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Max Scherzer
ERA W-L K
2.25 12-5 220
Team: WashingtonHt / Wt: 6-3 / 215 NFBC ADP: 13.30
Position: SPBorn: 7/27/1984 Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: 1st Round by Diamondbacks (2006)


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Aug. 18 5:47 PM PT6:47 PM MT7:47 PM CT8:47 PM ET20:47 ET0:47 GMT8:47 5:47 PM MST7:47 PM EST8:17 PM VEN4:47 UAE (+1)7:47 PM CT-Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start Friday night and placed on the 10-day DL due to a sore neck.
Analysis: Scherzer was coming off a 10-strikeout performance against San Francisco. He is 12-5 with a 2.25 ERA this season.
Aug. 14 8:23 AM PT9:23 AM MT10:23 AM CT11:23 AM ET11:23 ET15:23 GMT23:23 8:23 AM MST10:23 AM EST10:53 AM VEN19:23 UAE10:23 AM CT-Max Scherzer allowed two runs on five hits and one walk in 7.0 innings as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Sunday. Scherzer struck out 10, ending the game with a 2.25 ERA and 0.85 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: The numbers Scherzer is putting up against right-handers continue to be laughable. Righties are hitting .125 with a .390 OPS against the Cy Young frontrunner.
Aug. 7 8:51 PM PT9:51 PM MT10:51 PM CT11:51 PM ET23:51 ET3:51 GMT11:51 8:51 PM MST10:51 PM EST11:21 PM VEN7:51 UAE (+1)10:51 PM CT-Max Scherzer allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in 7.0 innings as the Washington Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Monday. Scherzer struck out nine, ending the game with a 2.23 ERA and 0.85 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Though unable to get the win, Scherzer showed no lingering effects from the neck spasms that forced him out of last week's start against the Marlins after one inning. It's the Washington ace's 18th quality start in 23 outings this season, and the 16th time in which he's registered at least nine strikeouts.
Aug. 1 5:15 PM PT6:15 PM MT7:15 PM CT8:15 PM ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 PM MST7:15 PM EST7:45 PM VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 PM CT-Scherzer (stiff neck) won't take his regular turn on Sunday, but is improving and hopes to start Monday against Miami.
Analysis: The two-time Cy Young Award winner and five-time All-Star is being plagued by a stiff neck, an injury that caused him to exit Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins in the second inning. Despite the early exit, Scherzer (12-5, 2.21 ERA) didn't seem overly concerned with his health issue.
July 27 1:27 PM PT2:27 PM MT3:27 PM CT4:27 PM ET16:27 ET20:27 GMT4:27 1:27 PM MST3:27 PM EST3:57 PM VEN0:27 UAE (+1)3:27 PM CT-Max Scherzer improved to 12-5, allowing one run on three hits and three walks in 6.0 innings, as the Washington Nationals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 15-2 on Thursday. Scherzer struck out nine, ending the game with a 2.23 ERA and 0.85 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Scherzer's season strikeout total is now up to 201 - his sixth consecutive season with at least 200, the longest active streak in the majors. He next takes the ball Tuesday at Miami, and in his only start of the season against the Marlins on June 21, he allowed two unearned runs in eight innings while striking out 11 in a 2-1 loss.
July 22 9:35 AM PT10:35 AM MT11:35 AM CT12:35 PM ET12:35 ET16:35 GMT0:35 9:35 AM MST11:35 AM EST12:05 PM VEN20:35 UAE11:35 AM CT-Max Scherzer allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks in 5.0 innings as the Washington Nationals lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 on Friday. Scherzer struck out nine, ending the game with a 2.26 ERA and 0.84 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Scherzer had allowed just one home run in 34 2/3 innings over five starts before he surrendered the three home runs on his first 10 pitches. The All-Star right-hander and two-time Cy Young Award winner was tagged for three homers in a game for the first time since May 6, 2016, against the Chicago Cubs, when he allowed four.
July 15 8:32 PM PT9:32 PM MT10:32 PM CT11:32 PM ET23:32 ET3:32 GMT11:32 8:32 PM MST10:32 PM EST11:02 PM VEN7:32 UAE (+1)10:32 PM CT-Max Scherzer improved to 11-5, allowing three hits and four walks over 6.0 scoreless innings, as the Washington Nationals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 10-7 on Saturday. Scherzer struck out 10, ending the game with a 2.01 ERA and 0.80 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Scherzer had his 12th game of the season and 61st of his career with at least 10 strikeouts. He's 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA in his last four starts, walking seven and fanning 38 over 26 2/3 innings.
July 12 9:18 PM PT10:18 PM MT11:18 PM CT12:18 AM ET0:18 ET4:18 GMT12:18 9:18 PM MST11:18 PM EST11:48 PM VEN8:18 UAE11:18 PM CT-Scherzer allowed one hit without giving up a run in 1.0 inning as the NL All-Stars lost to the AL All-Stars 2-1 on Tuesday. Scherzer struck out two, ending the game with a 0.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Scherzer got the start for the NL.
July 7 8:29 PM PT9:29 PM MT10:29 PM CT11:29 PM ET23:29 ET3:29 GMT11:29 8:29 PM MST10:29 PM EST10:59 PM VEN7:29 UAE (+1)10:29 PM CT-Max Scherzer allowed four runs on six hits and one walk in 7.2 innings as the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Friday. Scherzer struck out 10, ending the game with a 2.10 ERA and 0.78 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: The Nationals bailed Scherzer out by scoring three times in the ninth to send the game to extras. It was the eighth time in nine starts and the 11th time this season Scherzer recorded 10 or more strikeouts, and he leads the NL with 173 strikeouts.
