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Max Scherzer (SP)

Washington Nationals - 99% owned

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Bats: R, Throws: R

The home run bug bit Max Scherzer again, twice in the early innings of Friday's loss to the Marlins. Scherzer then finished by retiring 12 straight batters for a final line of 7IP 6H 4ER 0BB 8SO 2HR (85 pitches Game Score 57). He was lifted for a pinch hitter, but the Nationals' rally fell short.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (11-11, ERA 2.88) has had a month to forget. He is 0-3, ERA 6.43 in his last five starts, and the opponents have clobbered seven home runs.

 

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Max Scherzer looked better but not great, with a line of 6IP 8H 3ER 3BB 7SO (103 pitches, Game Score 48). A reliever in the seventh inning allowed the inherited runner to score, giving Scherzer the loss.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (11-10, ERA 2.79) went over 200 strikeouts with this game and also has the most innings pitched of all National League pitchers.

 

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Max Scherzer looked decidedly un-Acelike from the get-go, as he allowed two homers along with four doubles for a final line of 3IP 7H 6ER 0BB 3K (58 pitches, Game Score 24). Scherzer wasn't getting strikes with his off-speed stuff, so hitters were ready for his fastballs right in the zone.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer's ERA has "ballooned" to only 2.73, but with a record of 1-2 and an ERA of 5.18 since the All-Star break, you have to wonder if he is fatigued or injured. I would not pay the (very high) asking price in fantasy until he strings together some good starts.

 

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Max Scherzer gave up three home runs on a warm afternoon in Nationals Park, as he put in six innings of work, striking out ten while walking one, his first intentional walk of the season. He took a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: In seven starts since his complete game on July 2, Scherzer (11-8, ERA 2.44) has gone 3-4 with an ERA of 4.15. He's had two excellent starts in that period, but has been inconsistent, suggesting his heavy first-half workload may be catching up with him.

 

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Max Scherzer cruised through five of the six innings he pitched, but a walk followed by three hits led to three runs scored in the fourth inning. He struck out nine while walking three for a Game Score of 58 and a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (11-8, ERA 2.31) is one of the most expensive picks in fantasy but his high strikeout rate (10.44 per nine innings) may make him worth it for you.

 

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Max Scherzer was back on his game, allowing only three hits, as he struck out six and walked three in seven innings of work (100 pitches, Game Score 74).

Fantasy Impact: Though expensive, Scherzer (11-8, ERA 2.22) is almost a must-play in fantasy.

 

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Max Scherzer went only five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits (three homers), walking one and striking out eight (98 pitches, Game Score 40). The Nats' offense woke up and scored five runs, so a reliever took the 7-5 loss.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (10-8, 2.33) has been the victim of bad luck and low run support but this one is all on him, as the Pirates took advantage of mistake pitches. His K/BB ratio of 10.38 leads all MLB.

 

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Max Scherzer was out-dueled by the Dodgers' Zach Greinke, who allowed no runs to Scherzer's one. Scherzer went six innings, allowing seven hits, one walk and striking out eight on 98 pitches (Game Score 61). The one run came on a wild pitch.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (10-8, ERA 2.09) actually lowered his ERA with this performance. However, he was still not quite worth the high salary.

 

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Max Scherzer couldn't locate his fastball and the Reds, especially Joey Votto, made him pay to the tune of five runs on seven hits (one homer), no walks and four strikeouts in only 4 2/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (9-7, ERA 2.12) had not gone less than six innings in any of his previous 16 starts this season and was named to the 2015 NL All-Star team. Hopefully, he will return to form.

 

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Max Scherzer pitched a complete game (8.1 innings) but took a hard-luck loss to Atlanta, as he allowed two runs on five hits, nine strikeouts and no walks (105 pitches, Game Score 74).

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (9-6, ERA 1.82) has gone 8+ innings in his last four starts.

 

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Max Scherzer's perfect game was broken up in the sixth inning by a Freddy Galvis double, and his shutout in the seventh by a pair of doubles, but Scherzer ended with a very good line: 8IP 5H 2ER 0BB 7K (100 pitches, Game Score 71).

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (9-5, ERA 1.79) was dominant for the first five innings, and came back for the eighth inning even after he was clearly tired in the seventh. You will pay a high price for the right-hander, but rarely suffer disappointment.

 

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Max Scherzer came within one out of a perfect game Saturday afternoon. Scherzer retired the first 26 batters and got two strikes on Jose Tabata before throwing a pitch that nipped Tabata's elbow. Scherzer ended the game with 10 strikeouts and only allowed 11 balls out of the infield.

Fantasy Impact: Max Scherzer is one of baseball's hottest pitchers having a no-hitter to follow up his last start of 16 strikeouts and only giving up one hit. He's retired 54 of the last 57 batters he's faced.

 

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Max Scherzer's perfect game was broken up in the seventh inning by a Carlos Gomez bloop into short right field. The ace finished with a career best (and Nationals' best) 16 strikeouts, notching the compete game shutout on 119 pitches and a Game Score of 100.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer's price is sky high. Pay it.

 

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Max Scherzer was solid for six innings, but got into trouble in the seventh. A misplay by shortstop Ian Desmond allowed the lead run to score, and reliever Matt Thornton let in two more inherited runners, to go from a 1-1 tie to down 4-1.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (6-5, ERA 2.13) has been the victim of bad luck and slumping offense. With his high strikeout rate (and low walk rate) he is still a good bet for fantasy.

