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Max Scherzer

33-Year-Old Pitcher – Washington Nationals

2017 Stats

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16-6

ERA

2.51

WHIP

0.90

K

268

SV

0

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For the fourth time in the last five seasons, Scherzer posted an ERA below 3.00 and a WHIP below 1.00 while throwing 200 or more innings. Since the start of the Expansion Era in 1961, only four other ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 215   DOB: 7/27/1984   BORN: St. Louis, MO   COLLEGE: Missouri   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Max Scherzer Contract Information:

Scherzer agreed to a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals in January of 2015.

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Scherzer will be available out of the bullpen if he's needed for Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday, Paul Sullivan of The Chicago Tribune reports.

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Max Scherzer Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2007 22 A VIS 3 3 0 17.0 5 1 0 30 2 2 0 0 0.53 0.41
2007 22 AA MOB 14 14 0 73.7 64 32 3 76 40 4 4 0 3.91 1.41
2008 23 AAA TUC 13 10 0 53.0 35 16 2 79 22 1 1 0 2.72 1.08
2008 23 MAJ ARI 17 7 0 56.0 48 19 5 66 21 0 4 0 3.05 1.23
2009 24 A VIS 1 1 0 4.7 1 1 0 5 4 0 0 0 2.14 1.07
2009 24 MAJ ARI 31 30 0 170.3 166 78 20 174 63 9 11 0 4.12 1.34
2010 25 AAA TOL 2 2 0 15.0 4 1 0 17 2 2 0 0 0 0 0.60 0.40
2010 25 MAJ DET 31 31 0 195.7 174 76 20 184 70 12 11 0 0 0 3.50 1.25
2011 26 MAJ DET 33 33 0 195.0 207 96 29 174 56 15 9 0 0 0 4.43 1.35
2012 27 MAJ DET 32 32 0 187.7 179 78 23 231 60 16 7 0 0 0 3.74 1.27
2013 28 MAJ DET 32 32 0 214.3 152 69 18 240 56 21 3 0 0 0 2.90 0.97
2014 29 MAJ DET 33 33 1 220.3 196 77 18 252 63 18 5 0 0 0 3.15 1.18
2015 30 MAJ WAS 33 33 3 228.7 176 71 27 276 34 14 12 0 0 0 2.79 0.92
2016 31 MAJ WAS 34 34 0 228.3 165 75 31 284 56 20 7 0 0 0 2.96 0.97
2017 32 MAJ WAS 31 31 0 200.7 126 56 22 268 55 16 6 0 0 0 2.51 0.90
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3-Year Averages     32 32 1 219.2 155 67 26 276 48 16 8 0 0 0 2.75 0.93
Career  (View All)     307 296 4 1,897.0 1,589 695 213 2,149 534 141 75 0 3.30 1.12

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Max Scherzer Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Sep. 30 Pit 3.3 1 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.51 0.90
Sep. 24 @NYM 6.0 3 1 1 1 1 10 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.55 0.91
Sep. 19 @Atl 7.0 5 2 2 0 1 7 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.59 0.91
Sep. 13 Atl 6.0 7 7 7 0 6 7 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.59 0.92
Sep. 8 Phi 6.0 6 4 4 1 3 7 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.32 0.87
Sep. 2 @Mil 5.0 2 1 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.19 0.85
Aug. 28 Mia 7.0 5 1 1 1 2 10 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.21 0.85
Aug. 13 SF 7.0 5 2 2 1 1 10 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.25 0.85
Aug. 7 Mia 7.0 5 2 2 1 2 9 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.23 0.85
Aug. 1 @Mia 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.21 0.84
Last 14 Games (Team)
3 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.4 IP/G
16.3 9 3 3 1 3 22 0 0 0 2-0 0 0 0 1.65 0.73
Last 30 Games (Team)
6 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.6 IP/G
33.3 24 15 15 2 14 38 1 0 0 3-1 0 0 0 4.05 1.14
Last 60 Games (Team)
10 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.5 IP/G
55.3 39 20 20 5 19 67 2 0 0 4-1 0 0 0 3.25 1.05

