Max Scherzer Washington Nationals

Age: 35 (July 27, 1984) | 6' 3" | 215lbs. | Throws: Right P-33 PH-2
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
WAS NL 2015 14 12 0 0 33 33 228.1 176 27 34 276 2.80 0.92 1.02 1.3 10.9 .288 36/19/45 35 35
WAS NL 2016 20 7 0 0 34 34 228.0 165 31 56 284 2.96 0.97 1.05 2.2 11.2 .272 33/19/48 40 38
WAS NL 2017 16 6 0 0 31 31 200.1 126 22 55 268 2.52 0.90 0.93 2.5 12.0 .259 37/17/47 42 39
WAS NL 2018 18 7 0 0 33 33 220.1 150 23 51 300 2.53 0.91 0.95 2.1 12.3 .283 34/18/48 41 40
WAS NL 2019 10 7 0 0 26 26 166.0 139 16 32 233 2.82 1.03 1.08 1.7 12.6 .343 41/21/38 23 25
Career 12yrs 169 89 0 0 364 355 2281.0 1878 252 617 2682 3.19 1.09 1.12 2.4 10.6 .302 n/a
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Tristan's nomination helped me too. Because I'm convinced the room froze after that bid and let me sneak in Kershaw.

I figured Scherzer would get a bunch more strikeouts and that the move to the NL East and facing the pitcher would help a great deal. I had no idea that he'd finish fourth in the NL with a seven dollar gap behind the third best pitcher. 

Mike Gianella MikeG
Nov 30 '15

BABIP too. When they're not walking they're sometimes hitting 'em where they ain't.

And Home Runs, too. That can be a random figure, but it can also be descriptive. His HR per fly ball rate was basically average for the league and average for his career. His HR per fly ball was low (7.5) in 2013 and 2014.

In any case, when Tristan Cockcroft nominated him in Tout NL at $30, first pick of the auction, I let him go and immediately regretted it. Because the move to the NL was important, though we couldn't know exactly how. Tristan feasted on that.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Nov 29 '15

Had 2 walks each to the #4 and #6 hitters this year after having 10 to each of those 2 spots next year.  I figured it would be the #9 hitter; but it wasn't.

van wilhoite LVW
Nov 28 '15

I'm seeing in the new Bill James Handbook that Scherzer also had the sixth highest game score this year (97, a tie with Kershaw), facing the Pirates on June 20. Six days before that, facing the Brewers, he recorded the second best that TommyR mentions.

Scherzer heads the list of Tough Losses with seven.

We should have a shout-out for Peter's projection here. The only thing he misses, really, is the drop in walks. 

Peter, didn't you know that those National League hitters swing at anything?

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 28 '15

Second highest game score ever, and he has the top two this year.

Thomas Rosenthal TommyR
Oct 4 '15

Another No Hitter tonight.  Second this season, but he's had a few other close calls.  I was wondering if Williams would pull him in the 9th, because, well, "he's our closer" is his mantra. But, Papelbon was unavailable.  17 Ks.  No walks, no hits.  A terrific season for a 4th place Cy Young finish.  A distant 4th place finish.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Oct 4 '15

With his loss last night, Max drops to .500, the Nats to one game above .500.

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 29 '15

The luck of the BABIP?

In his last six starts, Scherzer has won once (lost twice) and has a 5.14 ERA. In 33 innings he has been touched for 36 hits. He's struck out 44 and walked nine.

OTOH eight of the hits were out of play: hard touches.

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 18 '15

A perfect example of why baseball is so unpredictable...vs this particular mystery team this year:

Max Scherzer 0-1 9.64 

Gerrit Cole  0-2 6.75

Shelby Miller 0-1 1.93

Cole Hamels  0-1 4.85

Jake Arrieta 1-1 3.55

5 of the game's best combined 1-6 4.73 ERA and the mystery team is......Cincinnati Reds the 38-44 Reds, the 32-43 vs the rest of baseball Reds.

van wilhoite LVW
Jul 8 '15

It's one thing to have Freddy Galvis break up your perfect game with one out in the sixth, but then to have Dominick Brown break up your scoreless string with a long double in the seventh, and then to have Ben Revere -- Ben Revere! -- take you deep in the eighth. I mean, really, Max, you're falling apart.

From the start of the game against the Brewers 12 days ago through the first 16 batters yesterday, surely the most impressive run by any starter ever. In 23.1 IP, one hit, no walks, 30 strikeouts, and one perfectly ridiculous HBP.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 27 '15