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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%: 98/94 | Average Draft Position: 8.32
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Nationals RHP Max Scherzer gets run support in Wednesday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:58 pm ET) One pitch to mighty Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton turned a fine outing into a mediocre one Wednesday for Nationals starter Max Scherzer, but he still emerged with a victory.

"I had great stuff today," Scherzer said, via masnsports.com. "Willy [Ramos] and I, we were on a really good run right there and I thought we're really getting on the same page of what to throw and what different situations. Really, thought I only made two mistakes today. One to Ichiro [Suzuki] there in the second inning when he was able to get a single there, and obviously the last one to [Giancarlo] Stanton."

Scherzer, who entered with a 1-3 record despite a microscopic 1.26 ERA, deserved the run support in a 7-5 win. He gave up five earned runs on 10 hits, including the three-run homer to Stanton in the eighth inning. Most impressive were his zero walks and 10 strikeouts.

"I really thought everything was on today," Scherzer said. "I really felt like I had command of all the pitches. I was really attacking the zone. I was able to locate the fastball to both side and so I can mix and match. That's when I have success. I feel like that is product of why I had so much success there through the first seven innings."

The right-hander fell behind on run-scoring singles by Ichiro Suzuki and Adeiny Hechavarria in the second, but three home runs by Bryce Harper gave him plenty of cushion. He yielded just two hits with seven strikeouts over the next five innings.

Scherzer will seek to even his record Tuesday at Arizona.


Nationals P Max Scherzer pitches well in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) For the first month of the season, run support has been hard to come by for Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer

On Friday, that rang true again. Scherzer had yet another exceptional night in a 4-0 loss to the Mets. Scherzer only gave up one earned run in the fourth inning on four hits. He threw 96 pitches and struck out 10 batters. He walked only one hitter. 

However, this is the third time the Nationals have scored one run or fewer when Scherzer's started. Scherzer is now 1-3 this season. 

Scherzer's next start is projected for May 6 against the Marlins. 


Nationals SP Max Scherzer (thumb) penciled in to start Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer will rejoin the rotation Friday at N.Y. Mets, manager Matt Williams announced Wednesday.

The Nationals chose to skip Scherzer in the rotation Tuesday against the Braves after he jammed his thumb in his previous start last week. 

Scherzer has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his four starts this season, including Opening Day against the Mets, when he was charged with three unearned runs in 7 2/3 innings.


Nationals' Max Scherzer throws off mound, 'good to go'


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was able to throw off a mound on Tuesday, MASN Sports reported. 

Scherzer jammed his thumb in his last start and won't start on Tuesday night against Atlanta. 

He said he feels 100 percent and is "good to go", however. He doesn't believe he'll skip this turn in the rotation, just start a day late. Scherzer and the team still need to see how he feels on Wednesday morning before deciding on his availability. 


Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer not anticipated to make start Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams is not anticipating having pitcher Max Scherzer for his scheduled start Tuesday against the Braves, Williams said per the team.

"I would think that before another five days he'd be back," Williams said, per MLB.com. "But there's a progression there, too."

Scherzer, who is dealing with a thumb injury, is expected to sit out until his thumb is back to 100 percent, according to the team. Scherzer jammed his thumb in his last start Thursday and currently has a 1.26 ERA with 29 strikeouts and four walks in 28 2/3 innings. It is unknown who would fill in for Scherzer Tuesday.


Report: Nationals' Max Scherzer (thumb) seeing specialist


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Nationals starter Max Scherzer, who sprained his right thumb while hitting last Thursday, is reportedly seeing a specialist to gather more information about the injury, per Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. 

The Nationals are optimstic that their $200 million ace will miss no more than one start -- the one he was scheduled to make Tuesday against the Braves. Scherzer threw in the outfield on Sunday, but the thumb remained swollen. 

Scherzer is 1-2 over his first four starts with the Nationals but owns a 1.26 ERA and 29:4 K:BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings.


