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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 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

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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

Max Scherzer opened up his spring with two scoreless innings Thursday in the Nationals' 9-4 win over the Mets.

Scherzer had some ugly springs earlier in his career with the Tigers, but these last three years, he's annually been one of of the top pitchers in Florida. It doesn't seem like that's going to change this time around.
Mar 3 - 4:32 PM

Max Scherzer threw a no-hitter in the second half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mets.

It was the second no-no of the year for Scherzer, and he's done it against two playoff-bound teams. Scherzer struck out 17 and walked none, flat out dominating a Mets lineup that featured more than a couple regulars. The only thing that kept it from being a perfect game was Yunel Escobar's throwing error in the bottom of the sixth inning. The $210 million right-hander will finish the 2015 season with a stellar 2.81 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 273/34 K/BB ratio in 227 1/3 innings.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 09:32:00 PM

Max Scherzer flirted with another no-hitter Monday against the Reds and ultimately settled for eight frames of one-run ball in a 5-1 victory.

The only baserunners to reach on Scherzer through one out in the eighth inning came via the walk, but Tucker Barnhart then lined a clean single to left field to spoil what could have been the righty's second no-no of the season. Barnhart came around to score with two outs in the frame after shortstop Trea Turner failed to put the tag on him on what should have been a surefire double play to end the inning. He permitted two hits on the day, walked three and struck out 10. Amazingly, Scherzer's win Monday was his first at home since his no-hitter back on June 20. He'll carry a 2.91 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 259 strikeouts over 219 2/3 innings into his final start of the season this weekend versus the Mets.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 06:34:00 PM

Max Scherzer struck out 12, but lost Wednesday's start to the Orioles after giving up four runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Scherzer allowed two early runs on a Steve Pearce home run, then settled down. He faltered again in his final inning, serving up a two-run home run to Manny Machado before departing. The homers were two of seven hits he allowed along with two walks and the 12 punch-outs. Scherzer has a 2.98 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP, and a 249/31 K/BB ratio over 211 2/3 innings. He'll face the Reds in a home start next.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 10:24:00 PM

Max Scherzer logged another quality start in a no-decision against the Marlins on Friday, surrendering just two runs on five hits over his seven frames.

Scherzer walked three and struck out six on the night. He served up a two-run homer to Christian Yelich in the first inning, then was able to keep the Marlins at bay for the next six innings. He has certainly been well worth the massive free agent contract thus far, posting a 2.90 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 237/29 K/BB ratio across 205 innings in his first season as a National. He'll take on the Orioles his next time out on Wednesday.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 11:00:00 PM

Max Scherzer fired eight scoreless innings to earn the win on Sunday against the Marlins.

The win helps the Nationals hold onto what's left of their post-season hopes, now 8.5 games back of the Mets in the NL East. Scherzer scattered five hits and walked none while striking out six in the effort. The right-hander has a 2.91 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP and a 231/26 K/BB ratio over 198 innings. Scherzer will take on the Marlins at home in his next outing.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 04:12:00 PM

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