Max Scherzer SP WSH 1 day ago

Scherzer (5-3) allowed two runs on six hits over eight innings while striking out eight in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He was sharp all day, throwing 76 of 103 pitches for strikes and only making one real mistake which resulted in a two-run home run by Justin Bour. Scherzer's 1.90 HR/9 rate remains unsightly and is the primary driver behind his 3.80 ERA, but otherwise his numbers are exactly what everyone expected coming into the season. His next start will come at home Friday against the Cardinals.

Max Scherzer SP WSH 6 days ago1 Comment

Scherzer (4-3) struck out 10 and allowed just two runs on three hits and three walks but still took the loss in Tuesday's game against the Mets.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Scherzer was sharp but outdueled by Noah Syndergaard, who tossed seven shutout innings and matched Scherzer's 10 strikeouts. He was nasty, as he induced 17 swinging strikes, but he got tagged for a pair of solo home runs by Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto that wound up being the difference in the game. Even though Scherzer has allowed four home runs -- all solo blasts -- in his past two starts, it's hard to argue with the overall results -- four earned runs and a whopping 30 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

Max Scherzer SP WSH 2 weeks ago

Scherzer (4-2) struck out 20 -- tying the MLB record -- en route to a complete-game victory over the Tigers on Wednesday. He allowed two runs on six hits and didn't walk a batter.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Both runs came on solo homers, while former National Jordan Zimmermann limited his old mates to three runs, so this game came down to the wire despite Scherzer joining Roger Clemens (twice), Kerry Wood and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers in history to strike out 20 batters in nine innings. Scherzer had yet to hit double-digit strikeouts in a start as part of his rough opening to 2016, and it's concerning that he's given up a whopping 11 homers over 52 innings. Still, he's been one of the game's best pitchers over the last three seasons and should pull his still-unfavorable ratios back to respectability soon.

Max Scherzer SP WSH 3 weeks ago

Scherzer allowed seven runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out seven over five innings of an 8-6 loss to the Cubs on Friday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Scherzer (3-2) served up four home runs, and struggled with command throughout. It's been a rough start to the season, but he had felt a small adjustment in his mechanics might solve the problems. Unfortunately, this appears to have been a step backwards as he will carry an unsightly 4.60 ERA into his next start against the Tigers. It's way too early to panic, but he needs much better to justify his owner's investments on draft day.

Max Scherzer SP WSH 3 weeks ago

Scherzer credited Sunday's performance to a small mechanical adjustment he made between starts, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports. "I instantly could feel like I was on top of the ball. Any time I needed to throw the fastball, it was down at the knees," Scherzer said. "That's when I'm at my best. When I can throw a fastball over in the count, just throw strikes both in and away, it just sets up all my stuff. I was back to working ahead in the count. That's where I have success, and that's where I was successful today."

Competitive Edge Analysis

After posting a 4.35 ERA through his first five starts, Scherzer spotted the flaw in his mechanics and shortened up his arm action slightly, resulting in seven scoreless innings and nine strikeouts Sunday. If he's indeed returned to the form that allowed him to spin two no-hitters in 2015, a big hot streak could be in the offing.

Max Scherzer SP WSH 3 weeks ago

Scherzer (3-1) was dominant Sunday, tossing seven scoreless innings while allowing just four hits and striking out nine in a 6-1 win over the Cardinals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He didn't allow a St. Louis baserunner past first base, firing 73 of his 105 pitches for strikes. The strong outing lowered Scherzer's ERA to 3.55 and boosted his K:BB on the season to 39:12 in 38 innings and six starts. He'll try to carry that momentum into his next start, Friday in Wrigley Field against the Cubs.

Max Scherzer SP WSH 4 weeks ago

Scherzer (2-1) gave up three earned runs on seven hits with four walks and seven strikeouts over six innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Phillies.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Scherzer owners have to be disappointed in the ace's inability to pick up a win in a home tilt against the Phillies, but his 4.35 ERA in the early going shouldn't be a cause for concern considering it's fueled by a 16.1 percent home run per fly ball rate that dwarfs his career 10.0 percent mark. The 31-year-old is still an excellent source of strikeouts, but things don't get any easier for Scherzer considering his next start comes on the road against the Cardinals'second-ranked offense Sunday.

Max Scherzer SP WSH 1 month ago

Scherzer will have his next scheduled start moved up to Tuesday against the Phillies, Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Nationals have a team day off Monday, and will skip Joe Ross's scheduled start in Tuesday's series opener while he deals with a finger blister. In his place, Scherzer will toe the rubber and pitch on regular rest. With no other team days off scheduled in the upcoming week, the Nationals' ace will now be on track for a two-start week.

Max Scherzer SP WSH 1 month ago

Scherzer (2-1) was handed his first loss of the season Thursday against the Marlins. He pitched five innings, allowing five runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out three.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Marlins smacked Scherzer around pretty good from the start of Thursday's game. The last time he struck out three hitters or less was on August 14 of last year. The 31-year-old has yet to really get it going this season, but it's only a matter of time before he does. Scherzer is in line to throw next against the Phillies, a perfect team to face when in need of a rebound effort.

Max Scherzer SP WSH 1 month ago

Scherzer (2-0) allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings in the 8-1 victory over the Phillies. He also struck out seven and walked one.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The right-hander was on his game, throwing 72 of his 108 pitches for strikes. He also induced 13 swing-and-misses. His lone blemish was a solo home run from catcher Cameron Rupp in the fifth. Despite the solid outing, homers still seem to be a concern for Scherzer. He allowed 20 bombs after June last season, and he has yielded three in three starts in 2016.