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Max Scherzer | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (11) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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Max Scherzer gave up five runs and three homers in five innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.
Incredibly, Scherzer gave up homers to the first three batters he faced tonight. He went on to allow one more run in the first and another in the second before getting it together and finishing the outing strong. It's just the second time this year that he's allowed five runs, the other coming April 28 against the Mets. He gave up as many homers to those first three batters as he had in his previous nine starts combined. Jul 22 - 1:25 AM

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Max Scherzer struck out 10 while holding the Reds scoreless over six innings in a win Saturday.

Scherzer gave up just three hits and walked four over his six innings, carrying over his first-half dominance to his first start of the second half. Scherzer improved to 11-5 with the win, and he's now got a 2.01 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 183 strikeouts in 134 1/3 innings on the year. A return to the desert to face one of his former clubs, the Diamondbacks, is on tap for Friday.
Jul 16 - 12:18 AM

Max Scherzer will start the All-Star Game for the National League on Tuesday.

It was an easy and expected choice for Cubs manager Joe Maddon, as the defending NL Cy Young Award winner is having the best season of his career. Scherzer ranks first in the National League in ERA (2.10), WHIP (0.78), and strikeouts (173).
Jul 10 - 2:13 PM

Max Scherzer threw a season-high 120 pitches while allowing four runs over 7 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Braves on Friday.

Scherzer emptied the tank in his final start before the All-Star break. He held the Braves to one run over his first six innings before Freddie Freeman slugged a go-ahead homer in the seventh. Freeman then singled home two more runs in the eighth. Scherzer struck out 10 batters and walked one in the no-decision. He has reached double-digits in strikeouts in eight out of his last nine starts. He’ll finish the first half with a brilliant 2.10 ERA and an NL-leading 173 strikeouts over 128 1/3 innings.
Jul 7 - 10:56 PM

Max Scherzer was in dominant form again on Sunday, striking out 12 over seven shutout innings in a victory over the Cardinals.

The star right-hander allowed just two hits and two walks in the impressive outing. It's the 59th time in his career that he has struck out 10 or more hitters. Scherzer now boasts a scintillating 1.94 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 163/26 K/BB ratio across 120 2/3 innings on the season. He'll conclude his masterful first half of the season on Friday against the Braves.
Jul 2 - 11:11 PM

Max Scherzer earned his ninth victory of the season on Tuesday, limiting the Cubs to one run on two hits over his six innings of work.

The star right-hander struck out six and didn't issue a free pass in the contest. He allowed an RBI triple to Kris Bryant in the first inning, but was lights-out afterwards, retiring 16 of the final 17 batters he faced. Scherzer sports an outstanding 2.06 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 151/24 K/BB ratio through 113 2/3 innings on the season. He'll look for more of the same when he does battle against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Sunday.
Jun 27 - 10:57 PM

Max Scherzer carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning Wednesday in Miami but wound up taking a loss.

Scherzer couldn't corral a high-chopper off the bat of A.J. Ellis with one out in the bottom of the eighth, giving the Marlins their first hit of the game. T.J. Riddle followed with a groundout, but J.T. Realmuto reached on an error by first baseman Adam Lind, Dee Gordon drew a hit-by-pitch, and pinch-runner Jose Urena scored the tying run on a wild delivery from a fatigued Mad Max. Giancarlo Stanton then put the Marlins ahead for good with an RBI line drive to left field. Scherzer finished the afternoon with 11 strikeouts. He yielded just two hits and walked one.
Jun 21 - 3:06 PM

Max Scherzer limited the Mets to one run in eight innings and struck out 10 in a victory Friday.

Scherzer has eight 10-strikeout games this year. He's given up more than three runs just once in 14 starts, that coming on April 28 against the Mets. It looks like it's going to be one heck of a Cy Young race in the NL if he and Clayton Kershaw stay healthy.
Jun 17 - 12:07 AM

Max Scherzer allowed one unearned run, three hits and two walks while striking out 14 batters over seven innings in a win Tuesday at the Dodgers.

Scherzer threw 73 of his 105 pitches for strikes, recording double-digit strikeout totals for the third consecutive outing. He also has 11 or more strikeouts in five of his past seven starts dating back to May 4. Scherzer will look to keep it rolling in Sunday's game against the Rangers.
Jun 7 - 3:58 AM

Max Scherzer went the distance and fanned 11 in the Nationals' 3-1 win over the Giants on Wednesday.

Scherzer needed just 100 pitches to throw his first complete game since his 20-strikeout game against the Tigers last May 11. He's 6-3 with a 2.56 ERA and an NL-leading 100 strikeouts.
Jun 1 - 1:30 AM

Max Scherzer was in dominant form in Friday's victory over the Padres, racking up a season-high 13 strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

The right-hander scattered three hits and a pair of walks in the contest. The only damage against him came on a solo homer off the bat of Ryan Schimpf in the fourth inning. He made a bit for his first complete game of the season, but he was lifted after hitting Ryan Schimpf to load the bases with two outs in the inning. Scherzer now boasts a 2.77 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 89/18 K/BB ratio across 68 1/3 innings on the season. He'll do battle against the Giants his next time out on Wednesday in San Francisco.
May 26 - 9:46 PM

Max Scherzer gave up three runs and lasted just five innings in a loss to the Braves on Saturday.

He struggled with his pitch efficiency, throwing 106 pitches in the brief outing. He gave up just four hits but two of them left the yard and accounted for all three runs he allowed. Rio Ruiz hit a two-run shot in the second inning and Matt Kemp smacked a solo blast in the fourth. He struck out six and walked three on the evening. It wasn't one of his better outings but Scherzer remains one of the best pitchers in the league. He falls to 4-3 as his ERA rises to 3.02 through nine starts. He is tied for second in the major leagues with 76 strikeouts.
May 20 - 9:32 PM

Max Scherzer racked up eight strikeouts over six innings of work in a no-decision against the Phillies on Sunday.

Scherzer allowed three runs on nine hits in the contest and didn't walk a batter. After three scoreless frames to start the game, the Phillies scratched out two runs in the fourth and tacked on another in the sixth before Scherzer departed. He left in line for his fifth victory, but the Nationals' bullpen was unable to protect his lead. He'll bring a sharp 2.80 ERA and 0.95 WHIP into Saturday's showdown against the Braves in Atlanta.
May 14 - 11:01 PM

Max Scherzer was dynamite Tuesday, striking out 11 while yielding two runs over eight innings but settling for a no-decision in an extra-innings loss to the Orioles.

Scherzer flirted with a no-hitter as it seems like he does about 10 times per season before Seth Smith took him deep with one out in the sixth inning. He also served up a solo shot to Adam Jones in the eighth but hung in there to retire Manny Machado on a foulout to end the eighth on his 113th and final pitch. Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, Enny Romero blew the save and Scherzer's win. Mad Max has now struck out 11 in consecutive outings, rebounding from his only non-quality start of the season. He boasts a 2.59 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 62/13 K/BB ratio over 48 2/3 frames. Scherzer faces the Phillies on Sunday.
May 9 - 11:48 PM

Max Scherzer fanned 11 while yielding one run and two hits in seven innings Thursday in a victory over the Diamondbacks.

It helped the Diamondbacks put out a lineup with three shortstops and two catchers today. Scherzer, though, would have done OK against the 'A' team. He also went 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate. He's now 4-2 with a 2.66 ERA this season.
May 4 - 5:10 PM

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