July 3 9:54 AM PT10:54 AM MT11:54 AM CT12:54 PM ET12:54 ET16:54 GMT0:54 9:54 AM MST11:54 AM EST12:24 PM VEN20:54 UAE11:54 AM CT-Max Scherzer improved to 10-5, allowing two hits and two walks over 7.0 scoreless innings, as the Washington Nationals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 on Sunday. Scherzer struck out 12, ending the game with a 1.94 ERA and 0.77 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Scherzer only allowed singles by Greg Garcia in the first and pinch hitter Luke Voit in the fifth. Voit's hit was just the 25th off Scherzer this year by right-handed batters, who are hitting .118 against him. Scherzer's 163 strikeouts lead the NL, including 87 in 61 innings over his last eight starts as he's posted an 0.89 ERA.
June 27 8:01 PM PT9:01 PM MT10:01 PM CT11:01 PM ET23:01 ET3:01 GMT11:01 8:01 PM MST10:01 PM EST10:31 PM VEN7:01 UAE (+1)10:01 PM CT-Scherzer improved to 9-5, allowing one run on two hits in 6.0 innings, as the Washington Nationals defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Tuesday. Scherzer struck out six, ending the game with a 2.06 ERA and 0.78 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: The right-hander allowed an earned run in the first inning for the first time since April and his streak of 10-plus strikeout games ended at six, but he was in control almost all night.
June 21 12:39 PM PT1:39 PM MT2:39 PM CT3:39 PM ET15:39 ET19:39 GMT3:39 12:39 PM MST2:39 PM EST3:09 PM VEN23:39 UAE2:39 PM CT-Max Scherzer fell to 8-5, allowing two runs - zero earned - on two hits and one walk in 8.0 innings, as the Washington Nationals lost to the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Wednesday. Scherzer struck out 11, ending the game with a 2.09 ERA and 0.81 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Scherzer had his attempt at a third career no-hitter broken up by backup catcher A.J. Ellis, who hit a comebacker for an infield single with one out in the eighth inning. He reached double figures in strikeouts for the sixth game in a row, the team's longest such streak since the franchise moved to Washington for the 2005 season. Scherzer's ERA is the best in the NL, and he also leads the league with 145 strikeouts.
June 16 8:57 PM PT9:57 PM MT10:57 PM CT11:57 PM ET23:57 ET3:57 GMT11:57 8:57 PM MST10:57 PM EST11:27 PM VEN7:57 UAE (+1)10:57 PM CT-Scherzer improved to 8-4, allowing one run on four hits and two walks in 8.0 innings, as the Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets 7-2 on Friday. Scherzer struck out 10, ending the game with a 2.26 ERA and 0.84 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Over his last five starts, Scherzer is 4-1 with a 1.13 ERA, a stretch in which he has struck out 58 while walking just seven over 40 innings.
June 11 5:41 PM PT6:41 PM MT7:41 PM CT8:41 PM ET20:41 ET0:41 GMT8:41 5:41 PM MST7:41 PM EST8:11 PM VEN4:41 UAE (+1)7:41 PM CT-Max Scherzer fell to 7-4, allowing three runs - two earned - on three hits and one walk in 7.1 innings, as the Washington Nationals lost to the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Sunday. Scherzer struck out 10, ending the game with a 2.36 ERA and 0.85 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Scherzer has 2,005 career strikeouts after fanning at least 10 batters seven times this season. In terms of innings pitched (1,784), Scherzer is the third-fastest to hit 2,000 strikeouts behind Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson. Scherzer has allowed three runs or fewer in eight straight starts.
June 7 11:38 PM PT12:38 AM MT1:38 AM CT2:38 AM ET2:38 ET6:38 GMT14:38 11:38 PM MST1:38 AM EST2:08 AM VEN10:38 UAE1:38 AM CT-Scherzer improved to 7-3, allowing one run - zero earned - on three hits and two walks in 7.0 innings, as the Washington Nationals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Tuesday. Scherzer struck out a season-high 14, ending the game with a 2.35 ERA and 0.88 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: It marked the 55th time Scherzer has fanned at least 10 batters in a game, the most among active pitchers. He has six such outings this season.
June 1 9:17 AM PT10:17 AM MT11:17 AM CT12:17 PM ET12:17 ET16:17 GMT0:17 9:17 AM MST11:17 AM EST11:47 AM VEN20:17 UAE11:17 AM CT-Max Scherzer improved to 6-3, allowing one run on five hits in 9.0 innings, as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Wednesday. Scherzer struck out 11, ending the game with a 2.56 ERA and 0.89 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Scherzer needed only 100 pitches to throw his first complete game of the season and seventh of his career. He came within one out of having one five days earlier against the Padres. The ace was terrific in 43 2/3 innings during May with 60 strikeouts and nine walks, going 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA.
May 26 6:53 PM PT7:53 PM MT8:53 PM CT9:53 PM ET21:53 ET1:53 GMT9:53 6:53 PM MST8:53 PM EST9:23 PM VEN5:53 UAE (+1)8:53 PM CT-Max Scherzer improved to 5-3, allowing one run on three hits and two walks in 8.2 innings, as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Friday. Scherzer struck out 13, ending the game with a 2.77 ERA and 0.94 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Scherzer had been on a three-start winless streak, though the Nationals' bullpen coughed up a late lead in two of those outings. The Washington ace has been mostly excellent this month, posting a 2.60 ERA in five May starts while racking up 49 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings.
May 20 8:09 PM PT9:09 PM MT10:09 PM CT11:09 PM ET23:09 ET3:09 GMT11:09 8:09 PM MST10:09 PM EST10:39 PM VEN7:09 UAE (+1)10:09 PM CT-Max Scherzer fell to 4-3, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks in 5.0 innings, as the Washington Nationals lost to the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on Saturday. Scherzer struck out six, ending the game with a 3.02 ERA and 0.99 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Scherzer was hurt by shaky control and a pair of homers in his shortest outing of the season, which extended his winless streak to three starts. He's still put up solid numbers during the drought, having recorded a 3.79 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP and 25 strikeouts.