Nationals' Max Scherzer 'day to day', may miss Tuesday's start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer tested his swollen thumb by throwing in the outfield Sunday but did not see any mound work, CSNWashington.com reports.

Scherzer is "day to day" with the thumb injury seems unlikely to make Tuesday's start, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Manager Matt Williams told MLB.com the team would likely make a decision after Monday's game.

"We probably have to make an adjustment. We don't know who that is yet," he said. "We'll get through [Monday's] game and see where we are at. There are options for us. I don't know if Max is going to make this one."

Scherzer did indicate that the thumb felt better Sunday, but it's apparent he won't pitch unless he feels 100 percent. He's just 1-2 over his first four starts but owns a 1.26 ERA and 29:4 K:BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings.


Nats SP Max Scherzer (thumb) may throw bullpen on Sunday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) If he feels up to it, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (thumb) is expected to throw a bullpen or a flat-ground session on Sunday, per MASN. 

Scherzer jammed his thumb during the sixth inning of Thursday's loss against the Cardinals and was later pulled for a pinch hitter.


Nats' Max Scherzer's thumb swollen after getting jammed Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters that pitcher Max Scherzer's thumb is a bit swollen on Friday, according to the team's official website.

Scherzer jammed his thumb when he hit a grounder to the left side in the fifth inning of Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Cardinals. The right-hander was pulled for pinch-hitter Tyler Moore in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Nationals plan to have him thrown an bullpen session between starts, and if he is experiences any issues, they'll adjust their rotation plans.

At this point, Williams expects Scherzer to be ready for his next scheduled start on Tuesday against Atlanta, per Comcast SportsNet Washington.


Nationals SP Max Scherzer jammed his thumb in loss to Cardinals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer said he jammed his thumb when he hit a grounder to the left side in the fifth inning of Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Cardinals.

The right-hander was pulled for pinch-hitter Tyler Moore in the bottom of the seventh inning. Scherzer allowed only two runs over seven innings, and said the injury shouldn't be considered "too serious" heading into his next scheduled start on Tuesday against Atlanta, per the Washington Post.

"He came in and said, 'Hey, I'm not where I want to be. I'm not controlling my pitches the way I want to control 'em,'" manager Matt Williams said. "So that being said, we decided to go with a hitter there anyway. As it ended up, it didn't matter but nonetheless he wasn't comfortable out there pitching. So if you're not comfortable out there pitching then there's no reason for him to hit there."


Nationals P Max Scherzer performs well but earns loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer had a solid game but picked up another loss following Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Cardinals.

Scherzer allowed two earned runs in seven innings of work. One run was allowed in the first and the other in the sixth. He gave up six hits in 82 pitches. Scherzer is now 1-2 for the season with a 1.26 ERA.

Scherzer struck out four batters and walked zero.

Scherzer’s next start is projected for April 28 against the Braves.


Nationals P Max Scherzer strikes out 9 in win over Phillies


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer pitched eight dominant innings in Friday night's 7-2 win over the Phillies. 

Scherzer gave up only one earned run, which came in the third inning. Scherzer was in command the entire game, dictating the tempo with each batter. He struck out nine hitters and walked zero. 

"I'm just glad he's on my team," right fielder Bryce Harper said, per MLB.com.  "He's one of the best in all of baseball. I've been saying that since Spring Training. Him going out there, being able to go seven or eight strong for us, it's very impressive. He's a bulldog out there, he's got that mentality that he wants to kick your teeth in and really go at it, and he's very, very good out there."

He only gave up four hits through the game. 

Scherzer's next projected start is on April 23 against the Cardinals. 


Nationals Max Scherzer strikes out eight in no-decision vs. Phillies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer didn't factor into the decision Sunday, allowing one earned run on six hits and two walks in six innings while striking out eight in his team's 4-3, 10-inning win over the Phillies.

Scherzer (0-1) has delivered a 0.66 ERA through his first two starts but has nary a win to show for his efforts. He didn't allow a run through the first four innings Sunday before the Phillies picked one up on a RBI single that reduced Washington's lead to 2-1. The Phillies would even up the game after Scherzer departed.

