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Max Scherzer | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
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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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Max Scherzer struck out 11 batters over seven shutout innings Saturday in the Nationals' 4-1 defeat of the Padres.

It was a dominant performance from Scherzer, who gave up only four hits and two walks over his seven impressive frames. He's now 4-3 on the season with a fantastic 1.75 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 66/8 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings. That seven-year, $210 million pact is looking warranted so far. A date with the Phillies is next.
May 16 - 11:41 PM

Max Scherzer evened out his record at 3-3 with a win over the Diamondbacks on Monday after allowing one run in seven innings as the Nationals won 11-1.

The Nationals gave Scherzer plenty of run support, scoring four times in the first inning and six times in the second. The hard-throwing right-hander gave up his only run in the sixth inning, when Jordan Pacheco hit a solo home run out to left field. It was one of five hits he surrendered along with one walk and six strikeouts. Scherzer lowered his ERA to 1.99 with a 0.93 WHIP and a 55/6 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings. He'll face the Padres at Petco Park next.
May 12 - 12:34 AM

Max Scherzer yielded 10 hits and five runs but struck out 10 and picked up the victory in Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Marlins.

Nationals manager Matt Williams probably left Scherzer in the game too long, as the righty was allowed to start the eighth with a 7-2 lead even though he'd already topped 100 pitches. He didn't record an out in the frame, permitted a couple singles before serving up a homer to Giancarlo Stanton. It was still a pretty good day overall for Scherzer, as he picked up a win and improved his K/BB ratio to 49/5 over 42 2/3 innings. He'll get the Diamondbacks next.
May 6 - 4:07 PM

Max Scherzer was handed a tough-luck loss Friday against the Mets after allowing just one run over seven innings while striking out 10 batters.

The 10 strikeouts were a season-high. His lone mistake was a solo homer by Michael Cuddyer in the bottom of the fourth inning. But he didn't get any help from his offense on this night, so it was enough to put him on the losing side. Oddly, he's now 1-3 through five starts despite a 1.26 ERA. He'll hope for better luck against the Marlins next week.
May 1 - 9:54 PM

Max Scherzer (thumb) has been confirmed as the Nationals' starter for Friday's game against the Mets.

Scherzer missed his scheduled turn in the rotation Tuesday against the Braves after jamming his thumb during at-bat last Thursday versus the Cardinals. It should not be a lingering issue. The $210 million right-hander boasts a sensational 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio in his first 28 2/3 innings with Washington.
Apr 29 - 5:33 PM

Max Scherzer (thumb) is expected to start on Friday against the Mets.

Scherzer has been cleared to rejoin the rotation after throwing a bullpen session without issue on Tuesday and Nationals manager Matt Williams said he would "look at Friday" for the righty's next start. It's possible they'll end up going with Gio Gonzalez on regular rest Friday and wait until Saturday to throw Scherzer, but Friday appears to be the likelier day for the former Cy Young winner. The ace boasts a 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 28 2/3 innings with the Nats.
Apr 29 - 11:45 AM

Max Scherzer (thumb) was able to throw off a mound Tuesday without issue.

Scherzer had to be scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night against the Braves after injuring his thumb during an at-bat last Thursday, but he expects to return to the Nationals' starting rotation later this week. The $210 million right-hander owns a 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 28 2/3 innings with Washington.
Apr 28 - 4:12 PM

Max Scherzer (thumb) will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Braves.

That had been the presumption but only now has been made official. Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Scherzer probably only needs to be pushed back a couple days instead of missing a full turn through the rotation. Either Tanner Roark or A.J. Cole will start Tuesday in his place.
Apr 27 - 5:26 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Sunday that Max Scherzer (thumb) is unlikely to pitch on Tuesday.

Scherzer was unable to throw his scheduled bullpen session on Sunday due to his thumb still being swollen. The Nationals don't believe that he will miss multiple starts or require a stint on the disabled list. Tanner Roark is the most logical candidate to start in his place and makes for a decent streaming option against the Braves in Atlanta.
Apr 26 - 4:37 PM

Max Scherzer (thumb) did not throw a scheduled bullpen session on Sunday.

That's after the 'pen session was pushed back a day from Saturday. Scherzer, who threw off flat ground Sunday instead, is in jeopardy of missing his next scheduled start on Tuesday due to a sore right thumb, although the righty said the thumb is improving and he's not ruling himself out yet. "I can't say that," Scherzer said when asked if he'll start Tuesday. "Because I'm literally day-to-day." Tanner Roark would be the obvious candidate for a spot start in Scherzer's place.
Apr 26 - 11:20 AM

Max Scherzer (thumb) had his scheduled bullpen session pushed back until Sunday.

He is still dealing with swelling in his thumb. If he is unable to throw Sunday, his scheduled start on Tuesday could be in question.
Apr 25 - 2:30 PM

Max Scherzer (thumb) is expected to make his next start on Tuesday against the Braves in Atlanta.

Scherzer jammed his thumb on a swing during Thursday's loss to the Cardinals which caused him to leave after seven innings. While he's 1-2 on the season, the 30-year-old has posted a stellar 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 28 2/3 innings with the Nationals.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Apr 25 - 9:40 AM

Max Scherzer jammed his thumb on a swing during Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.

The right-hander pitched two more innings after the incident and said the injury "shouldn’t be too serious." Scherzer is fully expected to take his next turn on Tuesday in Atlanta, but he probably won't officially be cleared until he gets through his between-starts bullpen session with no issues.
Apr 24 - 9:49 AM

Max Scherzer pitched well on Thursday, but wound up with the loss after allowing two runs to the Cardinals in seven innings.

Scherzer was narrowly outdueled by Michael Wacha. The Nats' right-hander hurt his own cause in the first inning when a wild pitch helped bring in the Cardinals' first run. The Cardinals grabbed their second run off of Scherzer in the sixth on a Matt Adams RBI single. Overall, Scherzer yielded six hits, walked none, and struck out four. Despite a 1-2 record, Scherzer has been fantastic in his first four starts, boasting a 1.26 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP, and a 29/4 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He'll toe the slab in Atlanta against the Braves next.
Apr 23 - 6:42 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Yunel Escobar
2Danny Espinosa
3Wilmer Difo
4Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
2Michael Taylor
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
6Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Aaron Barrett
3Craig Stammen
4Matt Thornton
5Casey Janssen
6Tanner Roark
7Blake Treinen
8Matt Grace
9Sammy Solis
10Taylor Jordan