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Max Scherzer | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
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Max Scherzer was in control throughout Thursday afternoon's 1-0 win over the Marlins, allowing just three hits and no runs over seven innings.
Scherzer had no margin for error in the contest, as the Nationals scored one run in the game, total. That's all Max Scherzer needs, apparently, as he allowed just three singles in a dominant performance. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the start was that the normally walk-stingy Scherzer handed out three free passes against six strikeouts. We're nitpicking, just because he's been so awesome this year. He'll carry a sharp 2.22 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 172/19 K/BB ratio across 150 innings into his next start, a home date with the Diamondbacks. Jul 30 - 2:59 PM

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Max Scherzer gave up five runs in five innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on Friday.

It was an out of character outing for Scherzer, who allowed seven hits, including three home runs. It was the first time he had allowed three home runs in a game since September 15, 2011 as a member of the Tigers. The only bright side for fantasy owners is that he managed eight strikeouts before exiting. He'll attempt to bounce back against the Marlins on the road.
Jul 24 - 10:52 PM

Max Scherzer pitched well, allowing one run in six innings, but lost to the Dodgers on Sunday.

It hasn't been said often this season, but Max Scherzer was out-dueled. The right-hander allowed the one run on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. He otherwise scattered seven hits and a walk while striking out eight, but Zack Greinke wasn't to be overcome. Scherzer now has a 2.09 ERA with a 0.80 WHIP and a 158/15 K/BB ratio in 138 innings. He'll try to get back in the win column in Pittsburgh against the Pirates next.
Jul 19 - 4:58 PM

Max Scherzer held the Orioles to two runs over 8 2/3 innings Sunday in the Nationals' 3-2 victory.

Scherzer gave up a homer to Adam Jones in the first inning and another in the ninth, but he was otherwise dominant. The right-hander yielded only two other hits -- both singles -- and struck out seven without issuing a walk. He hasn't walked a batter since June 14. There's no reason to expect regression in the second half from him either.
Jul 12 - 4:01 PM

Max Scherzer will start Sunday's game against the Orioles.

That means he won't pitch in the All-Star Game Tuesday in Cincinnati. Clayton Kershaw is a candidate to take his roster spot. With Scherzer out of the mix, Zack Greinke will likely draw the start for the NL.

Max Scherzer struggled, allowing five runs in 4 2/3 innings to take the loss on Tuesday as the Nationals fell 5-0 to the Reds.

Scherzer was uncharacteristically hittable, allowing seven hits, four of which went for extra bases. He didn't walk anyone and struck out four in the effort. His ERA moved up a few ticks to 2.12 to go along with a 0.80 WHIP and a 143/14 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings. Scherzer will kick off the second half at home against the Dodgers.
Jul 7 - 9:43 PM

Max Scherzer was among the pitchers named to next week's National League All-Star Game.

Scherzer will be a candidate to start if the Nationals decide to not start him on Sunday. The starters joining Scherzer on the NL squad will be Madison Bumgarner, A.J. Burnett, Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom, Zack Greinke, Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha. The NL relievers are Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon, Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Rodriguez and Trevor Rosenthal. Johnny Cueto, Jeurys Familia, Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Martinez and Troy Tulowitzki are the Final Vote candidates.
Jul 6 - 7:33 PM

Max Scherzer gave up two runs over 8 1/3 innings in a complete-game loss against the Braves on Thursday.

The game was tied 1-1 until Scherzer gave up a walk-off single to Cameron Maybin in the bottom of the ninth. While he took the loss, it was still a heck of an outing. Scherzer allowed a total of five hits and no walks while striking out nine batters. He now has a 42/1 K/BB ratio over his last four starts and has gone the distance in three of them. Quite a run for someone who had one complete game over his first 210 starts in the majors.
Jul 2 - 10:11 PM

In his first start since his no-hitter, Max Scherzer allowed two runs over eight innings in a 5-2 win over the Phillies on Friday.