Scherzer's next chance for a win will come Friday in a rematch with the Phillies.


Nationals' Wilson Ramos 'feeling great' with Max Scherzer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos praised the ability of Opening Day starter Max Scherzer to avoid getting rattled when he got into a jam Monday, masnsports.com reports.

"It's very important after you walk one guy, he wasn't crazy all of the game with the other hitters," Ramos said. "It was very important for him. We was on the same page, not shaking me off too much. That's very important for me. I was feeling great behind the plate with him. We'll see what happens next start."

Scherzer no-hit the Mets for five innings to open the start, though the team fell 3-1 after play was complete.

"Yeah, I was very excited to be behind the plate that game with him," Ramos said. "Couple of errors changed the game. But that happens in this game. We got more games coming."

The Nationals will square off with the Mets Wednesday.


Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer fans eight in losing effort Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer allowed three runs, none earned, on four hits with eight strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings pitched in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Mets Monday.

Scherzer looked dominant early, going five innings without allowing a hit. But after a walk to open the sixth and a fielding error put two men on, first baseman Lucas Duda broke through with a single to right, giving up the lead. 

"I pounded the zone today. I fell behind two hitters," Scherzer said. "So from that standpoint, that what's encouraging to see, that I'm attacking the zone with all my pitches."

Scherzer will look to get back on track Sunday against the Phillies.


Nationals' Scherzer strikes out nine in six innings Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Max Scherzer is still a few weeks away from his Opening Day start against the Mets. However, on Wednesday, he already looked like he was in midseason form.

The right-hander, who is in his first year with the Nationals, struck out nine batters in six scoreless innings against the Cardinals. He allowed just three singles and no walks, while lowering his ERA to 1.35 through five spring starts.

"Where I really got my work in, I got in a jam in the fifth," he said, per MLB.com. "I had to go back and dig out of it, and I had to go back out for the sixth and got the pitch count up. I got a lot out of it from the physical standpoint."


Nationals name SP Max Scherzer Opening Day starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer will serve as the team's Opening Day starter April 6 against the Mets, the team announced Monday.

Scherzer joined the Nationals this offseason after going 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA and 252:63 K:BB ratio in 220 1/3 innings over 33 starts with the Tigers in 2014. He's recorded at least 230 strikeouts in three straight season, at least 15 wins in four straight seasons and at least 30 starts in six straight seasons. It'll be the first Opening Day assignment of Scherzer's career.


Nationals may roll with same spring rotation to start the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams has yet to decide who his Opening Day starter will be, but CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman suggests he'll keep his "ridiculously stacked pitching rotation" the way he has during spring straining, with former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer the likely choice for the first game of the season.

The Nationals have rolled with Scherzer followed by Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez this spring.


Nationals manager Matt Williams still weighing options for opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams has not decided on who his Opening Day starter will be, noting that all five of his pitchers -- Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez -- deserve a chance, per MLB.com.

"A lot goes into it," Williams said. "There's matchups. There is health in the spring. If anybody is a little bit cranky, we want to make sure we back off in that regard. There are three off-days leading up to the regular season. So if we have a hiccup here or there with anybody -- we saw that with Doug last year. … All those things go into it. Track record goes into, knowledge of the [the opponents].

"How they line up is irrelevant when you get past the first [turn through the] rotation anyway," Williams said. "But it's an honor for the guy that's gets chosen [for the Opening Day] start. Everybody wants to get off on the right foot in your first game -- great momentum and all those wonderful things. But if you don't win that first game, it doesn't mean you are dead. You go to the next one."


Max Scherzer allows six hits for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Max Scherzer allowed six hits in three innings but the new Nationals' starter gave up just one run in Tuesday's start. 

Scherzer struck out three Marlins, including slugger Giancarlo Stanton. He also got Stanton to ground into a double play. 

Scherzer threw 47 pitches in the outing. He declared himself pleased with the performance and happy that he had the chance to pitch out of the stretch. 


