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Max Scherzer | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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 struck out 10 batters Friday against the Brewers, but he took the loss after giving up five runs over six innings.
The Nationals grabbed the lead in the third inning, but Scherzer’s issue with the home run ball reared its ugly head yet again, as he gave up a solo homer to Keon Broxton to tie the game in the fifth inning before Kirk Nieuwenhuis added a go-ahead two-run blast in the sixth. Scherzer has reached double-digits in strikeouts in four out of the last five games and ranks second in the majors with 138 strikeouts overall, but he also leads the majors with 20 homers allowed. He’ll bring a 3.52 ERA into a start against the second-place Mets next week. Jun 24 - 11:46 PM

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Max Scherzer struck out 10 Padres batters in six innings and gave up only one run on four hits but was forced to settle for a no-decision on Saturday.

Scherzer's record holds at 8-4 with a 3.29 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. His 11.42 K/9 ranks third in the majors. Scherzer has been bitten by the longball frequently this year and that trend continued today. The one run he allowed came on a Wil Myers solo homer. Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in baseball and it wouldn't be a surprise if he worked his way into Cy Young contention for the first place Nationals before the end of the season.
Jun 19 - 1:50 AM

Max Scherzer was dominant again Monday, recording 11 strikeouts over seven frames of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over the Cubs.

Scherzer retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced via the strikeout and held a perfect game until Addison Russell homered with one out in the sixth inning. The right-hander wound up allowing only two hits on the night and didn't walk a batter. Scherzer has now recorded double-digit strikeouts in four of his last seven outings and has whiffed 118 over 95 1/3 innings on the season. He'll go up against the Padres on the road this weekend.
Jun 13 - 10:27 PM

Max Scherzer tossed seven scoreless innings in defeating the White Sox on Wednesday.

Scherzer allowed five hits, walked one and struck out six in improving to 7-4 with a 3.57 ERA. It's the first time in seven starts that he's gone without allowing a home run.
Jun 9 - 12:10 AM

Max Scherzer fanned 11 while holding the Phillies to two runs over eight innings in a victory Wednesday.

Scherzer gave up a homer for the sixth straight start tonight, but he also crossed the century mark in strikeouts. Even though his 3.87 ERA isn't great, he still projects as a top-five fantasy starter over the rest of the season.
Jun 1 - 10:21 PM

Max Scherzer took the loss Friday against the Nationals after giving up five runs over seven innings.

It was a strange outing. Scherzer gave up just three hits, but one of them was a grand slam by Stephen Piscotty in the third inning. He also walked in a run (one of four on the night) before the grand slam. Scherzer retired 14 batters in a row after the grand slam and finished with six strikeouts. Still, issues with the long ball are hurting him. He leads the majors with 15 home runs allowed and owns a 4.05 ERA through 11 starts overall. He’ll look for improvement against the Phillies next week.
May 27 - 9:58 PM

Max Scherzer turned in a strong performance in Sunday's win over the Marlins, allowing two runs on six hits over eight innings.

Scherzer fanned eight and did not walk a batter. A two-run homer by Justin Bour in the seventh inning would be all the scoring the Marlins would manage against the ace right-hander. In 66 1/3 innings (10 starts), Scherzer has pitched to a 3.80 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 84/18 K/BB ratio. The strikeout total is fantastic, of course, though his ERA impresses slightly less. Up next on the schedule, a home start against the Cardinals.
May 22 - 4:36 PM

Max Scherzer held the Mets to two runs, striking out 10, over 6 1/3 innings but took the loss on Tuesday.

Scherzer followed up his 20-strikeout performance with another strong outing, but unfortunately he was up against Noah Syndergaard, who was just a little bit better. Scherzer allowed just three hits and walked three before exiting. Through nine starts, Scherzer is now 4-3 with a 4.01 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 76/18 K/BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings. He'll look for a better result Sunday at the Marlins.
May 17 - 9:51 PM

Max Scherzer tied a major-league record with 20 strikeouts in his complete-game victory over the Tigers on Wednesday.

Sure, Scherzer served up a pair of solo homers, but no one cared about that at the end of the night. He fanned 20 batters and walked no one. He actually had a chance to break the major-league record with two outs in the ninth, but James McCann grounded out to third to end the game. Scherzer now has a whopping 66 strikeouts in just 52 innings this year with a 4.15 ERA. He'll look to extend his good fortune against the Mets next week.
May 11 - 10:03 PM

Max Scherzer served up four home runs and allowed seven runs over five frames in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

A little context is needed, as the wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field on Friday. However, Scherzer giving up taters isn't anything new. The eight home runs he's served up this season are the most in the majors, and that's after he allowed 27 dingers last season. The longball is a major reason why Scherzer's ERA now sits at 4.60. He'll try to get back on track next week against his former team, the Tigers, at home.
May 6 - 5:44 PM

Max Scherzer dominated the Cardinals over seven scoreless innings on Sunday afternoon.

Scherzer yielded just four hits -- all singles -- and zero walks. It was vintage form out of the 31-year-old right-hander, who's had more rough outings than usual in 2016. He now stands 3-1 on the season with a 3.55 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 39/12 K/BB ratio in 38 innings. A road start against the Cubs is next.
May 1 - 7:31 PM

Max Scherzer had a disappointing showing Tuesday, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks over six frames in a loss to the Phillies.

He got a no-decision, as the Nationals rallied to tie things up before Scherzer exited, but it was the righty's third downer of an outing in five tries this month. While he's struck out 30 across 31 innings, Scherzer will finish April with a 4.35 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. He'll try to get back on track this weekend in his hometown of St. Louis.
Apr 26 - 11:23 PM

Max Scherzer was tagged for five runs in five innings by the Marlins in Thursday's loss.

Scherzer entered 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA in three starts, so he's not exactly struggling. Still, it's a little troublesome that he's already given up four homers. Since joining the Nationals, he's surrendered 31 in 261 2/3 innings (one every 8.4 innings), which is more than anyone would have expected. Pitching in the AL, he gave up 36 over 434 2/3 innings (one every 12.1 innings) in his last two seasons with the Tigers.
Apr 21 - 4:28 PM

Max Scherzer fanned seven and only walked one through seven innings of one-run ball in Saturday’s victory over the Phillies.

Scherzer did what you’d expect against the lowly Phillies. He commanded the game, pounding the zone and largely keeping the baseball on the ground, aside from Cameron Rupp’s solo homer in the fifth. The right-hander dropped his ERA to 3.15 and now has 20 strikeouts in 20 innings this year. He remains one of the elite starting pitchers in the National League.
Apr 16 - 9:50 PM

Max Scherzer wasn't super sharp Monday but picked up a win anyway, yielding four runs over six frames in a 6-4 victory over the Braves.

Scherzer gave up a two-run double to A.J. Pierzynski in the first inning and a two-run double to Nick Markakis in the second to give back the lead. However, he settled in after that and the Nats' offense pushed across enough tallies to net the righty his first win of the season. Scherzer will take on the Phillies this weekend in another juicy matchup.
Apr 11 - 10:38 PM

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