Max Scherzer
SP WSH
3 weeks ago

Scherzer won the 2016 National League Cy Young Award.

EDGE Analysis

The award is the second of Scherzer's career, with the other coming in 2013 during his tenure in Detroit. That makes him the sixth pitcher in MLB history to win the title in both the AL and NL. Scherzer might have led the league in home runs allowed with 31, but that didn't offset that he also led in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, WHIP, and strikeout-to-walk ratio. A pair of Cubs, Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks, came in second and third place respectively behind Scherzer.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 months ago

Manager Dusty Baker announced that Scherzer will start Game 1 of the Nationals' NLDS series against the Dodgers on Friday, CSN's Chase Hughes reports.

EDGE Analysis

It comes as no surprise that Scherzer, on the heels of another dominant season, will get the ball Friday in the Nationals' playoff opener. He will square off against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw in a marquee mound matchup.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 months ago

Scherzer (20-7) gave up five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out seven over five innings Sunday, but still came away with the victory in a 10-7 win over the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

He helped his own cause by going 2-for-2 at the plate with a career-high four RBI. Scherzer wraps up the regular season with a 2.96 ERA and 284:56 K:BB in 228.1 innings, giving him a 30-K edge over Justin Verlander for the major league strikeout title, and with Stephen Strasburg (elbow) all but ruled out for the NLDS, the Nats will need Scherzer to be at his best if they're going to make a deep playoff run.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 months ago

Scherzer (19-7) allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts over six innings to beat the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Scherzer saw his very first pitch of the night get lofted into the seats by Jean Segura, but recovered well for his seventh consecutive quality start. His nationals trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but scored four runs in that frame to help their ace turn his 13th double-digit strikeout performance into his 19th win. Scherzer will be going for his second 20-win season if the Nationals opt to let him pitch in the season finale Sunday against Miami.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
3 months ago

Scherzer allowed three runs on four hits and two walks over 6.2 innings Wednesday against the Marlins, striking out eight and earning his 18th win.

EDGE Analysis

Scherzer zoomed through six innings Wednesday before running into trouble in the seventh, when he allowed three runs on a pair of homers before being removed mid-inning. Luckily for him, the Nationals offense found its mojo and provided eight runs of support. Scherzer just continues to put up stellar numbers with a league-leading 267 strikeouts and a 2.82 ERA on the year. He's lined up to start against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, and it could be his final start of the regular season as the Nationals will likely have nothing to play for when his rotation spot comes back around Sunday.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
3 months ago

Scherzer (17-7) allowed just two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking eight in a 7-2 victory over Atlanta.

EDGE Analysis

Scherzer is pitching his best ball at the perfect time of year for the Nationals. He has won his last five decisions and has not allowed more than two runs in a start since August 20. He has struck out a league-leading batters on the season, and he has been nearly unhittable in the second half, as opposing batters are hitting well-below the Mendoza Line against him.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
3 months ago

Scherzer did not factor into the decision against the Phillies on Saturday, firing 6.2 scoreless innings in which he gave up four hits and a walk. He also struck out eight.

EDGE Analysis

The Nationals ace turned in one of his customarily dominant performances but couldn't get any run support whatsoever. Scherzer notched 18 swinging strikes overall while posting his second scoreless start in his last four trips to the mound. The 32-year-old's pitch count has notably risen in each of his last three starts, a potential concern for a veteran pitcher this late in the season. However, Scherzer's arm appears as lively as ever, with 34 whiffs over the 29.2 innings encompassing his last four starts. He'll shoot once again for his 17th win when he takes on the Braves next Friday.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
3 months ago

Scherzer (16-7) hurled seven innings against the Braves on Monday, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five and earning the win.

EDGE Analysis

Scherzer threw an impressive 77 of 107 pitches for strikes Monday, attacking a Braves lineup that is second to last in the MLB in runs scored. While he struck out just five, Scherzer still holds the major league lead in strikeouts with 243 on the year. Pair that with his 2.88 ERA and 0.92 WHIP and Scherzer may have a shot at the NL Cy Young Award this year. He gets another juicy matchup on Saturday against the Phillies, the only team that has scored fewer runs than the Braves this season.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
3 months ago

Scherzer will be given an extra day of rest and make his next start Monday at home against the Braves, the New York Times' James Wagner reports.

EDGE Analysis

There had been talk of Scherzer's next start getting pushed to Monday, and that will indeed be the case, as Reynaldo Lopez will make the start Sunday against the Mets. This denies Scherzer's owners of a start this weekend, but it lines him up to make two very favorable starts at home next week, first against the Braves and then against the Phillies next weekend.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
3 months ago

As of Saturday morning, the Nationals continue to list Scherzer as Sunday's starter against the Mets.

EDGE Analysis

There were reports earlier in the week that Washington might opt to give Scherzer an extra day of rest and push his next start to Monday, but nothing more has developed on that front. Scherzer's owners should continue to assume he will start Sunday's game against Seth Lugo and the Mets until news breaks to contradict that notion.