Max Scherzer Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2017420110388018016.215
20164631184210024417.242
20154731262510125213.230

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201736015817461226.136
2016439166146513014.156
201542615097515114.184

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201797.064013227113.251.00
2016102.083013424102.560.93
2015110.057012518153.440.95

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2017103.7102013628111.820.81
2016126.3124015032213.281.00
2015118.795015116122.200.88
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Max Scherzer Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2007 22 A VIS 3 3 17.0 15.88 1.06 15.00 0.00 85.7% 0.53 0.20 .218
2007 22 AA MOB 14 14 73.7 9.29 4.89 1.90 0.37 71.3% 3.91 3.46 .316
2008 23 AAA TUC 13 10 53.0 13.42 3.74 3.59 0.34 74.5% 2.72 2.07 .319
2008 23 MAJ ARI 17 7 56.0 10.61 3.38 3.14 0.80 1.15 78.1% 94.2 MPH 3.05 3.17 .319
2009 24 A VIS 1 1 4.7 9.64 7.71 1.25 0.00 80% 2.14 3.63 .109
2009 24 MAJ ARI 31 30 170.3 9.19 3.33 2.76 1.06 1.05 72.2% 93.6 MPH 4.12 3.83 .323
2010 25 AAA TOL 2 2 15.0 10.20 1.20 8.50 0.00 83.3% 0.60 1.33 .137
2010 25 MAJ DET 31 31 195.7 8.46 3.22 2.63 0.92 1.11 75% 93.2 MPH 3.50 3.83 .295
2011 26 MAJ DET 33 33 195.0 8.03 2.58 3.11 1.34 1.02 71.4% 93.1 MPH 4.43 4.32 .321
2012 27 MAJ DET 32 32 187.7 11.08 2.88 3.85 1.10 0.89 74.5% 94.3 MPH 3.74 3.37 .343
2013 28 MAJ DET 32 32 214.3 10.08 2.35 4.29 0.76 0.83 73.2% 93.3 MPH 2.90 2.89 .269
2014 29 MAJ DET 33 33 220.3 10.29 2.57 4.00 0.74 0.94 75.5% 92.8 MPH 3.15 2.91 .325
2015 30 MAJ WAS 33 33 228.7 10.86 1.34 8.12 1.06 0.93 76% 94.2 MPH 2.79 2.83 .288
2016 31 MAJ WAS 34 34 228.3 11.19 2.21 5.07 1.22 0.79 76.8% 94.3 MPH 2.96 3.29 .271
2017 32 MAJ WAS 31 31 200.7 12.02 2.47 4.87 0.99 0.93 78.6% 94.1 MPH 2.51 2.94 .259
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3-Year Averages     32 32 219.2 11.33 1.97 5.75 1.07 76.8% 2.75 2.88 .274
Career     307 296 1,897.0 10.20 2.53 4.02 1.01 74.8% 3.30 3.27 .301

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Max Scherzer Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 P 228.7 -1 15 -1 0 110 0 0 0
2016 P 228.3 0 11 0 0 102 -1 0 0
2017 P 200.7 -1 8 -1 0 97 -1 0 0
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 P 0 0 0 1 -1 0 0
2016 P 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
2017 P 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -1

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2017 Stat Review for Max Scherzer    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

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4.87 K/BB
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12.02 K/9
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2.47 BB/9
GOOD
94.1 MPH Fastball
GREAT
1.0 HR/9
GOOD
0.93 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE FLYBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

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2.51 ERA
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0.90 WHIP
ELITE
2.94 FIP
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BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.259 BABIP
LOW
78.6% Strand Rate
HIGH

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Max Scherzer: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Scherzer (hamstring) was named as the starter for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Monday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

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Scherzer (hamstring) will likely take the mound for Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

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Scherzer (hamstring) will toss a bullpen session Thursday, Mark Gonzales of The Chicago Tribune reports.

