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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I participated in all three expert NL only leagues last year and did have difficulty obtaining top starting pitchers in two of the three leagues.

In CBS, my rotation was anchored by Rich Hill ($14), Jake Arrieta ($14), and Kyle Hendricks ($13). In LABR - where I was a last minute fill-in, Arrieta again ($16) and no other starter over $10.

I didn't like either of these staffs, so overcompensated in Tout, buying Kershaw for $39 and a bunch of $1-2 starting pitchers.

The LABR staff (and team) was my best one by far, in part because of Josh Hader but mostly because I was most doctrinaire/true to my valuations.

Mike Gianella MikeG
Nov 28 '18

So you've got yourself a pitcher, Mike! (Greinke comment)

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 28 '18

$38.

Mike Gianella MikeG
Nov 28 '18
I'm working on Big Prices for the Guide. Today I have Max Scherzer with a price of $37. What do you think?
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Nov 17 '18

The main difference between Scherzer and deGrom seems to be home runs allowed and Ks.  Otherwise, their performance (taking out team Wins) were nearly identical.  I like to do a simple equation of IP*ERA+.  For Scherzer that's 37,073.  For deGrom it's 46,872.  That's because deGrom's ERA+ was so much better.  Which seems odd considering deGrom pitched in a pitcher friendly park and Scherzer a hitter favorable park.  FIP bears it out too.  Must be the HR allowed.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Nov 16 '18

Somers is from San Francisco, so no need to be embarrassed Alex. Also, Somers is older than Maffei.

Frankly, I'm surprised the vote was so overwhelming. DeGrom had the better year, but not that much better, and while the RS differential between the two was great, there is a bit of argument to be made for the results, which gave Scherzer more strikeouts and more wins. I think I would have voted for deGrom, his season was that good, but Scherzer was also deserving. 

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Nov 16 '18

Well, he's 70. And the real villain here is Steve Somers.

Sometimes I'm embarrassed to be a New Yorker.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 16 '18

Totally justifiable to vote for Scherzer, but his explanation wasn't good.  It was basically, "Randy Jones told me wins are good."  Also, the old, "If you only get one run of offense, you have to get all scrappy and plucky, and give up zero."  Also known as the Modified Wilbon.   Some of these guys are too young to be that stupid, and I'm 59.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2018/11/15/one-writer-who-voted-max-scherzer-ahead-jacob-degrom-cy-young-explains-his-ballot/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a5f14e6e4d21

Mike Dean TMU2009
Nov 16 '18

John Maffei San Diego Union Tribune 

The breakdown of each voter can be found at bbwaa.com 

van wilhoite LVW
Nov 15 '18

Who was the single solitary sportswriter who voted for Scherzer?

Did he know he risked being a laughing stock?

I'm not saying he shouldn't have! Scherzer had a phenomenal year. Perfectly okay by me that someone put him first on his ballot.

I'm saying, in this age of advanced analytics and social media, he took a chance.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 15 '18