OUTMax Scherzer
SP WSH
22 hours ago

Scherzer was able to play catch while using his normal fastball grip Monday, but still felt some soreness in the knuckle at the base of his right ring finger, The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

To this point in the spring, Scherzer had been forced to grip the ball with only three fingers while throwing from flat ground, so this is progress. The Nats won't put him on a mound until he's able to throw without soreness, though, so at this point there's no timetable for when he'll be able to ramp up his activity level and start getting ready for Opening Day in earnest. Fortunately for Scherzer, the extended spring training schedule created to accommodate the WBC gives him plenty of time to get up to speed before the regular season begins, but if he is delayed too long, his workload in April could be restricted.

OUTMax Scherzer
SP WSH
6 days ago

Scherzer (knuckle) threw on flat ground Friday after being able to play catch Thursday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

He continues to work out now that the stress fracture in the knuckle of his right finger has healed. Scherzer is typically one of the first starting pitchers drafted in early fantasy mocks, but this condition is worth watching as close to draft day as possible. As long as he isn't set to miss much or any time after Opening Day, he'll remain one of the best starting pitchers to own, though any indication of a delay may nip his value slightly.

OUTMax Scherzer
SP WSH
7 days ago

Scherzer (knuckle) would not commit to being ready for Opening Day, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports.

EDGE Analysis

The stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger is healed, but he is still experiencing symptoms. Scherzer played catch Thursday and has already been throwing tennis and lacrosse balls this winter, but only moved up to throwing a baseball this week. Cautious owners may want to downgrade the Nationals' ace ever so slightly until we get a more positive report on his status for the start of the season.

OUTMax Scherzer
SP WSH
1 month ago

Scherzer was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger Monday, and will no longer participate in the World Baseball Classic, MASN's Dan Kolko reports. Despite the stress fracture, the Nationals say Scherzer will be a full participant in spring training.

EDGE Analysis

While this obviously is not great news, it sounds like the reigning NL Cy Young award winner will be ready for the start of the season. From a fantasy perspective, it also could be seen as a bit of a blessing that he will not participate in the WBC. It is worth monitoring his status as spring training approaches, but for now his draft day value should not take a hit.

OUTMax Scherzer
SP WSH
3 months 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.

OUTMax Scherzer
SP WSH
5 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.

OUTMax Scherzer
SP WSH
5 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.

OUTMax Scherzer
SP WSH
5 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.

OUTMax Scherzer
SP WSH
5 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.

OUTMax Scherzer
SP WSH
5 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.