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Scherzer (hamstring) was able to play catch on flat ground Wednesday but did not partake in his previously planned bullpen session, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

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Scherzer (hamstring) is hoping to start Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cubs, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

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Scherzer (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

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Scherzer (hamstring) threw off flat ground using his pitching motion Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

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Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Scherzer's hamstring injury will likely impact the team's rotation order for the NLDS, the Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

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2017

Scherzer posted his second straight season with a sub-3.00 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP, his third straight with more than 250 strikeouts, his fourth straight with more than 210 innings pitched, and his second 20-win campaign en route to his second Cy Young Award, becoming the sixth pitcher in history to win the award in each league. In fact, his 11.2 K/9 rate was the best of his career, and while his BB/9 and HR/9 rates showed some regression, the former in particular has a long way to go before it will be anything close to a concern. Scherzer has become the prototype of a modern ace, and his presence at the top of the Nats' rotation allows them to weather Stephen Strasburg's annual DL trips better than most other organizations could. As long as the stress fracture in his finger suffered over the winter is healed by spring training, he should remain one of the majors' truly elite starting pitchers.

2016

It's fair to say that the Nationals got their money's worth from Scherzer. After signing a massive seven-year, $210 million contract in the offseason, the former Tiger ace was utterly dominant in the first half, posting a 2.11 ERA and 0.78 WHIP while winning 10 games. His numbers slid a bit after the All-Star break, but Scherzer still finished the season with career-bests in innings, ERA, WHIP, strikeouts and walks. He also threw two no-hitters, missing a perfect game each time by one baserunner, and his 17-K, zero-BB performance in the second one ranks as one of the greatest starts of all time. The 31-year-old right-hander will have a hard time coming up with an encore, but he may not have to. If the Nats get better health from their offense and better play under new manager Dusty Baker, Scherzer could improve significantly on last year's 14 wins even if his other numbers erode.

2015

Scherzer backed up his 2013 Cy Young campaign with another stellar season for the Tigers. He finished 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA and 1.18 WHIP while setting career-highs in strikeouts (252) and innings (220.1). His 2.91 FIP was right on line with the 2.89 FIP posted in 2013, but Scherzer didnít have as much luck with BABIP (.325) this time around. Scherzer continued to rely heavily on his fastball, which setup his changeup, slider and a curveball he used more than in past seasons. The 30-year-old righty hit free agency in the midst of his prime. For a starting pitcher his age, Scherzer has a surprising light workload of 1,239 innings, and he has proven to be very durable the last few years. He'll move to the NL after signing a seven-year deal with Washington. He should be among the strikeout leaders once again with the Nationals and a topnotch option to lead any fantasy staff.

2014

Based on the strong advanced metrics (9.4 K/9, 3.56 xFIP) that he has posted throughout his career, pundits have been clamoring for Scherzer to hit that next level for years. Not only did the long-awaited breakout from Scherzer fully materialize in 2013, but he exceeded even the most optimistic of projections. The 28-year-old starter took home the AL Cy Young Award after leading the league in wins (21) and WHIP (0.97) while finishing second in strikeouts (240) and fifth in ERA (2.90). His fastball continued to hover in the mid-90s with movement and his slider developed from a solid pitch to one of the more elite breaking balls in the majors. Scherzer also improved his walk rate, allowing a career-best 2.4 BB/9. His improvements across the board can be attributed to his continued refinement of a more consistent delivery, which has corralled some of the wildness displayed earlier in his career while allowing his electric stuff to post more consistent results. The Tigers freed up a significant portion of their future budget by trading Prince Fielder to Texas, opening up the possibility of long-term extension to keep him in Detroit. Scherzer appears headed for another strikeout-heavy campaign filled with plenty of fantasy value.

