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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
Contract: view contract details
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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. Nov 16 - 6:28 PM
Source: BBWAA.com

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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.
Nov 8 - 10:01 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.
Nov 7 - 6:59 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.
Oct 14 - 12:56 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
Oct 12 - 7:10 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.
Oct 11 - 9:31 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.
Oct 7 - 9:26 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.
Oct 4 - 2:45 PM

Max Scherzer will start NLDS Game 1 on Friday against the Dodgers.

He'll be opposed by Clayton Kershaw in what is about as good of a pitching matchup as they come. Rich Hill and Gio Gonzalez will pitch in Game 2. Scherzer went 20-7 with a 2.96 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 284/56 K/BB ratio over 228 1/3 innings this season in what could be a National League Cy Young-winning campaign.
Oct 3 - 4:27 PM

Max Scherzer earned his 20th win despite giving up five runs in five innings in a 10-7 victory over the Marlins on Sunday.

He struck out seven batters, which is normal for him. The unusual part was the nine hits and two home runs he allowed. Both Destin Hood and Tomas Telis hit their first career homers off him this afternoon. Scherzer helped himself at the plate, going 2-for-2 with four RBI to help make up for his poor performance on the mound. He finishes the regular season with a 20-7 record and stellar 2.96 ERA. He led the majors in strikeouts with 284 in 228 1/3 innings.
Oct 2 - 8:19 PM

Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters and held the Diamondbacks to two runs over six frames to earn his 19th win of the season in a 4-2 victory.

Scherzer served up a home run to Jean Segura to lead off the game and then yielded an RBI double to Welington Castillo in the third. He settled in after that, though, and the Nationals' offense finally went to work in the sixth inning with four runs. Scherzer hasn't lost since August 9. The right-hander will have one final tune-up on Sunday before starting Game 1 of the NLDS versus the Dodgers on October 7.
Sep 27 - 10:10 PM

Max Scherzer punched out eight batters over 6 2/3 innings while letting in three runs to earn an 8-3 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday.

He was spotless through six innings before giving up a pair of home runs in the seventh. He now has 267 strikeouts on the season and leads the majors in that category. His record improves to 18-7 with a magnificent 2.82 ERA. The Cy Young candidate will take the mound for what is likely his final start of the regular season on Tuesday versus the Diamondbacks.
Sep 21 - 11:26 PM

Max Scherzer improved to 17-7 after allowing two runs over seven innings against the Braves on Friday.

It wasn’t easy, as Scherzer allowed seven hits and walked a pair, but the Braves were unable to pounce on their various opportunities. He fanned eight in the victory and now has a brilliant 2.78 ERA and 259/50 K/BB ratio over 210 2/3 innings. He’s right in the middle of the race for the National League Cy Young Award.
Sep 16 - 11:06 PM

Max Scherzer racked up eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball in a no-decision against the Phillies on Saturday.

Scherzer allowed just four hits and a walk on the night. Unfortunately for him and fantasy owners, Jerad Eickhoff was just as good on the other side of the diamond and the Nats couldn't scratch out a run for him. He has been a force at the top of the club's rotation, posting a 2.78 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 251/48 K/BB ratio over 203 2/3 innings. He'll try again for his 17th victory when he does battle against the Braves in Atlanta on Friday.
Sep 10 - 11:28 PM

Max Scherzer limited the Braves to two runs over seven innings in a 6-4 victory Monday.

Scherzer was pitching on an extra days' rest in this one and held Atlanta to seven hits and two walks while striking out five. He moved his record to 16-7, as the stud right-hander has lost just one of his last 11 decisions. The Nationals as a team have lost only twice over that stretch. Scherzer will take on the Phillies on Saturday.
Sep 5 - 7:30 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
4Raudy Read
5Spencer Kieboom
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
SS1Trea Turner
2Danny Espinosa
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Skole
3Brandon Snyder
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
2Michael Taylor
3Brian Goodwin
4Rafael Bautista
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
7Austin Voth
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Kelley
2Blake Treinen
3Oliver Perez
4Sammy Solis
5Koda Glover
6Trevor Gott
7Rafael Martin
8Matt Grace
9Jimmy Cordero
10Derek Eitel
11Braulio Lara
12Dustin Antolin