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Max Scherzer | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 211
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (11) / ARZ
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Max Scherzer (finger) is hoping to be game-ready in a couple of weeks.
Scherzer is healing from a stress fracture in his right ring finger but is scheduled for a bullpen session on Saturday. With spring training expanded this year to accommodate the World Baseball Classic, Scherzer should have a chance to be ready by Opening Day. "We do have the extra week this year to pace ourselves, needless to say," said pitching coach Mike Maddux. "So Max, if all goes well, he’ll be maybe a start or two behind the other guys." Scherzer led the National League in wins last season en route to his second Cy Young Award. Feb 23 - 10:05 PM
Source: MASN Sports

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Max Scherzer (finger) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session Saturday in Nationals camp.

Scherzer has been eased into action this spring after battling a stress fracture in his right ring finger down the stretch in 2016. The ace right-hander told reporters last week that he could not commit to being ready for Opening Day, but it definitely hasn't been ruled out. Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Scherzer threw the ball really well during a long toss session on Wednesday.
Feb 23 - 1:35 PM

Max Scherzer (finger) played long toss on Wednesday.

"I was really shocked he was throwing as hard as he was and as well as he did," said manager Dusty Baker of Scherzer's long-toss work. The reigning NL Cy Young winner is working his way back from a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right right finger, diagnosed in January. He has yet to begin throwing off the mound, as he is still experiencing some pain. His availability for Opening Day should clarify over the coming weeks.
Source: MASN Sports
Feb 22 - 4:23 PM

Max Scherzer (finger) played catch with his normal two-fingered fastball grip on Monday.

That's the good news. What's not so great is that he still feels pain in the knuckle at the base of his right ring finger. He won't throw a bullpen session until that pain subsides. "Achy’s a lot better than sharp pain, isn’t it?" said Scherzer. "That’s what the doctor said to me: They expect an achy feeling in there. Those are screaming symptoms of stress fractures. So it’s literally day-by-day with how I feel." Scherzer pitched through the stress fracture last year, but he doesn't want to do it again. It's a waiting game, but there's still plenty of time for him to get his work in before the start of the season.
Feb 21 - 2:46 PM

Max Scherzer (finger) played catch Thursday but would not commit to being ready for Opening Day.

Scherzer dealt with a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger down the stretch last season and is still experiencing some symptoms. It's a concern, but not really a huge one yet. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner is expected to throw his first bullpen session of Nats camp within the next few days.
Feb 16 - 12:46 PM

Max Scherzer is expected to begin throwing bullpen sessions in a matter of days.

Scherzer officially pulled out of the Winter Baseball Classic back in January when he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, but it's not something that should affect his readiness for the 2017 major league season. Scherzer won the National League Cy Young Award in 2016 with a 2.96 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 284/56 K/BB ratio in 228 1/3 innings.
Feb 16 - 11:04 AM

Max Scherzer has pulled out of the World Baseball Classic after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger.

Scherzer actually pitched with the injury for over a month at the end of last season, but it's not considered to be a big deal and he'll be a full participant in spring training. However, the right-hander has decided that pitching for the United States in the WBC isn't worth the potential added risk. Scherzer is the National League's reigning Cy Young winner.
Jan 9 - 4:41 PM

Max Scherzer has been named the winner of the 2016 National League Cy Young Award.

In a dominant showing, Scherzer received 25 of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA. Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks finished second and third for the award honors, respectively. This is Scherzer's second Cy Young. He also won in 2013 while pitching for the Tigers. He earns the 2016 award on the strength of a 20-7 campaign in which he held a 2.96 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and a 284/56 K/BB ratio over 34 starts. Both the WHIP and strikeout numbers represented career bests for Scherzer. He led the NL in wins, innings, strikeouts and WHIP, something that has not been achieved since Sandy Koufax pulled off that feat in 1965. The 32-year-old ace is just the sixth pitcher in MLB history to win Cy Young awards in both the American and National leagues.
Source: BBWAA.com
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 06:28:00 PM

Max Scherzer said Monday that he plans to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

"I've been asked to participate, and I would love to do it," said Scherzer, who will be reunited with his former manager Jim Leyland. Scherzer logged 240 1/3 innings between the regular season and playoffs this year, but he's more willing to participate due to rule changes with the WBC which allows for roster changes between rounds and minimizes the time he'll spend away from the Nationals. Team USA begins WBC play at Marlins Park in Miami on March 9.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 10:01:00 AM

The BBWAA announced on Monday that Max Scherzer, Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester are finalists for the National League Cy Young award.

Hendricks had a league-best 2.13 ERA, but his lack of strikeouts will hurt him, as could him potentially splitting votes with teammate Lester. That could make Scherzer the favorite, and he should be the favorite, anyway, as the clear leader in WAR among NL hurlers.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 06:59:00 PM

Max Scherzer allowed just one run over six-plus innings Thursday in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

Scherzer blanked the Dodgers over the first six innings before Joc Pederson slugged a leadoff homer in the seventh. He was immediately pulled from the game at 99 pitches, which was a little questionable at the time and even more so after the Dodgers stormed ahead in the frame. Scherzer gave up five hits in all while walking two and striking out seven.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 12:56:00 AM

Max Scherzer called his upcoming start in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers the "biggest of [his] career."

"How you handle that, going out there and using the emotion of that scenario that everything's on the line -- look, I'm not going to shy away from it. This is the biggest start of my career," Scherzer said. The 32-year-old right-hander held a 2.96 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 284/56 K/BB ratio across 228 1/3 innings in the regular season. His first postseason start didn't quite play out to form, though, as he coughed up four runs on five hits over six innings while going down in defeat at the hands of the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS. He will have a chance at redemption on Thursday, opposed by veteran hurler Rich Hill.
Source: MLB.com
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 07:10:00 PM

Max Scherzer will start for the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday versus the Dodgers.

As if there was any doubt. Scherzer struggled in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday, yielding four runs over six innings in a loss, but he was one of the best pitchers in baseball throughout the 2016 regular season. The ace right-hander will try to guide Washington to the National League Championship Series in his NLDS Game 5 matchup against Rich Hill.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 09:31:00 PM

Max Scherzer struggled in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday, surrendering four runs on five hits over six innings in a loss to the Dodgers.

Scherzer struck out five on the day without walking a batter. Most of his troubles stemmed from his inability to keep the ball in the yard, with Corey Seager launching a solo home run in the first inning and Justin Turner adding a two-run blast to cap off a three-run rally in the fourth. It's unclear if the Nationals will attempt to bring him back on short rest in a potential Game 4, or hold off for Game 5 if it ends up being necessary.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 09:26:00 PM

Max Scherzer has officially been named as the starter for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Friday.

While the order of his other starters is not set in stone quite yet, it was an easy call for Dusty Baker to go with his ace for the series opener. Scherzer will be opposed by Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in what should be a fun matchup.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 02:45:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
4Spencer Kieboom
5Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
4Emmanuel Burriss
5Grant Green
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Skole
3Brandon Snyder
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
2Michael Taylor
3Brian Goodwin
4Rafael Bautista
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
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PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
7Austin Voth
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Kelley
2Blake Treinen
3Sammy Solis
4Oliver Perez
5Koda Glover
6Trevor Gott
7Enny Romero
8Rafael Martin
9Michael Broadway
10Matt Grace
11Jimmy Cordero
12Austin Adams
13Joe Nathan
14Matt Albers