2013

Early-season struggles made it seem like Scherzer might have another roller coaster campaign in 2012, but he righted the ship after a brutal month of April to post his best season as a pro. In 27 starts from May 5 through the end of the season, Scherzer went 15-4 with a 3.14 ERA and 204 strikeouts over 163.1 innings. He saw a huge jump in strikeouts, finishing second in the majors to teammate Justin Verlander with 231 strikeouts while posting a league-best 11.1 K/9. Other than his slider becoming slightly more effective, Scherzer's arsenal remained consistent to what we have seen from him in past seasons - he was just able to corral everything together better in 2012. At 28, Scherzer is in his prime, and while we might see a slight dip in his strikeouts, he has all the tools to replicate the overall success we saw from him in 2012.

2012

The 27-year-old failed to live up to the promise he showed in the second half of the 2010 season, but Scherzer was still able to put together a solid campaign in 2011. He finished the year 15-9 with a 4.43 ERA, 1.349 WHIP and 174 strikeouts in 195 innings. Once considered a problem area, Scherzer was able to refine his control last season, finishing with a career-best mark of 2.58 BB/9IP. His increase in ERA may give some pause, but Scherzer's xFIP (3.70) shows that he was close to the same pitcher as in 2010. While Scherzer hasn't taken that next step yet, he has the necessary arsenal to reach higher levels of production than we've seen since from him so far. Target him as a middle-of-the-rotation option with hopes he starts fulfilling some of his potential.

2011

Scherzer's debut season with the Tigers got off to a rocky start, as the 25-year-old righty saw a dip in fastball velocity and had difficulty commanding his breaking ball during the first two months of the season. As a result, Detroit sent Scherzer on a short stint to Triple-A Toledo to right the ship. After rediscovering both his velocity and slider during his trip to Toledo, Scherzer came back to the big leagues stronger than at any other point in his young career. Over the course of his final 23 starts, Scherzer went 11-7 with a 2.46 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 153.2 innings. With his solid strikeout rate (8.5 K/9IP) and continued improvement in control (3.2 BB/9IP), the former first-round pick remains a strong middle-of-the rotation option, but it's his potential to develop into an ace that should make him an attractive target on draft day.

2010

Scherzer made strides in his second full season in the Arizona rotation, making 30 starts before the D-Backs shut him down in an effort to protect his arm. Starting pitchers who can strike out more than a batter per inning (9.19 K/9IP) with ample command (3.33 BB/9IP) are few and far between, which made it surprising when he was traded to Detroit last winter. Scherzer continues to look the part of the front-line starter that the D-Backs were hoping for when they drafted him 11th overall in 2006. With Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander, Detroit could have one of the strongest rotation trios if Scherzer continues to develop. Don't be surprised if he significantly increases his win total this season as the Tigers will be able to let him take on a full 200-inning workload and to pitch deeper into games after Arizona handled him with kid gloves during his first two seasons.

2009

When healthy, Scherzer was as good as advertised for the D-Backs during his rookie season, dominating hitters to the tune of a 10.61 K/9IP mark in his first 56 major league innings. Splitting the season between Arizona and Triple-A, Scherzer spent time as a starter and in the bullpen at both levels, but the organization clearly views him as a starter in the D-Backs' 2009 rotation, as he was sent to the Arizona Fall League to increase innings count as well as continue the development of his secondary pitches, which include an improving change-up and slider to go along with his excellent fastball. The added work during the fall should enable Scherzer to provide 170-plus innings and cement his place as one of the team's top four starters, while the long-term outlook is very promising as he could emerge as the frontline replacement for Brandon Webb down the road.

2008

Scherzer had an impressive professional debut as a starter after finally inking a deal with Arizona last May. He tore up High-A Visalia, as he should have considering that he was already 22, before fanning more than a batter per inning in 14 starts at Double-A Mobile. The D-Backs had Scherzer pitch in relief during the Arizona Fall League, while there have been debates in the past about whether he'd be more effective as a closer than a starter in the majors. Following the departure of Jose Valverde in a trade to Houston and the acquistion Dan Haren from Oakland, it seems as though closer might be the fast track to having him in the bigs for good, but keep an eye on whether he's pushing to break camp with Arizona during spring training, or if they're grooming him to be a starter at Triple-A.