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Max Scherzer
ERA W-L K
3.15 18-5 252
Team: WashingtonHt / Wt: 6-3 / 220 NFBC ADP: 31.03
Position: SPBorn: 7/27/1984 Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: 1st Round by Diamondbacks (2006)


Latest News
Jan. 19 8:34 AM PT9:34 AM MT10:34 AM CT11:34 AM ET11:34 ET16:34 GMT0:34 9:34 AM MST11:34 AM EST12:04 PM VEN20:34 UAE10:34 AM CT-Scherzer is being introduced by the Washington Nationals as the newest member of their talented pitching rotation after finalizing a $210 million, seven-year contract.
Analysis: Scherzer won the 2013 AL Cy Young Award with the Detroit Tigers, his club for the last five seasons. In joining Washington, the 30-year-old Scherzer gets the largest total contract for a right-handed pitcher in big league history. He adds to a starting staff for the NL East champions that led the majors with a 3.04 ERA in 2014 and already has with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark.
Oct. 31 12:39 PM PT1:39 PM MT2:39 PM CT3:39 PM ET15:39 ET19:39 GMT3:39 12:39 PM MST2:39 PM EST3:09 PM VEN23:39 UAE1:39 PM CT-Detroit has made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to Scherzer, who is an unrestricted free agent.
Analysis: Detroit would now be able to receive draft-pick compensation if Scherzer is to sign elsewhere via free agency.
Sep. 26 12:42 PM PT1:42 PM MT2:42 PM CT3:42 PM ET15:42 ET19:42 GMT3:42 12:42 PM MST2:42 PM EST3:12 PM VEN23:42 UAE2:42 PM CT-Scherzer notched his 18th win Thursday.
Analysis: Scherzer made it through six tough innings as he allowed two runs and five hits. His next start will be in the postseason.
Sep. 21 5:35 PM PT6:35 PM MT7:35 PM CT8:35 PM ET20:35 ET0:35 GMT8:35 5:35 PM MST7:35 PM EST8:05 PM VEN4:35 UAE (+1)7:35 PM CT-Scherzer recorded his 17th win of the season in Detroit's 3-2 victory at Kansas City on Saturday, limiting the Royals to a run over seven innings.
Analysis: Scherzer had been 1-1 with a 5.12 ERA over his last five road starts, so it was nice for him to reverse that troubling trend.
Aug. 15 4:01 PM PT5:01 PM MT6:01 PM CT7:01 PM ET19:01 ET23:01 GMT7:01 4:01 PM MST6:01 PM EST6:31 PM VEN3:01 UAE (+1)6:01 PM CT-Scherzer allowed three hits with 14 strikeouts over eight shutout innings in Thursday's 5-2 win over visiting Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Obviously, Scherzer needs to be in your lineup. He's 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA in his last 10 starts.
Aug. 5 9:34 AM PT10:34 AM MT11:34 AM CT12:34 PM ET12:34 ET16:34 GMT0:34 9:34 AM MST11:34 AM EST12:04 PM VEN20:34 UAE11:34 AM CT-Scherzer lost for the first time in eight starts Monday, surrendering two runs and nine hits over seven innings of a 2-1 defeat against the Yankees.
Analysis: Scherzer still owns an impressive 2.14 ERA over his last eight starts.
July 31 11:02 AM PT12:02 PM MT1:02 PM CT2:02 PM ET14:02 ET18:02 GMT2:02 11:02 AM MST1:02 PM EST1:32 PM VEN22:02 UAE1:02 PM CT-Scherzer pitched seven impressive innings in a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Scherzer (13-3, 3.27 ERA) allowed a run and five hits while striking out six and walking one. He's 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his last seven starts.
July 25 12:17 PM PT1:17 PM MT2:17 PM CT3:17 PM ET15:17 ET19:17 GMT3:17 12:17 PM MST2:17 PM EST2:47 PM VEN23:17 UAE2:17 PM CT-Scherzer recorded his 12th victory Thursday in a 6-4 win at the Angels, allowing three runs in seven innings with 11 strikeouts.
Analysis: Scherzer is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA in six starts since being shelled for 10 runs by the Royals on June 17.
July 10 3:18 PM PT4:18 PM MT5:18 PM CT6:18 PM ET18:18 ET22:18 GMT6:18 3:18 PM MST5:18 PM EST5:48 PM VEN2:18 UAE (+1)5:18 PM CT-Scherzer allowed one run over seven innings to beat the Dodgers 4-1 on Wednesday.
Analysis: Scherzer is 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA over his last four starts.
July 4 1:19 PM PT2:19 PM MT3:19 PM CT4:19 PM ET16:19 ET20:19 GMT4:19 1:19 PM MST3:19 PM EST3:49 PM VEN0:19 UAE (+1)3:19 PM CT-Scherzer allowed two hits in eight outstanding innings, and the Detroit Tigers backed their star right-hander with three early homers in an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.
Analysis: Scherzer (10-3, 3.47 ERA) allowed a first-inning sacrifice fly by Evan Longoria, but that was the first of 10 straight hitters retired by the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. After allowing a single in the fourth, Scherzer retired another 13 in a row before he was pulled with a pitch count of 106. He's 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in his last three starts and has 28 strikeouts to four walks.