May 15 6:47 AM PT7:47 AM MT8:47 AM CT9:47 AM ET9:47 ET13:47 GMT21:47 6:47 AM MST8:47 AM EST9:17 AM VEN17:47 UAE8:47 AM CT-Max Scherzer allowed three runs on nine hits in 6.0 innings as the Washington Nationals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 on Sunday. Scherzer struck out eight, ending the game with a 2.80 ERA and 0.95 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Scherzer was drilled in his left knee by Michael Saunders' shot in the fourth inning and went tumbling. After briefly climbing to his feet before returning to the ground, he was still grimacing several minutes later while being examined by a Nationals medical staff member. He eventually got to his feet, threw three warmup pitches and gave a thumbs-up sign, sending manager Dusty Baker back to the dugout.
May 9 8:24 PM PT9:24 PM MT10:24 PM CT11:24 PM ET23:24 ET3:24 GMT11:24 8:24 PM MST10:24 PM EST10:54 PM VEN7:24 UAE (+1)10:24 PM CT-Max Scherzer allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in 8.0 innings as the Washington Nationals lost to the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Tuesday. Scherzer struck out 11, ending the game with a 2.59 ERA and 0.88 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Scherzer was in line for his fifth win before his bullpen faltered Tuesday. He has notched six quality starts in seven outings, pitching at least seven innings in four of his last five games.
May 4 2:25 PM PT3:25 PM MT4:25 PM CT5:25 PM ET17:25 ET21:25 GMT5:25 2:25 PM MST4:25 PM EST4:55 PM VEN1:25 UAE (+1)4:25 PM CT-Max Scherzer improved to 4-2, allowing one run on two hits and two walks in 7.0 innings, as the Washington Nationals defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Thursday. Scherzer struck out 11, ending the game with a 2.66 ERA and 0.91 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Scherzer bounced back from his worst outing this season after giving up five runs on Travis d'Arnaud's two homers in a 7-5 loss to the Mets on Friday.
Apr. 29 10:23 PM PT11:23 PM MT12:23 AM CT1:23 AM ET1:23 ET5:23 GMT13:23 10:23 PM MST12:23 AM EST12:53 AM VEN9:23 UAE12:23 AM CT-Max Scherzer fell to 3-2, allowing five runs on nine hits and one walk in 6.0 innings, as the Washington Nationals lost to the New York Mets 7-5 on Friday. Scherzer struck out seven, ending the game with a 2.94 ERA and 0.98 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: After posting a 1.37 ERA in his first three starts, Scherzer has allowed eight runs over 14 innings in his last two - both against the Mets.
Apr. 24 12:29 PM PT1:29 PM MT2:29 PM CT3:29 PM ET15:29 ET19:29 GMT3:29 12:29 PM MST2:29 PM EST2:59 PM VEN23:29 UAE2:29 PM CT-Scherzer allowed three runs on a pair of homers in Sunday's start at the Mets, but permitted just three other hits and struck out nine over a season-high eight innings to record his third win of 2017.
Analysis: Scherzer's first two home runs surrendered this season raised his overall ERA to 1.95, but he's now opened the follow-up to last year's Cy Young campaign with four consecutive quality starts. The Washington ace has struck out at least seven in all four outings as well.
Apr. 18 8:31 PM PT9:31 PM MT10:31 PM CT11:31 PM ET23:31 ET3:31 GMT11:31 8:31 PM MST10:31 PM EST11:01 PM VEN7:31 UAE (+1)10:31 PM CT-Scherzer pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings and the Washington Nationals handed Atlanta its first loss at SunTrust Park, escaping a major jam in the ninth to beat the Braves 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Scherzer (2-1) got an inning-ending double play to work around his only serious trouble in the fourth. The 2016 NL Cy Young Award winner allowed only one other runner as far as second base, finishing with seven strikeouts.
Apr. 12 6:46 PM PT7:46 PM MT8:46 PM CT9:46 PM ET21:46 ET1:46 GMT9:46 6:46 PM MST8:46 PM EST9:16 PM VEN5:46 UAE (+1)8:46 PM CT-Scherzer (1-1) allowed three runs (one earned) and four hits with 10 strikeouts in six innings in Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Cardinals.
Analysis: Scherzer struggled with his command, throwing three wild pitches and hitting a batter while walking two for a second straight start. However, the ace dropped his ERA to 2.13.
Apr. 7 5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET20:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST7:30 PM VEN4:00 UAE (+1)7:00 PM CT-Scherzer (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits, striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings in Friday's 7-6 win over the Phillies. He left with a six-run lead, but the relievers allowed four runs, a day after giving up leads in the eighth and ninth innings in a 4-3 loss to Miami in 10 innings.
Analysis: Scherzer, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, waited until the fourth game to take the mound because a broken knuckle set him back in spring training.
Mar. 27 3:39 PM PT4:39 PM MT5:39 PM CT6:39 PM ET18:39 ET22:39 GMT6:39 3:39 PM MST5:39 PM EST6:09 PM VEN2:39 UAE (+1)5:39 PM CT-Scherzer threw five scoreless innings Monday, allowing two hits while striking out seven.
Analysis: He's on track to start the third game of the season April 6 against the Marlins.
Feb. 16 2:14 PM PT3:14 PM MT4:14 PM CT5:14 PM ET17:14 ET22:14 GMT6:14 3:14 PM MST5:14 PM EST5:44 PM VEN2:14 UAE (+1)4:14 PM CT-Saying his finger finally feels normal, Scherzer proclaimed himself healed following his first Grapefruit League start Wednesday.
Analysis: A stress fracture in the knuckle of the ring finger on his pitching hand slowed Scherzer's development this spring and caused him to grip his fastball with the middle three fingers on to instead of the usual index and middle fingers as a means to avoid pain. Scherzer will make two more starts before the regular season begins, but the NL Cy Young award winner won't be the opening day starter. "Right now we've kind of got Max slated as the No. 3 starter," Dusty Baker said.

