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31 Max Scherzer SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 7/27/1984 | Birthplace: St. Louis, MO | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: Missouri | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $6,725,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/91 | Average Draft Position: 8.31
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Nationals ace Max Scherzer serves up two homers in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/28/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer didn't have enough to come up with a win during his start against the Marlins on Friday.

Scherzer allowed four runs on six hits in seven inning. He struck out eight batters but allowed a pair of home runs that proved costly.

With the loss, Scherzer dropped to 11-11 on the season with a 2.88 ERA.


Nationals SP Max Scherzer continues August struggles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2015) Nationals starter Max Scherzer performed better Thursday in Colorado than he has in recent outings, but the guy who dominated hitters into early July is still missing.

Scherzer bounced back from a miserable outing Friday to hold the Rockies to three runs on eight hits in six innings. He walked three and whiffed seven in taking a loss that lowered his record to 11-10. He has dropped five of his last seven decisions.

The right-hander blanked Colorado through four on two hits, but two singles and Jose Reyes double ended the shutout in the fifth and a single by pitcher Yohan Flande added another run in the sixth. He departed after allowing a single to start the seventh. That run crossed the plate and resulted in his defeat.

Scherzer has been awful in August, during which he has given up 16 runs in 21 innings.


Nationals SP Max Scherzer allows six runs, picks up loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/15/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer suffered one of his worst starts of the season on Friday against the Giants.

Scherzer lasted just three innings after allowing six runs on seven hits. He allowed two home runs while only striking out three batters.

"I get it. I stunk. There is no getting around that," Scherzer said, per MLB.com. "... My arm slot is a little low right now. It causes my fastball to flatten out. When you think about the results tonight, a lot of damage was done against the fastball.

"It's going to take some work. You have to create a good habit with it. I have to throw the ball 10,000 times to a wall just to make sure I have this good habit. This isn't a huge fix, but it's a time-consuming fix."

With the loss, Scherzer dropped to 11-9 on the season.


Nationals SP Max Scherzer strikes out 10 in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/9/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer recorded his seventh double-digit strikeout game of the season on Sunday against the Rockies.

Scherzer struck out 10 batters in six solid innings of work. He allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk. Scherzer also tied a season-low with three home runs allowed.

With the no-decision, Scherzer remains at 11-8 on the season. He has a 2.44 ERA with 191 strikeouts and 23 walks in 162 innings this season.


Nationals' Max Scherzer takes no-decision against Arizona


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2015) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer allowed three runs in six innings and left for a pinch hitter with the score tied. 

Scherzer took a no-decision for the second time in three starts. He allowed four hits and walked a season-high three for the second straight game, striking out nine.  


Nationals SP Max Scherzer blanks Marlins through seven innings


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Nationals ace Max Scherzer was outstanding against the Marlins on Thursday, as he fired seven shutout innings in the 1-0 victory. Scherzer allowed three hits and three walks while striking out six. He threw 109 pitches, as he pretty much dominated the Marlins all afternoon.

Scherzer improved to 11-8 and lowered his ERA to 2.22. He did a good job of limiting the Marlins' chances, as he allowed just six baserunners in the outing.

It has been a rollercoaster month for the former Cy Young award winner. Scherzer allowed five runs in two of his six July starts and two or fewer in the other four starts. Overall, he went 2-3 with a 3.41 ERA and a 42:18 K:BB ratio in the month of July.


Nationals SP Max Scherzer has rough outing against Pirates


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/24/2015) A little more than a month after he no-hit the Pirates, Nationals ace Max Scherzer struggled in the rematch on Friday. Scherzer allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings on Friday. He walked one and struck out eight, but did not factor in the decision. The Pirates would win the game 7-5.

Scherzer did not have his best stuff in this one. He allowed a two run home run to Pedro Alvarez in the second inning. Then, after the Nationals scored four runs to take the lead, the right-hander allowed two more longballs in the fifth--a two-run bomb to Gregory Polanco and a solo shot to Neil Walker. 

This was the sixth time in his career that he gave up three home runs in a game. The last time was in September of 2011. 

The poor outing was probably just a blip on the radar for one of the premier pitchers in the game. This was the second time in four starts that he gave up five runs, however.


Nationals SP Max Scherzer unable to outduel Zack Greinke


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) Nationals All-Star Max Scherzer threw well over six innings Sunday against the Dodgers. Unfortunately, he went up against Zack Greinke in a battle of All-Star starters and ended up on the wrong end of a 5-0 loss.

Scherzer (10-8) could not outduel Greinke, who pushed his scoreless innings streak to 43 2/3. Scherzer allowed one run on seven hits and one walk, while striking out eight in six innings. He threw 70 of 98 pitches for strikes.

He has allowed two or fewer runs in six of his last seven starts. He has a 2.09 ERA on the season.


Nationals' Zimmermann, Fister and Scherzer lined up against Dodgers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/16/2015) The Nationals have announced their rotation for the weekend series against the Dodgers to open the second half of the season.

Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will toe the rubber for Friday's match-up against Clayton Kershaw. Doug Fister will go on Saturday, with 2015 All-Star Max Scherzer wrapping up the series on Sunday.