June 29 10:32 AM PT11:32 AM MT12:32 PM CT1:32 PM ET13:32 ET17:32 GMT1:32 10:32 AM MST12:32 PM EST1:02 PM VEN21:32 UAE12:32 PM CT-Scherzer, last year's AL Cy Young Award winner, gave up two runs in the first before settling in as he yielded seven hits and one walk in seven innings with 13 strikeouts.
Analysis: It was the third time Scherzer has fanned at least 13 in his career. He had his most strikeouts since fanning a career-high 15 in 2012 against Pittsburgh.
June 23 3:13 PM PT4:13 PM MT5:13 PM CT6:13 PM ET18:13 ET22:13 GMT6:13 3:13 PM MST5:13 PM EST5:43 PM VEN2:13 UAE (+1)5:13 PM CT-Scherzer limited Cleveland to one run and and six hits over six innings in Sunday's 10-4 victory.
Analysis: Owners were likely relieved considering the nightmarish showing Scherzer was fresh off of.
May 17 12:20 PM PT1:20 PM MT2:20 PM CT3:20 PM ET15:20 ET19:20 GMT3:20 12:20 PM MST2:20 PM EST2:50 PM VEN23:20 UAE2:20 PM CT-Scherzer won his sixth straight start Friday, giving up three hits while striking out seven over six scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory at Boston.
Analysis: Scherzer has a 1.38 ERA and 48 strikeouts over 39 innings during the winning streak.
May 11 9:49 AM PT10:49 AM MT11:49 AM CT12:49 PM ET12:49 ET16:49 GMT0:49 9:49 AM MST11:49 AM EST12:19 PM VEN20:49 UAE11:49 AM CT-Scherzer improved to 5-1 on Saturday.
Analysis: Scherzer wasn't sharp yet still won, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks in six innings. He struck out six - his team-record streak of fanning at least seven in seven starts to begin a season ended.
May 6 2:29 PM PT3:29 PM MT4:29 PM CT5:29 PM ET17:29 ET21:29 GMT5:29 2:29 PM MST4:29 PM EST4:59 PM VEN1:29 UAE (+1)4:29 PM CT-Scherzer struck out nine over eight innings of three-hit ball to beat Houston 2-0 on Monday.
Analysis: Scherzer has now won four consecutive starts, a stretch during which he's allowed three runs in 27 innings. He remains one of the best pitchers in the game.
May 1 2:45 PM PT3:45 PM MT4:45 PM CT5:45 PM ET17:45 ET21:45 GMT5:45 2:45 PM MST4:45 PM EST5:15 PM VEN1:45 UAE (+1)4:45 PM CT-Scherzer cruised past the ChiSox on Wednesday.
Analysis: The Sports Illustrated cover boy won his third straight start, allowing four hits while striking out seven to become the first pitcher in team history with at least seven strikeouts in each of his first six starts. He beat the White Sox for the second straight time, following up his April 24 win when he went six innings and allowed two runs in a 7-4 victory. He should cruise again in his next start against lowly Houston.
Apr. 25 9:59 AM PT10:59 AM MT11:59 AM CT12:59 PM ET12:59 ET16:59 GMT0:59 9:59 AM MST11:59 AM EST12:29 PM VEN20:59 UAE11:59 AM CT-Scherzer allowed two runs over six innings to beat the White Sox 7-4 on Thursday.
Analysis: Scherzer struck out 10, giving him 44 Ks in just 33 innings thus far. His 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings lead the AL.
Apr. 20 11:05 AM PT12:05 PM MT1:05 PM CT2:05 PM ET14:05 ET18:05 GMT2:05 11:05 AM MST1:05 PM EST1:35 PM VEN22:05 UAE1:05 PM CT-Scherzer earned his first win Saturday for the Tigers.
Analysis: Scherzer struck out nine in seven innings and gave up one run ahead of a big AL Central tilt with the surprising ChiSox.
Apr. 9 3:18 PM PT4:18 PM MT5:18 PM CT6:18 PM ET18:18 ET22:18 GMT6:18 3:18 PM MST5:18 PM EST5:48 PM VEN2:18 UAE (+1)5:18 PM CT-Scherzer gave up two runs and eight hits over seven innings of Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers while striking out eight.
Analysis: Scherzer is still without a decision after two starts despite a 1.20 ERA. After ranking among baseball's leaders with an average of 6.8 runs of support in 2013, he's been supplied with just two runs of support over 15 innings this season.
Apr. 3 3:35 PM PT4:35 PM MT5:35 PM CT6:35 PM ET18:35 ET22:35 GMT6:35 3:35 PM MST5:35 PM EST6:05 PM VEN2:35 UAE (+1)5:35 PM CT-Scherzer pitched eight scoreless frames in his season debut Wednesday, Detroit's 2-1 win in 10 innings over Kansas City.
Analysis: The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner gave up four hits and one walk while striking out seven.
Mar. 23 7:57 AM PT8:57 AM MT9:57 AM CT10:57 AM ET10:57 ET14:57 GMT22:57 7:57 AM MST9:57 AM EST10:27 AM VEN18:57 UAE8:57 AM CT-Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract and will not negotiate again until after the season.
Analysis: The Tigers say in a statement that Scherzer rejected their most recent offer. The 2013 Cy Young Award winner struck out 240 batters in 214 1-3 innings last season, and went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA. Scherzer, who will make $15.53 million this season, has said he does not want to discuss contract matters during the season.

