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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.

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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.

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Scherzer has been extended a qualifying offer by the Tigers, Chris Iott of reports.

It was a virtual guarantee the Tigers were going to offer Scherzer, who figures to attract offers easily topping $100 million. Scherzer will be a tough sign for Detroit, as the team already owes more than $300 million total to Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera going forward. Wherever he lands, Scherzer will be a top pitching option in fantasy, especially if he moves to the National League.

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Scherzer will start Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday, reports.

This was little more than a formality, because, as manager Brad Ausmus said simply, Scherzer "has been our best pitcher." The 30-year-old followed up his 2013 AL Cy Young campaign by posting a 3.15 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 252 strikeouts over 33 starts (220.1 innings) for the Tigers this season. He'll be followed by Justin Verlander in Game 2 and David Price in Game 3.

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Scherzer gave up two runs and five hits over six innings to earn the win against Minnesota on Thursday. He walked four and struck out nine.

Scherzer is unlikely to win the AL Cy Young Award for the second straight year, but he still had a great season nonetheless, going 18-5, with a 3.19 ERA and 252 strikeouts in 220.1 innings. Assuming the Tigers win the AL Central title (they hold a lead of 2.5 games), Scherzer should have a huge impact on their playoff fortunes.

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Scherzer took a no-decision Monday, allowing four runs in seven innings against the Twins.

The reigning Cy Young winner was hurt by a three-run sixth inning by Minnesota. The Tigers' eight-run offensive explosion helped keep Scherzer out of the loss column Monday. Scherzer will look to bounce back when he faces the Royals this weekend in Kansas City.

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Scherzer gave up one run on seven hits and four walks with six strikeouts in 6.2 innings Tuesday against the Royals, notching his 16th win of the season.

Scherzer is having a stellar season, but he had hit a minor rough patch lately, as this was the best of his last five starts. It's hard to ask for much more from a fantasy ace, as Scherzer eclipsed 200 innings (200.1) Tuesday and has offered up a 3.19 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 232 strikeouts over that heavy workload, helping to anchor four of the five standard roto pitching categories. He'll go for his 17th win Sunday against the Indians.

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Scherzer gave up three runs -- two earned -- and four hits in six innings to take a no-decision at Cleveland on Thursday. He issued three walks and struck out six.

Scherzer was in line for the win, but Detroit's bullpen gave up a run late in the game. Since striking out 14 batters over eight scoreless innings on August 14, Scherzer had struggled in each of his previous three starts, giving up a total of 12 earned runs in just 18.2 innings. He also had a rough stretch in late May into early June, but rebounded nicely, and given his track record the last couple of years, it's reasonable to assume that he'll snap out of it over the last few weeks of the regular season, and Thursday's outing was a step in the right direction. As of now, he's scheduled to make just one start next week, squaring off against Kansas City at home, in what should be a key game for the AL Central crown.

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Scherzer was charged with six runs (five earned) on nine hits, with 11 strikeouts versus zero walks over 6.2 innings, in a loss to the White Sox in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.

The reigning AL Cy Young winner has now given up 12 earned runs in his last three outings (18.2 innings), raising his ERA close to 30 points over that span (from 2.98 to 3.26). Scherzer's still missing bats at a good clip, but he may have a hard time getting back on track in his next scheduled start, next Thursday at Cleveland. The Indians have gotten to Scherzer for 10 earned runs on 24 hits in 18.2 innings so far this season (three starts).