Max Scherzer SP WSH 5 days 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 week 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 week 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 2 weeks 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.

Max Scherzer SP WSH 3 weeks ago

Scherzer (1-0) got the win Monday against Atlanta despite allowing four runs on six hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out six.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Scherzer was shaky at first, as he issued all three walks in the first two innings, in which all four runs scored. But he settled down and finished four shutout innings after that, and he was nasty, inducing 10 swinging strikes in 100 pitches. Scherzer's ERA sits at 4.15, but more important is that he was able to recover from the shaky start and stay in the game long enough to earn the win.

Max Scherzer SP WSH 4 weeks ago

Scherzer had a strong Opening Day start, holding the Braves to two runs in seven innings while taking a no-decision.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Nationals' ace got touched up for homers by Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia, but allowed just one other hit. Scherzer should continue his strong work when he takes the mound against the Marlins this weekend.

Max Scherzer SP WSH 1 month ago

Scherzer could start the fourth game of the season for the Nationals as well as Opening Day due to a couple of early off-days, which would keep him on his normal rest, The Washington Post reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nats manager Dusty Baker hasn't made an official decision yet, but given the time Joe Ross has missed late in spring training due to a heel bruise, it might make sense to bump him and give him more time to get stretched out before he's needed in the big league rotation. Scherzer would then be poised for a two-start week right out of the gate facing the Braves on the road and the Marlins at home, a potentially nice early bonus for anyone who has him rostered.

Max Scherzer SP WSH 1 month ago

Scherzer struck out nine Cardinals in five innings during Thursday's Grapefruit League win.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He also gave up two unearned runs on three hits and three walks, but overall Scherzer appears to be just about ready for Opening Day, sporting a 1.38 ERA and 17:5 K:BB through 13 spring innings.

Max Scherzer SP WSH 2 months ago

Scherzer struck out five over four innings in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, allowing one run on two hits and a walk. He also hit two batters.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He's still working his way towards his usual regular season command, but through his first three spring appearances Scherzer now has an 8:2 K:BB ratio in eight innings. The Nationals' likely Opening Day starter seems headed for another impressive campaign.

Max Scherzer SP WSH 2 months ago

Scherzer is the preferred Opening Day starter for new Nationals manager Dusty Baker, but that hasn't been confirmed with the front office, Chelsea Janes of the Wasington Post reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The only challenger for Opening Day honors on the Nationals roster would be Stephen Strasburg, but Scherzer's reliability and multiple no-hitters in 2015 should have him firmly planted as the top starter in Washington, at least for now.