Nationals SP Max Scherzer draws Thursday start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer will start Thursday's Grapefruit League opener, manager Matt Williams announced.

With Scherzer pitching Thursday, he should be lined up to receive the team's opening-day start April 6 against the Mets. He signed a seven-year, $210-million contract with the Nationals this offseason after going 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA and 252:63 K:BB ratio in 220 1/3 innings with the Tigers.


Nationals' Max Scherzer faces live hitters for first time this spring


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) New Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is already looking like the ace of the staff. Scherzer faced live batters for the first time Sunday since signing with the club.

"It felt great. It has been a few months since I've been out there facing hitters," Scherzer said. "It actually seemed like I knew what I was doing. It was a good feeling."

One of the hitters who faced him, Dan Butler, said his pitches were moving well around the strike zone.

"He threw his fastball down," said Butler, who hit a weak ground ball on the second-base side of the diamond. "It looked like he was throwing from both sides of the plate. ... It looked like the breaking ball was sharp. As he got settled in with the hitters in there, the fastball was coming out. He was doing a good job of it."


Boras: Tigers 'were always in conversation' for Max Scherzer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowksi said Monday agent Scott Boras did reach out to him a few times this offseason about starting pitcher Max Scherzer, but no negotiations took place before Scherzer agreed to a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals.

On Wednesday, Boras stayed away from any details regarding negotiations with the Tigers and was very complimentary of the Detroit organization, per MLB.com. Scherzer turned down a six-year, $144 million contract extension from the Tigers last spring.

“First of all, (owner) Mike Ilitch is much like the Lerner family: They’re owners that run their own shop. They do their own thing their own way,” Boras told MLB Network Radio. “I don’t think anyone should question anything about what the Tiger organization wants to do other than win.

"To suggest that, when a general manager makes a bright move and makes an offer for a player, I just don’t see the negative of it. And I don’t think that Mike Ilitch sees the negative of it either. And as you move forward and you continue to communicate, the Tigers and us were always in conversation, and the reason we were is that it was a place that Max Scherzer won 70 percent of his games there. He was a very important part to them potentiating them achieving Mike Ilitch’s goals in winning.

“When you have a wedding, you don’t really talk about who you dated, and I kind of leave it at that. Certainly there’s nothing that the Tigers don’t do. They cross every bridge and they’re very conscientious about how they pursue players. They had great value for Max and it was a great relationship. Obviously this fit for Max was something that was, in his mind, something better for him.”


Nationals officially announce seven-year deal for Max Scherzer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Nationals officially announced Wednesday they signed starting pitcher Max Scherzer to a seven-year contract.

“We are delighted to welcome Max Scherzer to our organization,” said Theodore N. Lerner, principal owner of the Nationals. “An incredibly talented and widely-feared pitcher, Max brings even more depth to an already outstanding rotation. We are confident he will make significant contributions to our pursuit of winning a World Series championship.”

Although the team did not release the financial terms of the deal, Scherzer is expected to make $210 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, half of the money is deferred. Scherzer will receive $105 million from 2015-21 and another $105 million from 2022-28.

Scherzer arrives in Washington having made the All-Star team the last two years. He is 91-50 with a 3.58 ERA over seven MLB seasons with the Diamondbacks and Tigers. He won the AL Cy Young in 2013 after going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA.

“We could not be happier to add a player of Max’s caliber to our stable of starting pitchers,” general manager Mike Rizzo said. “It’s not every day that a team adds a Cy Young Award winner to its roster. He is a playoff-tested ace, and we’re excited to call him a part of our family.”


Max Scherzer showed interest in return to Tigers, but no contract talks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowksi said Monday agent Scott Boras did reach out to him a few times this offseason about starting pitcher Max Scherzer, but no negotiations took place before Scherzer agreed to a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals.

"Boras reached out a couple times this winter to say Scherzer still had interest in Detroit, but no contract talks," Dombrowski told MLB.com reporter Jason Beck.