Regular Season

Pitching Statistics
Year Team W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K WHIP ERA
2008 Ari 0 4 0 - 0 16 7 0 56.0 48 24 19 5 21 1 66 1.23 3.05
2009 Ari 9 11 0 - 0 30 30 0 170.1 166 94 78 20 63 1 174 1.34 4.12
2010 Det 12 11 0 - 0 31 31 0 195.2 174 84 76 20 70 1 184 1.25 3.50
2011 Det 15 9 0 - 0 33 33 0 195.0 207 101 96 29 56 1 174 1.35 4.43
2012 Det 16 7 0 - 0 32 32 0 187.2 179 82 78 23 60 2 231 1.27 3.74
2013 Det 21 3 0 - 0 32 32 0 214.1 152 73 69 18 56 0 240 0.97 2.90
2014 Det 18 5 0 - 0 33 33 1 220.1 196 80 77 18 63 1 252 1.18 3.15
Career 91 50 0 - 0 207 198 1 1239.1 1122 538 493 133 389 7 1321 1.22 3.58

Hitting Statistics
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2008 Ari 17 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 .000 .071 .000
2009 Ari 31 53 4 12 2 0 0 3 3 17 0 0 .226 .268 .264
2010 Det 31 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2011 Det 33 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2012 Det 32 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2013 Det 32 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667
2014 Det 33 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Career 209 79 5 13 3 0 0 4 4 23 0 0 .165 .205 .203

Postseason

Pitching Statistics
Year Team Round W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K ERA
2011 Det Total 1 1 0 - 0 4 3 0 15.2 15 10 10 1 9 0 14 5.74
    LDS 1 0 0 - 0 2 1 0 7.1 4 1 1 0 4 0 7 1.23
    LCS 0 1 0 - 0 2 2 0 8.1 11 9 9 1 5 0 7 9.72
2012 Det Total 1 0 0 - 0 3 3 0 17.1 12 5 4 1 4 0 26 2.08
    LDS 0 0 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.1 3 1 0 0 1 0 8 0.00
    LCS 1 0 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.2 2 1 1 0 2 0 10 1.59
    WS 0 0 0 - 0 1 1 0 6.1 7 3 3 1 1 0 8 4.26
2013 Det Total 2 1 0 - 0 4 3 0 22.1 12 7 7 1 11 1 34 2.82
    LDS 2 0 0 - 0 2 1 0 9.0 6 3 3 1 4 1 13 3.00
    LCS 0 1 0 - 0 2 2 0 13.1 6 4 4 0 7 0 21 2.70
2014 Det Total 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 7.1 7 5 5 2 1 0 6 6.14
    LDS 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 7.1 7 5 5 2 1 0 6 6.14
Career 4 3 0 - 0 12 10 0 62.2 46 27 26 5 25 1 80 3.73


Pitching Velocity

Pitch TypePitchesMaxMinAvgPct
Fastball 2001 98 88 92.8 55.12
Curveball 373 82 71 77.3 10.28
Slider 494 90 81 84.8 13.61
Changeup 762 89 79 83.8 20.99

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