Heavy workload no sweat for Nationals ace Max Scherzer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2015) Nationals ace Max Scherzer has pitched 132 innings this season, the highest total at this point in the year of his major league career. It remains to be seen if that bodes well for the second half, but he's certainly not complaining.

Scherzer has thrown 100 or more pitches in 13 of his 18 starts, hitting a season-high 116 in a shutout win over Milwaukee in which he struck out 16.

"I'm fine with the workload," he told masnsports.com. "I've always said I'm built for 110 putches and I go up to 120, low 120s if need be. It just takes a lot of work between the starts and that's what I'm prepared to do and that's what I've always been doing. I'm comfortable with it. I want the ball in those situations."

It certainly seems to be working at Scherzer is enjoying his finest season. He is 10-7 and his 2.11 ERA would be easily a career-best if maintained the rest of the year.


Nationals ace Max Scherzer wins 10th game


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/12/2015) Nationals starter Max Scherzer closed out the season on a strong note, falling one out short of a complete game, but still picking up his 10th win of the first half in a 3-2 win over the Orioles on Sunday. 

Scherzer allowed two solo home runs to Adam Jones but little else as he ended a two-game losing streak, scattering four hits on the day while striking out seven and walking none. 

Scherzer (10-7), lowered his ERA to 2.11 on the year. 


Clayton Kershaw added to NL All Star team, replacing Max Scherzer


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was added to the National League All Star team on Sunday. 

Kershaw, the reigning National League MVP, was not chosen for the team last Sunday. He was one of five players in the Final Vote but didn't win the fan polling. 

Kershaw will replace Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, who pitches Sunday and won't be eligible to pitch in Tuesday's All Star Game. 


Nationals' Max Scherzer will start Sunday, won't pitch in ASG


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/11/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams confirmed that right-hander Max Scherzer will start Sunday's game against the Orioles, thereby making him ineligible to pitch in next week's All-Star game. 

Scherzer had been considered a favorite to start the game for the National League, but instead he'll close out the first half for the Nationals on Sunday. 


Nationals SP Max Scherzer knocked around for five runs vs. Reds


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/7/2015) Max Scherzer did not flirt with a no-hitter on Tuesday. In fact, the Nationals ace endured his ugliest start in quite some time. Scherzer lasted just 4 2/3 innings against the Reds, allowing five runs on seven hits. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.

Scherzer got into early trouble by allowing two runs to score in the first inning. Then in the third, he gave up a solo home run to Joey Votto before allowing two more runs in the fifth, as the Reds went on to win 5-0.

Tuesday's outing was likely just a mere blip on the radar for the All-Star right-hander, as he still sport. This was Scherzer's shortest start since June 17, 2014. It was also the first time this year that he did not pitch at least six innings.


NL All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates revealed


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The National League All Star reserves and pitchers were announced on Monday evening, and there was no room for the reigning National League MVP.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was not selected for the All Star team, although he's one of five candidates to take the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote. 

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant made the team as an injury replacement for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. Bryant is one of two rookies on the team, along with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson

The Pirates sent two starting pitchers to the All Star team for the first time since 1960. MLB wins leader Gerrit Cole and fellow Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett will both be making their first appearance. 

National League reserves are:

Catchers: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers; Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First basemen: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers; Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Second basemen: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies; Joe Panik, Giants
Third basemen: Nolan Arenado, Rockies; Kris Bryant, Cubs
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Joc Pederson, Dodgers; A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks; Justin Upton, Padres

National League pitchers are:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants; A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Aroldis Chapman, Reds; RHP: Gerrit Cole, Pirates; Jacob deGrom, Mets; Zack Greinke, Dodgers; Mark Melancon, Pirates; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers; Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals; Max Scherzer, Nationals; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

The five candidates for the Final Vote are:

Johnny Cueto, Reds; Jeurys Familia, Mets; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies


Nationals SP Max Scherzer gives up walk-off hit in 2-1 loss


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Nationals ace Max Scherzer was brilliant in his start against the Braves on Thursday, but he was saddled with his sixth loss of the season. Scherzer pitched into the ninth inning, but with the score tied 1-1, he allowed an infield hit and a sacrifice bunt, followed by a game-winning RBI single by Cameron Maybin.

Overall, Scherzer (9-6) pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter. It was a tough ending of what was otherwise a domiant performance by Scherzer. 


Nationals' Max Scherzer flirts with another no-no, gets win on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Coming off of his first-career no-hitter in his last start, Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer looked like he was heading towards another hitless outing on Friday. 

Scherzer was perfect for 5 1/3 innings against the Phillies, until Freddy Galvis broke up the bid with a one-out double in the sixth. Before that two-bagger, Scherzer had gone 16 1/3 hitless innings, spanning three starts.

Ultimately, Scherzer wound up going six innings, giving up two runs on five hits on Friday. He struck out seven without walking a batter, though he did give up a solo home run to Ben Revere in the eighth inning. 

But Scherzer was still able to pick up his ninth win of the season, as the Nationals topped the Phillies 5-2.