It was his 100th career victory. Early on, it looked like Scherzer had a chance at pulling a Johnny Vander Meer with back-to-back no-hitters, but he gave up a double to Freddy Galvis with one out in the sixth inning for his first baserunner of the night. Domonic Brown had an RBI double one inning later before Ben Revere added a solo homer in the eighth. Still, it was another excellent outing from Scherzer, who allowed five hits in all while walking none and striking out seven. He's now 9-5 on the year to go along with a 1.79 ERA. He'll try to keep his dominant run going when he faces the Braves next week on the road.
Jun 26 - 10:10 PM

Max Scherzer threw the first no-hitter of his career on Saturday afternoon against the Pirates.

Scherzer was one out away from a perfect game when he hit Jose Tabata on the elbow with an inside pitch. But he then got Josh Harrison to fly out to deep left field to preserve the no-no. Scherzer struck out 10 over his nine walkless, hitless frames. And he was just as dominant -- if not more so -- last Sunday against the Brewers. The $210 million man has a ridiculous 1.76 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 123/14 K/BB ratio in his first 102 1/3 innings with Washington.
Jun 20 - 6:31 PM

Max Scherzer flirted with a perfect game in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Brewers, striking out 16 and allowing just one hit in a complete game effort.

Scherzer was simply fantastic in an outing that ranks up there with the best in the majors this season. It took until the start of the seventh inning for the Brew Crew to pick up their first hit (a Carlos Gomez single), and that would be their only hit of the game. Scherzer struck out 16 and walked just one over his nine innings of brilliance. The crown jewel of free agent acquisitions, he has pitched exactly to advertisement for the Nationals and holds a 1.93 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 113/14 K/BB ratio over 93 1/3 innings. Up next on the schedule, a Friday home start against the Pirates.
Jun 14 - 5:17 PM

Max Scherzer faltered late, taking the loss after giving up four runs in 6 2/3 innings of work as the Nationals fell 6-1 to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Scherzer, through six innings, had made only one mistake, resulting in a solo home run to Stephen Drew. In the seventh, the Yankees hit a pair of one-out singles, then scored a two-out run on an Ian Desmond throwing error. Matt Thornton then came in and allowed all of Scherzer's runners to score plus one of his own. All told, Scherzer gave up eight hits, walked one, and struck out seven. He'll bring a 2.13 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP, and a 97/13 K/BB ratio over 84 1/3 innings into a start in Milwaukee against the Brewers.
Jun 9 - 10:12 PM

Max Scherzer was on the hook for four runs in six innings, taking the loss Tuesday as the Nationals fell to the Blue Jays 7-3.

All four runs came on two home runs hit by Kevin Pillar: a solo homer in the second, and a three-run blast in the sixth. They were two of six hits Scherzer allowed along with two walks and five strikeouts. It was the first time in five starts Scherzer had allowed more than one run. He carries a fantastic 1.85 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP and a 90/12 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings. Scherzer will try again for his seventh win at home versus the Cubs in his next outing.
Jun 2 - 10:30 PM

Max Scherzer pitched seven shutout innings and struck out 13 as the Nationals beat the Cubs 3-0 on Wednesday.

It's Scherzer's fifth career start with at least 13 strikeouts and first with the Nationals. He's won five straight starts since opening the season 1-3, and he has a 1.51 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP overall. He might have enough of a head start on Clayton Kershaw to qualify as the NL Cy Young favorite, though we'd still take Kershaw for the rest of the season.
May 27 - 11:24 PM

Max Scherzer fired eight innings of one-run ball against the Phillies on Friday, picking up his fifth victory of the season.

The All-Star right-hander allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out six. He has been everything that the Nationals had hoped for when inking him to his massive free agent deal this winter, posting a 1.67 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 72/9 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings. He'll look to keep things rolling on Wednesday when he does battle against the Cubs in Chicago.
May 22 - 10:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Jayson Werth
2Michael Taylor
3Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Drew Storen
3Casey Janssen
4Matt Thornton
5Aaron Barrett
6Tanner Roark
7Felipe Rivero
8David Carpenter
9Craig Stammen