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Max Scherzer
ERA W-L K
2.92 10-6 181
Team: WashingtonHt / Wt: 6-3 / 211 NFBC ADP: 14.98
Position: SPBorn: 7/27/1984 Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: 1st Round by Diamondbacks (2006)


Latest News
July 17 8:25 PM PT9:25 PM MT10:25 PM CT11:25 PM ET23:25 ET3:25 GMT11:25 8:25 PM MST10:25 PM EST10:55 PM VEN7:25 UAE (+1)10:25 PM CT-Scherzer allowed one run and struck out seven over seven innings of a 2-1, 18-inning loss to Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Scherzer is 2-1 with a stellar 0.66 ERA in his last four starts. He's fanned 33 and walked seven over 27 1/3 innings during that stretch.
July 9 8:04 PM PT9:04 PM MT10:04 PM CT11:04 PM ET23:04 ET3:04 GMT11:04 8:04 PM MST10:04 PM EST10:34 PM VEN7:04 UAE (+1)10:04 PM CT-Scherzer gave up three hits and an unearned run in seven innings in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Mets.
Analysis: Scherzer (10-6) joined fellow Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg (12-0) in having 10 wins before the All-Star break. Scherzer is 2-1 with a 0.44 ERA in his last three starts, striking out 26 over 20 1/3 innings.
July 8 1:58 PM PT2:58 PM MT3:58 PM CT4:58 PM ET16:58 ET20:58 GMT4:58 1:58 PM MST3:58 PM EST4:28 PM VEN0:58 UAE (+1)3:58 PM CT-Scherzer will replace teammate Stephen Strasburg on the NL roster for the All-Star Game.
Analysis: Scherzer (9-6, 3.21 ERA) will make his fourth straight appearance in the Midsummer Classic.
July 4 4:34 PM PT5:34 PM MT6:34 PM CT7:34 PM ET19:34 ET23:34 GMT7:34 4:34 PM MST6:34 PM EST7:04 PM VEN3:34 UAE (+1)6:34 PM CT-In Monday's 1-0 loss to Milwaukee, he threw 114 pitches in six innings, and gave up four hits while striking out seven and walking three.
Analysis: In three of his past four starts, he hasn't lasted more than six innings. "I just haven't been quite as efficient over the past couple of outings," Scherzer said. "I'm kind of scratching my head over that."
June 30 8:38 AM PT9:38 AM MT10:38 AM CT11:38 AM ET11:38 ET15:38 GMT23:38 8:38 AM MST10:38 AM EST11:08 AM VEN19:38 UAE10:38 AM CT-Scherzer allowed two hits while striking out 10 over 7 1/3 innings in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Mets.
Analysis: Scherzer bounced back nicely after giving up five runs over six innings in a 5-3 loss at Milwaukee in his previous starts.
June 25 10:21 PM PT11:21 PM MT12:21 AM CT1:21 AM ET1:21 ET5:21 GMT13:21 10:21 PM MST12:21 AM EST12:51 AM VEN9:21 UAE12:21 AM CT-Scherzer recorded his third consecutive start with double-digit strikeouts Friday in Milwaukee, though he was tagged for five runs in six innings to take the loss.
Analysis: Scherzer had allowed just four runs total over his previous four starts, compiling a 3-0 record and 1.29 ERA over that stretch. The long ball continues to be a problem, though, as he's now surrendered an major league-leading 20 after the Brewers connected for two.
June 19 10:49 AM PT11:49 AM MT12:49 PM CT1:49 PM ET13:49 ET17:49 GMT1:49 10:49 AM MST12:49 PM EST1:19 PM VEN21:49 UAE12:49 PM CT-Scherzer struck out 10 and allowed one run in six innings before the Padres rallied for a 7-3 win over the Nationals on Saturday.
Analysis: Scherzer is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in June and has 38 strikeouts in 28 innings.
June 14 9:01 AM PT10:01 AM MT11:01 AM CT12:01 PM ET12:01 ET16:01 GMT0:01 9:01 AM MST11:01 AM EST11:31 AM VEN20:01 UAE11:01 AM CT-Scherzer dominated the major league-best Cubs on Monday, retiring the first 16 batters and striking out 11 in seven innings of a 4-1 win.
Analysis: The right-hander's bid for a third career no-hitter ended when Addison Russell homered in the sixth, and the only other batter to reach against him was Anthony Rizzo, who doubled in the seventh. Scherzer became the 26th pitcher in baseball history to have 40 games with at least 10 strikeouts. He has won three straight starts, allowing three runs over 22 innings with 28 Ks.
June 9 8:49 AM PT9:49 AM MT10:49 AM CT11:49 AM ET11:49 ET15:49 GMT23:49 8:49 AM MST10:49 AM EST11:19 AM VEN19:49 UAE10:49 AM CT-Scherzer threw seven scoreless innings in the Nationals' 11-4 win over the White Sox, walking one and striking out six while improving to 7-4.
Analysis: Starting with his 20-strikeout game against Detroit on May 11, Scherzer has a 2.58 ERA in his last six outings. Opponents are hitting .175 against him in that span.
June 2 12:14 PM PT1:14 PM MT2:14 PM CT3:14 PM ET15:14 ET19:14 GMT3:14 12:14 PM MST2:14 PM EST2:44 PM VEN23:14 UAE2:14 PM CT-Scherzer fanned 11 in eight innings Wednesday in a 7-2 win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: Scherzer (6-4, 3.87 ERA) allowed two runs after giving up five in seven innings in a 6-2 loss to St. Louis on May 27. He has alternated wins and losses in each of his last seven starts.
May 28 9:04 AM PT10:04 AM MT11:04 AM CT12:04 PM ET12:04 ET16:04 GMT0:04 9:04 AM MST11:04 AM EST11:34 AM VEN20:04 UAE11:04 AM CT-Scherzer allowed five runs in seven innings Friday and fell to 5-4.
