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Max Scherzer | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 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 just one run in six innings while striking out 10 in a 3-2 victory over the Mets on Sunday.
Scherzer was dominant over his six innings, and probably could have gone an inning or two more, but there's no point in risking anything with the Nationals locked into their playoff spots. Scherzer is scheduled to make another start on Saturday against the Phillies, but there's no guarantee that he'll make that start with the playoffs starting the week after. Sep 24 - 4:16 PM

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Max Scherzer pitched seven innings of two-run ball to beat the Braves on Tuesday.

Scherzer had his worst start of the year against the Braves last week, giving up seven runs. This time, he was much closer to his usual self, allowing just five hits and striking out seven. He passed 250 strikeouts for the fourth straight season.
Sep 19 - 11:23 PM

Max Scherzer coughed up seven runs in six-plus innings and took a loss to the Braves on Wednesday.

He struggled badly with his control, issuing an uncharacteristic six walks while striking out seven in the sub-par outing. The Nationals' ace was fine in the early going and didn't give up his first run until the fifth inning. He hit a wall in the seventh though -- issuing four walks, a single and four runs without getting an out before being relieved after throwing 116 pitches. It was the first time since 2013 that he issued six or more walks in a game and only the third time in 293 career starts. He falls to 14-6 with a stellar 2.59 ERA in 28 starts. He ranks second in the majors with 246 strikeouts in 184 1/3 innings.
Sep 13 - 11:13 PM

Max Scherzer (calf) improved to 14-5 after allowing four runs in six innings Friday against the Phillies.

Scherzer was hit in the calf by a comebacker in his most recent start, but he didn’t end up missing a turn. He gave up a three-run homer to Nick Williams in the first inning, but he held the Phillies to one run the rest of the way. Scherzer fanned seven and walked three in the victory and owns a brilliant 2.32 ERA and 239/46 K/BB ratio in 178 1/3 innings over 27 starts this season. He’ll get the Braves next.
Sep 8 - 11:31 PM

Max Scherzer (calf) is scheduled to start Friday's game against the Phillies.

Scherzer sustained a bruised left calf over the weekend after he was hit by a comebacker. He played catch on Tuesday and then ramped his efforts up with a pain-free bullpen on Wednesday. In 26 starts this season, the ace right-hander is pitching to a beautiful 2.19 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 232/43 K/BB ratio across 172 1/3 innings. He has dealt with a few smaller injuries during the campaign, but has been dominant when able to take the mound.
Source: MASN Sports
Sep 6 - 7:28 PM

Max Scherzer (calf) played catch Tuesday without issue.

And if he makes it through a bullpen session Wednesday, he should be cleared to make his next scheduled start. Scherzer suffered a bruised left calf Saturday in Milwaukee when he was struck by a comebacker.
Sep 5 - 4:22 PM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that the team and Max Scherzer are not concerned about the right-hander's bruised left calf.

Scherzer made an early exit from his start Saturday in Milwaukee after being hit in the calf by a comebacker. Rizzo added that the ace won't take the mound again until he's healthy, but it doesn't sound like this is anything that will keep Scherzer from making his next start later this week against the Phillies.
Sep 4 - 5:24 PM

Max Scherzer was on crutches in the clubhouse after taking a comebacker off his calf during Saturday's game.

Scherzer was hit in the first and still managed to pitch five innings, but he was moving around very gingerly after the game, putting his next start into some doubt. Don't be surprised if he's at least pushed back a couple of days.
Sep 3 - 12:34 AM

Max Scherzer, who took a comebacker off his leg in the first, exited after allowing one run in five innings and throwing 75 pitches on Saturday.

Scherzer was hobbled by the leg after hitting a grounder in the fourth, and it obviously played a role in his early exit. Still, with any luck, this won't be a long-term issue.
Sep 2 - 9:16 PM

Max Scherzer has had his next start pushed back to Sunday.

Scherzer missed two weeks of action this month due to inflammation in his neck, but manager Dusty Baker said that his being pushed back against the Brewers this coming weekend is not related to a health concern. Explained Baker, "We’re going to try to give [all the starters] an extra day or even flirting with if there’s enough able bodies and if they’re all healthy, then maybe go to a sixth man." Scherzer has pitched to a 2.21 ERA with a 230/41 K/BB ratio in 25 starts covering 167 1/3 frames this season.
Source: MASN Sports
Aug 30 - 4:27 PM

Max Scherzer was dominant in his return from the disabled list Monday, limiting the Marlins to one run over seven innings.

Scherzer didn’t go on a minor league rehab assignment after missing two weeks with inflammation in his neck, but he didn’t show any signs of rust in this one. He gave up just five hits — the lone run scoring on a solo homer from Christian Yelich — while walking two and striking out 10. Scherzer has 10 double-digit strikeout games this season and owns a 2.21 ERA and 230/41 K/BB ratio in 167 1/3 innings through 25 starts overall. He’s making a strong case for his second straight NL Cy Young Award.
Aug 28 - 10:59 PM

Nationals activated RHP Max Scherzer from the 10-day disabled list.

Scherzer will return to the Nationals' rotation on Monday night against the Marlins after missing two weeks with inflammation in his neck. He did not make a minor league rehab start, but the ace right-hander is an obvious must-play in standard fantasy formats versus Miami.
Aug 28 - 3:43 PM

Max Scherzer (neck) will rejoin the Nationals' rotation on Monday against the Marlins.

Erick Fedde will get a start along with Tanner Roark during Sunday's doubleheader against the Mets, and Scherzer will make his return a day later. The Nationals' ace has been dealing with a nagging neck problem lately but threw a bullpen session Friday and played catch Saturday with no issues.
Aug 26 - 7:25 PM

Max Scherzer (neck) threw a bullpen session Friday.

Scherzer gave a thumbs up to the Nationals' trainer after the session, so it appears he's ready to start a game during Sunday's doubleheader against the Mets. The Nationals should have official word on Scherzer soon.
Aug 25 - 5:00 PM

Max Scherzer (neck) could be cleared to throw a bullpen session on Friday.

Scherzer threw for a third straight day on Thursday, working from up to 90 feet while using his full windup. Friday's pen session would put Scherzer on track to return Sunday against the Mets, though nothing is set in stone. The reigning NL Cy Young winner landed on the DL with neck inflammation about a week ago.
Aug 24 - 5:48 PM

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C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
3Raudy Read
4Pedro Severino
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Howie Kendrick
3Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Victor Robles
4Andrew Stevenson
5Adam Eaton
RF1Bryce Harper
2Alejandro De Aza
3Rafael Bautista
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Edwin Jackson
6A.J. Cole
7Erick Fedde
8Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Brandon Kintzler
3Ryan Madson
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Matt Albers
7Oliver Perez
8Enny Romero
9Matt Grace
10Joe Blanton
11Sammy Solis