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Max Scherzer | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (11) / ARZ
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The BBWAA announced Wednesday that Max Scherzer was named the National League Cy Young Award winner.
Scherzer received 27 first-place votes, with Kershaw receiving the other three. Stephen Strasburg finished third. It hasn't been long since we had someone win back-to-back Cy Youngs in the NL as Kershaw did it in 2012-13, but it doesn't make the feat any less impressive. The Washington ace was exceptional again in 2017, registering a 2.51 ERA and leading the NL with 268 strikeouts. Nov 15 - 6:52 PM
Source: BBWAA.com

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Max Scherzer was named the Outstanding Pitcher of the National League in the MLB Players Choice Awards on Wednesday.

Scherzer takes home the honor over Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. It could be a sign of things to come for Scherzer's NL Cy Young Award chances. The Washington right-hander lead the NL in strikeouts with 268, and he had a 2.51 ERA in just under 201 innings pitched.
Nov 8 - 8:24 PM

Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw and Stephen Strasburg are the three finalists for the BBWAA's 2017 National League Cy Young award.

The voting for this one figures to be awfully close. Scherzer is going for his second Cy Young in a row after posting a 2.51 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 268/55 K/BB ratio over 200 2/3 innings for the NL East-winning Nationals.
Nov 6 - 6:55 PM

Max Scherzer took the loss in relief against the Cubs after giving up four runs -- two earned -- in the fifth inning Thursday.

Scherzer retired Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo to begin the inning. Things got very, very weird after that. The rundown: an infield single, a bloop single, a double past a slow-to-react Anthony Rendon at third, an intentional walk to the ice-cold Jason Heyward, a strikeout/passed ball that should have been dead because Javier Baez's followthrough hit Matt Wieters as the ball was going to the backstop, catcher interference and a HBP. According to MLB rules, the inning should have been over when Wieters was hit, meaning only two runs would have scored, rather than four.
Oct 13 - 12:57 AM

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo confirmed Wednesday that Max Scherzer will be available out of the bullpen in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs.

Rizzo said it's "all hands on deck" with the Nationals facing elimination in this best-of-five series. Scherzer was going to be available for an inning of relief Tuesday before that game got rained out, so he might be able to go two or three innings on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Stephen Strasburg (flu) is starting in place of Tanner Roark, who will also be ready in the bullpen.
Oct 11 - 1:57 PM

Max Scherzer will be available out of the Nationals' bullpen in Wednesday's postponed NLDS Game 4 versus the Cubs.

Stephen Strasburg will be unavailable due to an apparent illness, but he's lined up to start Game 5 if the National League Division Series makes it that far. Scherzer carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Monday's Game 3 loss to Chicago, showing no ill effects from his late-September hamstring strain. He'll probably be limited to one or two innings of relief in Wednesday's Game 4, which will be started by Tanner Roark.
Oct 10 - 8:16 PM

Max Scherzer told Nationals manager Dusty Baker that he'd be ready to pitch in a potential Game 5 of the NLDS against the Cubs.

The Nationals still have to get through Game 4 first, but it will essentially be all hands on deck if the season comes down to a deciding fifth game. Scherzer recently had a scare with his hamstring, but he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his Game 3 start on Monday and ended up being charged with one run in 6 1/3 innings.
Oct 10 - 3:33 PM

Max Scherzer showed no ill effects from his hamstring injury Monday, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning and ultimately being charged with one run over 6 1/3 frames in a no-decision versus the Cubs.

A Ben Zobrist double with one out in the seventh broke up the no-no. Since Scherzer was coming off an injury and his pitch count was up to 98, Nationals manager Dusty Baker decided that was enough. It looked like the wrong move in hindsight after Sammy Solis gave up consecutive hits, with the first one knotting up the game. Scherzer walked three batters on the day while striking out seven. It’s safe to say that his hamstring is a non-issue at this point and he’ll be ready for his next postseason turn (if there is one).
Oct 9 - 7:46 PM

Max Scherzer (hamstring) said Sunday that he expects to be able to throw 100 pitches in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday.

Scherzer made it through Sunday's throwing session without issue and appears to be ready to go for Monday's pivotal Game 3 against the Cubs in Chicago.
Oct 8 - 4:10 PM

Nationals' manager Dusty Baker said Saturday that Max Scherzer's (hamstring) bullpen session went well on Friday.

The issue that remains, is how deep the right-hander will be able to go in Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cubs. If the Nationals can't squeak out a win against the Cubs on Saturday afternoon, Scherzer would be pitching for his club's playoff life on Monday at Wrigley.
Oct 7 - 2:03 PM

Max Scherzer (hamstring) will be held out until Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cubs.

Scherzer tweaked his right hamstring in his final regular-season start, so the Nationals will reluctantly give him some extra rest in this best-of-five Division Series matchup versus the defending World Series champions. Stephen Strasburg is handling Game 1 and Gio Gonzalez will take Game 2.
Oct 5 - 12:20 PM

Max Scherzer (hamstring) did not throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

Gio Gonzalez did throw in the bullpen on Thursday, which is a strong indication that he will be the Nationals' starter for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs. Scherzer, who left his final regular-season outing with a tweaked hamstring muscle, figures to handle Game 3. Stephen Strasburg has already been announced as the starter for Game 1.
Oct 5 - 12:08 PM

Max Scherzer (hamstring) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday.

If it goes well, there's a chance Scherzer could start Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs. The safer move would be to push him back to Game 3 to allow his hamstring more time to heal, but that would rule him out for a potential loser-goes-home Game 5. Stephen Strasburg is starting Game 1 versus Chicago. Gio Gonzalez's schedule is dependent on Scherzer's health.
Oct 5 - 11:19 AM

Max Scherzer (hamstring) did not throw a bullpen session during Wednesday's team workout.

Scherzer did have a high-intensity flat-ground throwing session, but the lack of mound work offers a clear indication that the ace right-hander will be held out until Game 3 of the Nationals' NLDS matchup against the Cubs. Stephen Strasburg figures to start Game 1, with Gio Gonzalez handling Game 2. Scherzer tweaked his right hamstring during his final regular-season start on September 30.
Oct 4 - 12:53 PM

Sources tell Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that Max Scherzer (hamstring) is targeting Game 3 of the NLDS for his first postseason start.

Scherzer tweaked his right hamstring during his final regular-season start on September 30. He's scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, after which the Nationals will officially reveal their NLDS rotation. Stephen Strasburg is lined up to start Game 1 against the Cubs, with Gio Gonzalez possibly handling Game 2.
Oct 3 - 4:22 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
3Raudy Read
4Pedro Severino
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Kelvin Gutierrez
LF1Adam Eaton
2Howie Kendrick
3Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Victor Robles
4Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
2Alejandro De Aza
3Rafael Bautista
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Edwin Jackson
6A.J. Cole
7Erick Fedde
8Joe Ross
9Jefry Rodriguez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Brandon Kintzler
3Ryan Madson
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Matt Albers
7Oliver Perez
8Enny Romero
9Matt Grace
10Joe Blanton
11Sammy Solis
12Austin Adams
13Wander Suero