Analysis: Scherzer allowed two earned runs in each of his previous three starts including his 20-strikeout gem on May 11 in a victory over Detroit. That version didn't show early against St. Louis. He walked four batters and allowed five runs, all by the third inning.
May 18 8:31 AM PT9:31 AM MT10:31 AM CT11:31 AM ET11:31 ET15:31 GMT23:31 8:31 AM MST10:31 AM EST11:01 AM VEN19:31 UAE10:31 AM CT-Scherzer allowed just three hits in 6 1/3 innings but two of them left the ballpark Tuesday.
Analysis: Scherzer also struck out 10 in his first start since fanning a record-tying 20 against Detroit in his last outing. Kerry Wood set the modern mark of 33 strikeouts in consecutive starts in 1998.
May 11 7:12 PM PT8:12 PM MT9:12 PM CT10:12 PM ET22:12 ET2:12 GMT10:12 7:12 PM MST9:12 PM EST9:42 PM VEN6:12 UAE (+1)9:12 PM CT-Scherzer struck out 20 batters, matching the major league record for a nine-inning game as he pitched the Washington Nationals past the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Analysis: The astounding performance came in Scherzer's first outing against the Tigers, his former team. The right-hander, who pitched two no-hitters last season and struck out 17 in the second one, joined Roger Clemens (twice), Kerry Wood and Randy Johnson as the only big league pitchers to compile 20 strikeouts in nine innings.
May 7 4:22 PM PT5:22 PM MT6:22 PM CT7:22 PM ET19:22 ET23:22 GMT7:22 4:22 PM MST6:22 PM EST6:52 PM VEN3:22 UAE (+1)6:22 PM CT-Scherzer succumbed to the potent Chicago Cubs lineup in an 8-6 loss Friday.
Analysis: Scherzer (3-2, 4.60 ERA) was charged with seven runs and seven hits - including four homers - in five innings. He tossed seven scoreless innings with a season-high nine strikeouts in a 6-1 win over St. Louis on Sunday. Scherzer hadn't given up seven runs in a game since joining the Nationals last year. He surrendered 10 in 2014 when he pitched for Detroit against Kansas City.
May 2 2:58 PM PT3:58 PM MT4:58 PM CT5:58 PM ET17:58 ET21:58 GMT5:58 2:58 PM MST4:58 PM EST5:28 PM VEN1:58 UAE (+1)4:58 PM CT-Scherzer rocked the fantasy world Sunday.
Analysis: Scherzer, who grew up in suburban St. Louis, struck out nine and scattered four singles in seven innings. He didn't allow a runner past first base, earning his first win in five career starts against the Cardinals. He also went 2 for 2 at the dish.
Apr. 27 11:28 PM PT12:28 AM MT1:28 AM CT2:28 AM ET2:28 ET6:28 GMT14:28 11:28 PM MST1:28 AM EST1:58 AM VEN10:28 UAE1:28 AM CT-After all of six pitches, Scherzer had allowed a walk and a two-run homer Tuesday. And after he allowed three runs and seven hits, along with four walks, in a no-decision as Washington lost 4-3 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night, Scherzer blamed problems with controlling where his fastball goes.
Analysis: "You go through funks. Right now, this is a funk," Scherzer said. "But at the end of the day, this is an easy thing to correct. This is just a minor tweak. You get through it. And for me, I envision attacking the zone at a much higher rate my next start."
Apr. 17 4:14 PM PT5:14 PM MT6:14 PM CT7:14 PM ET19:14 ET23:14 GMT7:14 4:14 PM MST6:14 PM EST6:44 PM VEN3:14 UAE (+1)6:14 PM CT-Scherzer came up big Saturday, allowing one run and striking out seven over seven innings of an 8-1 win over the Phillies.
Analysis: Scherzer is 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA with 20 strikeouts over his three starts.
Apr. 12 3:49 PM PT4:49 PM MT5:49 PM CT6:49 PM ET18:49 ET22:49 GMT6:49 3:49 PM MST5:49 PM EST6:19 PM VEN2:49 UAE (+1)5:49 PM CT-Scherzer struggled early in Monday's 6-4 win over Atlanta, surrendering four runs through the first two innings.
Analysis: He settled down and didn't allow any more over the next four, finishing with six hits allowed while walking three and striking out six.
Apr. 5 2:59 PM PT3:59 PM MT4:59 PM CT5:59 PM ET17:59 ET21:59 GMT5:59 2:59 PM MST4:59 PM EST5:29 PM VEN1:59 UAE (+1)4:59 PM CT-Scherzer gave up two solo home runs but only one other hit in seven innings in Monday's season opener.
Analysis: He didn't factor into the decision after walking two and striking out seven.
Mar. 13 9:48 AM PT10:48 AM MT11:48 AM CT12:48 PM ET12:48 ET16:48 GMT0:48 9:48 AM MST11:48 AM EST12:18 PM VEN20:48 UAE10:48 AM CT-Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker confirmed the obvious Sunday: Scherzer will be the team's opening day starter April 4 in Atlanta.
Analysis: It will be the second consecutive opening day start for Scherzer, who signed a seven-year, $210 million contract prior to last season. He went 14-12 with a 2.79 ERA in 2015. Scherzer also became the sixth pitcher in major league history to throw two no-hitters in the same season. He no-hit the Pirates on June 20 and the Mets on Oct 4.
Mar. 3 1:46 PM PT2:46 PM MT3:46 PM CT4:46 PM ET16:46 ET21:46 GMT5:46 2:46 PM MST4:46 PM EST5:16 PM VEN1:46 UAE (+1)3:46 PM CT-Scherzer tossed two scoreless innings in his spring debut in Thursday's win over the Mets.
Analysis: Scherzer, who no-hit the Mets last October in his final 2015 start, allowed one hit and struck out one.

