Max Scherzer New York Mets

Age: 37 (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 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 11 7 0 0 27 27 172.0 144 18 33 243 2.93 1.03 1.09 1.7 12.7 .342 41/21/38 27 28
WAS NL 2020 5 4 0 0 12 12 67.0 70 10 23 92 3.76 1.39 1.44 3.1 12.4 .382 33/27/40 12 18
WAS NL 2021 8 4 0 0 19 19 111.0 71 18 28 147 2.76 0.89 1.01 2.3 11.9 .242 32/17/51 21 20
LAD NL 2021 7 0 0 0 11 11 68.0 48 5 8 89 1.99 0.82 0.88 1.1 11.8 .295 35/21/44 18 16
Career 14yrs 190 97 0 0 407 398 2533.0 2072 287 677 3020 3.16 1.09 1.12 2.4 10.7 .302 n/a
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It's an interesting problem. The nerds have numbers to support their decisions, so maybe they know for sure that if you pinch-hit for Scherzer 1000 times maybe you win 550 times and lose 450 times, which makes pinch hitting the smart decision. 

But the games played are a small sample, and part of the value of them is the narrative, which defies piling fairly small advantages onto small sample sizes and prefers juicy emotional stories of redemption and fulfillment. So pulling Scherzer can be the nerd's right decision, but a bad decision for all folks watching on the big screen in the hometown bar, and both will be validated/invalidated by something just a little more edgy than a coin flip.

Do hearts beat nerds? Is that the question we're actually asking? 

Get on the wrong side of that and the general manager (or whatever they're called now) will be fired.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Oct 13

In Fangraphs, Ben Clemens basically argues that Roberts made a bad decision in leaving Scherzer in rather than pulling him for a PH.

That's a nerd argument.

Ask Craig Counsell how pulling your dominant starter early for a PH worked out. 

It's like managers everywhere saw Cash pull Blake Snell last year and nodded vigorously in agreement.  It's a disease, the overmanaging in the playoffs, though my good friend thinks the nerds upstairs are actually making the decisions.

Could it be so?

Mike Landau ML-
Oct 12

It's not often that the losing pitcher has such a decisive edge in Game Score.

Rafael DeversJoc PedersonKevin KiermaierMax ScherzerIan Anderson

Yesterday's Top Performers


Max Scherzer* (LAD): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 10 K, 76 GmSc

Ian Anderson* (ATL): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 67 GmSc

Alex Wood (SFG): 4.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 62 GmSc

* - pictured above

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 12

Stathead Spotlight: Max Scherzer

Lowest ERA through first 9 starts with a team (since 1913, AL/NL)

NameTeam Start EndERAIP
Max ScherzerLAD2021‑08‑04 2021‑09‑18 0.7858.0
Dana FillingimBSN1918‑05‑091918‑06‑220.7980.0
Fernando ValenzuelaLAD1981‑04‑091981‑05‑180.9179.0

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Alex Patton Alex
Sep 19

Far more exciting than 3,000 K, he was well on his way to a Maddux!  92 pitches through eight. 

Justin Bruihl, the pressure on, got three groundouts on six pitches.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 13

He's making a claim for the Cy Young Award despite not being near the top in IP this year. Missed a perfect game by giving up a hit in the later innings, ultimately to be pulled.  BTW, he also racked up his 3,000th K in the same game.  He's got one more big contact left in him.  Maybe he'll get 3 years given that his health doesn't seem at risk right now.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Sep 13

At the rate he's going, he'll earn more for the Dodgers than he did for the Nats.

Tuesday, September 7
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Yesterday's Top Performers


Max Scherzer* (LAD): 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 13 K, 81 GmSc

A.J. Alexy* (TEX): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 75 GmSc

Hyun Jin Ryu (TOR): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 72 GmSc

Zack Wheeler (PHI): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 9 K, 71 GmSc

Kevin Gausman (SFG): 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 63 GmSc

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* - pictured above

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 7

Money wise, the Dodgers pay for both Turner and Scherzer's 2021 though probably not Scherzer's deferred payments. Turner is also arbitration eligible in 2022 so will be back with the Dodgers if they tender him (which barring injury is a no brainer). 

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Jul 30

Holy cow -- Bowden was onto something.

Dodgers are working to get both Max Scherzer, Trea Turner from the Nationals: Sources

By The Athletic Staff

July 29, 2021 at 8:25 PM EDT

The Dodgers are working to get both Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from the Nationals, sources confirmed to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal Thursday night. The deal is not done, but multiple reports later Thursday indicated Scherzer would waive his no-trade protections to go to L.A. (Updated 8:55 p.m. ET)

If the Dodgers complete the deal, Triple-A catcher Keibert Ruiz, right-hander Josiah Gray, Double-A outfielder Donovan Casey and right-hander Gerardo Carrillo would be the prospects sent to Washington, sources say. Ruiz is the game’s No. 16 prospect, according to Baseball America. Gray, who debuted last week, was rated the 39th best prospect in MLB in Keith Law's preseason rankings. Ruiz, who debuted in 2020, was 80th. The Nationals didn’t have one prospect make Law's top 100. This could be a quick reload.

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 30

It will be fun to see if Jim Bowden gets any of these close to right (posted yesterday at The Athletic):

... I’ve been texted quite a few trade proposals over the last few days, and thought I’d share some of them. (Note: These ideas don’t necessarily reflect active trade talks between teams, although some do, but they’re trade matches that are being discussed by people in the game.)

• Nationals trade RHP Max Scherzer and SS Trea Turner to Dodgers for RHP Josiah Gray, C Diego Cartaya and INF Gavin Lux

• Twins trade RHP José Berríos, CF Byron Buxton and 3B Josh Donaldson to Phillies for RHP Spencer Howard and 3B Alec Bohm

• Cubs trade OF Kris Bryant to Giants for OF Heliot Ramos

 Pirates trade RHP Richard Rodríguez to Blue Jays for SS Orelvis Martinez

 Rockies trade SS Trevor Story and RHP Jon Gray to Brewers for SS Brice Turang and LHP Aaron Ashby

 Rangers trade OF Joey Gallo to Yankees for RHP Deivi García and OF Estevan Florial

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 29