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 20 7 0 - 0 34 34 1 228.1 165 77 75 31 56 2 284 0.97 2.96
2017 Was 12 5 0 - 0 24 24 2 160.1 97 46 40 19 39 1 220 0.85 2.25
Career 137 74 0 - 0 298 289 8 1856.2 1560 735 679 210 518 12 2101 1.12 3.29

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 34 70 4 13 1 0 0 12 2 30 0 0 .186 .208 .200
2017 Was 24 48 3 10 0 0 1 5 4 11 0 0 .208 .269 .271
Career 301 266 16 51 4 0 1 21 12 87 0 0 .192 .227 .218

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
2016 Was Total 0 1 0 - 0 2 2 0 12.0 10 5 5 3 2 0 12 3.75
    LDS 0 1 0 - 0 2 2 0 12.0 10 5 5 3 2 0 12 3.75
Career 4 4 0 - 0 14 12 0 74.2 56 32 31 8 27 1 92 3.74

Hitting Statistics
Year Team Round G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2016 Was Total 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
    LDS 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Career 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000


Pitching Velocity

Pitch TypePitchesMaxMinAvgPct
Fastball 1194 98 90 94.1 48.48
Curveball 200 81 74 77.6 8.12
Slider 737 91 82 86.2 29.92
Changeup 332 89 79 85 13.48

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