Max Scherzer SP WAS 3 days ago

Scherzer allowed just one run on four hits, he did not walk a batter, and struck out nine over eight innings of a 7-2 win against Philadelphia Friday night.

Scherzer logs his first win for the Nationals after three starts, but he certainly can't be blamed for the delay as he now has a sparkling 0.83 ERA over those three starts. Washington sputtered both offensively and defensively early, and actually made two more errors in this one, however their lineup suggests things will smooth out and wins could be plentiful for their rotation going forward.

Max Scherzer SP WAS 1 week ago

Scherzer turned in another strong outing Sunday, allowing just one run on six hits and two walks over six innings, striking out eight.

The Nationals' offense and defense haven't been as advertised through the first week of the season, but Scherzer is doing everything he can to earn his massive free agent contract, posting a 0.66 ERA and 16:4 K:BB ratio through his first 13.2 innings as a Nat.

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Scherzer pitched well in a losing effort Monday, allowing three runszero earnedin 7.2 innings on Opening Day against the Mets.

Ian Desmond made two errors that really hurt Scherzer, who otherwise allowed just four hits and struck out eight. He will look for more help from his defense when he faces the Phillies this weekend.

Max Scherzer SP WAS 1 month ago

Scherzer has been named the Opening Day starter for the Nationals, MASN's Dan Kolko reports.

While Stephen Strasburg had this honor the past three seasons, it does not come as a surprise that Scherzer unseated him for the top spot in the rotation given the Nationals' commitment to Scherzer this offseason. He should be one of the first three or four starting pitchers off the board in mixed leagues this season. The move to the National League could lead to a bump in strikeouts thanks to facing the opposing starting pitcher two or three times each game. He should also have as good a shot as anyone to challenge for 20 wins given how loaded the Nationals are and how weak the Braves and Phillies project to be this season.

Max Scherzer SP WAS 1 month ago

Scherzer struck out six over five innings and 65 pitches on Friday, allowing one run on three hits.

The Nationals' $200 million man continues to have an impressive spring, and now sports a 14:1 K:BB ratio in 14 innings. Scherzer may or may not be the club's Opening Day starter, but wherever he slots into the rotation he should put up ace-like numbers.

Max Scherzer SP WAS 2 months ago

Scherzer allowed one run over two innings in his Nationals spring debut on Thursday, striking out two.

Other than a John Mayberry Jr. solo shot it was a strong first outing for Scherzer, who topped out at 95 mph with his fastball. All signs point to another Cy Young-caliber season from the right-hander in 2015.

Max Scherzer SP WAS 2 months ago

Scherzer will get the start for the Nationals' spring opener on Thursday, and is expected to throw two innings, the Washington Post reports.

This isn't necessarily an indication that Scherzer will also get the Opening Day assignment, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Nats hand their new $200 million man a spot at the top of their rotation.

Max Scherzer SP WAS 2 months ago

Scherzer has added a cutter to his arsenal, per Tyler Kepner of The New York Times.

Opponents hit .314/.486/.559 against Scherzer when ahead in the count in 2014, so this is likely an effort to produce a pitch that can be reliably thrown in the zone for strikes and induce weak contact. Fantasy-wise, that would, if anything, deplete Scherzer's unreal strikeout numbers because he'd try to induce more contact rather than pitch around the hitter with fastballs and a favored secondary option (slider vs. RHH, changeups vs. LHH). However, if effective, this would still make Scherzer a better pitcher and that loss of strikeouts would be counter balanced by ERA and WHIP increases.

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Scherzer has agreed to a seven-year contract with Washington worth more than $180 million, Ken Rosenthal of reports.

The addition of Scherzer gives the Nationals an impressive rotation that also includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister. It's not clear if the Nationals will move Tanner Roard to the bullpen or try to trade a starter. Scherzer's strikeout totals will benefit from the move to the NL and he'll be one of the top starting pitching options in NL fantasy drafts.

Max Scherzer SP WAS 5 months ago

Scherzer declined the Tigers' $15.3 million qualifying offer Monday, Chris Iott of reports.

Scherzer wasn't expected to accept the offer, as he should easily command more money on the open market. The 29-year-old starter posted a 3.15 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with 252 strikeouts in 220.1 innings en route to an 18-5 record last season. He will likely have multiple teams vying for his services in the offseason, as he should be one of the top starting pitchers on the market in free agency.