.35 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. He'll try to get back on track this weekend in his hometown of St. Louis.
Apr 26 - 11:23 PM

Max Scherzer was tagged for five runs in five innings by the Marlins in Thursday's loss.

Scherzer entered 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA in three starts, so he's not exactly struggling. Still, it's a little troublesome that he's already given up four homers. Since joining the Nationals, he's surrendered 31 in 261 2/3 innings (one every 8.4 innings), which is more than anyone would have expected. Pitching in the AL, he gave up 36 over 434 2/3 innings (one every 12.1 innings) in his last two seasons with the Tigers.
Apr 21 - 4:28 PM

Max Scherzer fanned seven and only walked one through seven innings of one-run ball in Saturday’s victory over the Phillies.

Scherzer did what you’d expect against the lowly Phillies. He commanded the game, pounding the zone and largely keeping the baseball on the ground, aside from Cameron Rupp’s solo homer in the fifth. The right-hander dropped his ERA to 3.15 and now has 20 strikeouts in 20 innings this year. He remains one of the elite starting pitchers in the National League.
Apr 16 - 9:50 PM

Max Scherzer wasn't super sharp Monday but picked up a win anyway, yielding four runs over six frames in a 6-4 victory over the Braves.

Scherzer gave up a two-run double to A.J. Pierzynski in the first inning and a two-run double to Nick Markakis in the second to give back the lead. However, he settled in after that and the Nats' offense pushed across enough tallies to net the righty his first win of the season. Scherzer will take on the Phillies this weekend in another juicy matchup.
Apr 11 - 10:38 PM

Max Scherzer limited the Braves to two runs over seven frames while whiffing seven batters in Monday's 4-3 extra-innings victory.

The home run ball was a problem in 2015 for Scherzer -- he gave up 27 of them -- and in his first start of 2016 he served up a pair of solo shots. He was terrific other than those two longballs, though, allowing just three hits and two walks on the day. Scherzer will get the Marlins at home next week. He should dominate.
Apr 4 - 8:09 PM

Max Scherzer will pitch in a minor league game on Wednesday.

Scherzer was originally expected to pitch against the Mets, but a change was made because rain is in the forecast. The Nationals want to make sure he gets his work in before the season.
Mar 30 - 9:32 AM

Max Scherzer fanned nine while allowing two unearned runs over five innings Thursday in a defeat of the Cardinals.

Scherzer is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA. He's struck out 17 batters in 13 innings. Opening Day can't come quickly enough.
Mar 24 - 5:10 PM

Max Scherzer allowed one run over four innings and struck out five Sunday against the Cardinals.

Scherzer allowed two hits and walked one. He's given up two runs in eight innings this spring.
Mar 13 - 6:00 PM

The Nationals have named Max Scherzer their Opening Day starter.

"He was my Opening Day before I got here," manager Dusty Baker said. Even with the other talented arms the Nationals possess, this was obviously a foregone conclusion. Scherzer put up a 2.81 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 273/34 K/BB ratio in 227 1/3 innings in his first season in Washington while throwing a pair of no-hitters.
Mar 13 - 10:58 AM

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