Regular Season

Pitching Statistics
Year Team W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K WHIP ERA
2008 Ari 0 4 0 - 0 16 7 0 56.0 48 24 19 5 21 1 66 1.23 3.05
2009 Ari 9 11 0 - 0 30 30 0 170.1 166 94 78 20 63 1 174 1.34 4.12
2010 Det 12 11 0 - 0 31 31 0 195.2 174 84 76 20 70 1 184 1.25 3.50
2011 Det 15 9 0 - 0 33 33 0 195.0 207 101 96 29 56 1 174 1.35 4.43
2012 Det 16 7 0 - 0 32 32 0 187.2 179 82 78 23 60 2 231 1.27 3.74
2013 Det 21 3 0 - 0 32 32 0 214.1 152 73 69 18 56 0 240 0.97 2.90
2014 Det 18 5 0 - 0 33 33 1 220.1 196 80 77 18 63 1 252 1.18 3.15
2015 Was 14 12 0 - 0 33 33 4 228.2 176 74 71 27 34 2 276 0.92 2.79
2016 Was 10 6 0 - 0 21 21 1 141.2 98 47 46 22 35 1 181 0.94 2.92
Career 115 68 0 - 0 261 252 6 1609.2 1396 659 610 182 458 10 1778 1.15 3.41

Hitting Statistics
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2008 Ari 17 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 .000 .071 .000
2009 Ari 31 53 4 12 2 0 0 3 3 17 0 0 .226 .268 .264
2010 Det 31 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2011 Det 33 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2012 Det 32 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2013 Det 32 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667
2014 Det 33 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2015 Was 34 69 4 15 0 0 0 0 2 23 0 0 .217 .239 .217
2016 Was 21 43 1 5 1 0 0 3 2 19 0 0 .116 .156 .140
Career 264 191 10 33 4 0 0 7 8 65 0 0 .173 .206 .194

Postseason

Pitching Statistics
Year Team Round W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K ERA
2011 Det Total 1 1 0 - 0 4 3 0 15.2 15 10 10 1 9 0 14 5.74
    LDS 1 0 0 - 0 2 1 0 7.1 4 1 1 0 4 0 7 1.23
    LCS 0 1 0 - 0 2 2 0 8.1 11 9 9 1 5 0 7 9.72
2012 Det Total 1 0 0 - 0 3 3 0 17.1 12 5 4 1 4 0 26 2.08
    LDS 0 0 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.1 3 1 0 0 1 0 8 0.00
    LCS 1 0 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.2 2 1 1 0 2 0 10 1.59
    WS 0 0 0 - 0 1 1 0 6.1 7 3 3 1 1 0 8 4.26
2013 Det Total 2 1 0 - 0 4 3 0 22.1 12 7 7 1 11 1 34 2.82
    LDS 2 0 0 - 0 2 1 0 9.0 6 3 3 1 4 1 13 3.00
    LCS 0 1 0 - 0 2 2 0 13.1 6 4 4 0 7 0 21 2.70
2014 Det Total 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 7.1 7 5 5 2 1 0 6 6.14
    LDS 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 7.1 7 5 5 2 1 0 6 6.14
Career 4 3 0 - 0 12 10 0 62.2 46 27 26 5 25 1 80 3.73


Pitching Velocity

Pitch TypePitchesMaxMinAvgPct
Fastball 1215 98 89 94.3 54.95
Curveball 182 81 72 78.5 8.23
Slider 401 90 83 86 18.14
Changeup 296 88 77 85.2 13.39
Cut Fastball 117 92 86 88.6 5.29

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