"I was pounding the zone. Again, another outing with no walks. That's what you pride yourself on -- just attacking the zone," Scherzer said, per MLB.com. "The defense made some good plays. I was [on the same page with] Willie [Ramos]."


Nationals SP Max Scherzer nails down no-no after perfecto ruined


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) One measly hit-by-pitch destroyed a perfect game for sizzling Nationals starter Max Scherzer on Saturday. Nothing could destroy his first no-hitter.

The Pirates certainly couldn't as they flailed helplessly at his offerings. Scherzer was on the verge of a perfect game when Jose Tabata lowered his elbow into a pitch and let it plunk him. A flyout off the bat of Josh Harrison clinched the no-no.

It also marked an incredible two-start blitz for Scherzer, who has allowed one hit and fanned 26 with one walk in 18 innings over that period.

Scherzer did not start out on fire in terms of strikeouts, but he picked up steam to fan two in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings. He threw just 92 pitches through eight, which allowed him not only to shoot for the perfect game, but manage the third complete game of his major league career.

After throwing a ridiculous 82 of 106 pitches for strikes, Scherzer will try to remain on a roll in his next start. He has one heck of a chance - it's against lowly Philadelphia.


Nationals P Max Scherzer has start pushed back to Saturday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer will have his start moved back a day and go Saturday against the Pirates, according to The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes. 

Scherzer was originally projected to start Friday. Instead, the Nationals will go with Joe Ross Friday and move Gio Gonzalez to Sunday. 

Scherzer is coming off his best start of the season in which he pitched a complete-game shutout against the Brewers on June 14. 


Nationals Max Scherzer tosses shutout in Sunday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer had a career game during Sunday's win over the Brewers. Scherzer (7-5) tossed a complete game shutout to defeat the Brewers 4-0.

It was Scherzer's second career complete game and second career shutout. He also struck out a career-high 16 batters during the outing, which also set a franchise record for the Nationals. He only walked one during the start.

"I thought he was in complete control from the first pitch," Nationals manager Matt Williams said, per MLB.com. "They're an aggressive swinging club that he was able to get ahead on and finish. Really nice performance."

Sunday's start was Scherzer's first quality outing in his last two starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Friday against the Pirates.


Nationals P Max Scherzer gives up 4 runs in loss to Yankees


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer had his second consecutive sub-par performance in Tuesday night's 6-1 loss to the Yankees. 

Scherzer allowed four earned runs for the second consecutive game and also surrendered a home run. He gave up eight hits and a walk but did strike out seven batters. Scherzer now has a 2.13 ERA, marking the first time he's gone over 2.00 this year. 

Scherzer's next start is projected for Sunday against the Brewers. 


Max Scherzer drops to 6-4 with loss for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Nationals starter Max Scherzer gave up four runs in six innings in a loss to Toronto on Tuesday. 

Scherzer dropped to 6-4, despite a 1.85 ERA. He allowed six hits and two walks, while striking out five. 

Scherzer's next start will be Tuesday, at the Yankees. 


Nationals P Max Scherzer strikes out 13 in win over Cubs


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer dominated yet another game this season, throwing 13 strikeouts in Wednesday night's 3-0 win over the Cubs. 

Scherzer kept the Cubs at bay during the seven innings he was in, only allowing five hits and one walk. The 13 strikeouts marked a season-high for Scherzer. He's only allowed two earned runs in his last four starts. 

Scherzer's ERA is now down to 1.51. His record is now 6-3 for the year. 

Scherzer's next start is projected for June 2 against the Blue Jays. 


Nationals SP Max Scherzer earns fifth win of season Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer allowed one run on four hits over eight innings of work to earn his fifth win of the season during Friday's 2-1 win over the Phillies.

By going eight innings, Scherzer became the first Nationals pitcher since Livan Hernandez in 2005 to pitch at least seven innings in seven-straight starts.

"He's got all four pitches that he's able to throw for strikes," said Nationals manager Matt Williams, per MLB.com. "That's key for any pitcher, I think. If you have four pitches you can throw for a strike at any time, as a hitter I would know that I just couldn't sit on something, or I'd find myself behind in the count."

Scherzer (5-3) struck out six batters and walked one during Friday's start. He was able to lower his ERA from 1.75 to 1.67. The one run Scherzer allowed during the game came in the second inning when Odubel Herrera doubled in Maikel Franco.

His next expected start is scheduled for Wednesday at the Chicago Cubs.


Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer strikes out 11 in win on Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits in Washington's 4-1 win over the Padres on Saturday.

Scherzer struck out a season-high 11 hitters in the contest, the third time he's struck out double digit batters. Scherzer's only issue came in the fourth when loaded the bases on a walk to Yangervis Solarte. He was able to get out of the inning by forcing a pop up by Will Middlebrooks.

"He's incredible. He is one of the best I've ever seen," teammate Bryce Harper said, per MLB.com. "Being able to play behind that and see his mentality, how fired up he gets. He is such a bulldog out there. It's all fun to watch. I'm glad he is on my team."

Scherzer, now 4-3, lowered his ERA to 1.75 in 56 2/3 innings of work. He will look to keep things rolling Saturday against the Phillies.