 

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Max Scherzer gave up two homers to Kevin Pillar, which was the difference in this game.

Fantasy Impact: Despite this loss, Scherzer (6-4, ERA 1.85) is still a safe bet for fantasy.

 

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Max Scherzer picked up the win on Wednesday as the Nationals blanked the Cubs 3-0. Scherzer struck out a season high 13 batters over 7 innings, only giving up 1 walk.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer has been brilliant this season, posting a 1.51 ERA to go with a 0.88 WHIP. He has now went at least 7 innings in 9 of 10 starts and has won 5 in a row. He is a must start in all leagues.

 

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Max Scherzer was in top form as he went seven scoreless innings, striking out 13, walking one and allowing five hits.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (6-3, ERA 1.51) is a true Ace and pretty much worth what you have to pay for him.

 

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Max Scherzer allowed one run in the second inning and then went on a roll, also helping his own cause with a single and a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (5-2, ERA 1.67) has now gone seven or more innings in his last seven starts, and has a league-leading FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) of 2.01.

 

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Max Scherzer threw seven shutout innings, striking out 11, walking two and allowing four hits for his fourth victory of the 2015 season.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (4-3, ERA 1.75) is tied with Clayton Kershaw for the NL lead in strikeouts at 66.

 

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Spotted a four-run lead in the first inning and another six in the second, Max Scherzer nevertheless pitched shutout ball for five innings before giving up a solo homer to backup first baseman Jordan Pacheco. Scherzer's final line was 7 IP 1ER 5H 6K 1BB.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (3-3, ERA 1.99) is an ideal fantasy choice (though very expensive) because he doesn't believe in pitching to the score.

 

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Max Scherzer struck out ten for the second game in a row, notching the win despite allowing five runs (including a three-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton).

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (2-3, ERA 2.11) was masterful until the eighth inning. The home run was only the second he has given up in six starts, The righty leads the NL in FIP (1.94) and has a 49/5 strikeout/walk ratio.

 

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Max Scherzer dominated Mets hitters except for a home run by Michael Cuddyer that proved to be the difference between him and Matt Harvey. Scherzer ended with a line of 7IP 1ER 5H 10K 1BB (Game Score 72) and the loss.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (1-3) leads the National League in ERA (1.26), ERA+ (307) and FIP (1.93).

 

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Nationals ace right-hander Max Scherzer has recovered from his thumb injury and will start Friday in New York. His scheduled opponent is Mets ace Matt Harvey. (Source: Chris Johnson of MASN)

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (1-2) has a 1.26 ERA and a 29/4 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He has not allowed a home run.

 

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Max Scherzer jammed the thumb of his pitching hand during an at-bat in his start on April 23 and since then has been unable to throw without discomfort. He plans to take a conservative approach so if he cannot throw all his pitches pain-free on Monday he will skip his next start. (Source: Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider)

Fantasy Impact: It's not clear what the Nationals will do if Scherzer misses his turn.They can either throw a bullpen game with Tanner Roark going 3-4 innings or bring up a starter from Triple-A and demote a reliever. At this point it seems unlikely Scherzer will go on the DL.

 

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Max Scherzer was undone by a wild pitch and a hit batter, but otherwise was in top form, throwing only 82 pitches to get through seven innings (7IP 2ER 6H 4K 0BB).

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer, now 1-2, has an ERA of 1.26 with a 29/4 KK/BB ratio in four starts (28 2/3 innings). His next scheduled start is in Atlanta on April 28.

 

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Max Scherzer was in control of the Phillies' lineup as he struck out nine, walked none and allowed one earned run on four hits in eight innings.

Fantasy Impact: In three starts, Scherzer (1-1) has allowed two earned runs (ERA 0.83), struck out 25 and walked four. His next outing will be against a more formidable opponent, the St. Louis Cardinals, on April 23.

 

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Max Scherzer notched it up when he got in trouble, escaping several jams and throwing six innings with one earned run, six hits, two walks, eight strikeouts, for a Game Score of 62. He took a no-decision when the bullpen blew a 2-1 lead.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer is as advertised, plenty of strikeouts, low ERA, and he will, sooner or later, win games.

 

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Max Scherzer took a no-hitter into the sixth inning until he was betrayed by two Ian Desmond errors, and he took the loss, 3-1. Scherzer's final line: 7 2/3 innings, four hits, three runs (all unearned), eight strikeouts, and two walks for a Game Score of 71.

Fantasy Impact: Hopefully, the Nats will clean up their defense and provide some offense to back Scherzer. In the meantime, expect strikeouts and a low ERA from the Ace.

 

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Nationals Ace Max Scherzer was in top form as he struck out nine, walked none, hit a batter and allowed three hits in six innings of work. He got out of his only jam (runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out) by striking out the No. 8 hitter and the pitcher.

Fantasy Impact: Last year, Scherzer struck out 252 batters (third in the AL). He could strike out even more in the National League facing pitchers at the plate.

 

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Max Scherzer gets the nod to be the opening day starter for the Nationals. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: He starts the season as the Nationals number one in a stacked rotation. The Nationals are all-in in 2015 and Max is leading the way. Look for him to have a strong season and worth the high draft pick.

 

Max Scherzer looked sharp in his third spring training start, striking out three, walking one and allowing a double in four innings of work.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer is on track for an Ace-like performance in 2015, well worth drafting as your first starter if he's available.

 

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Scherzer has a simple motto; You either get better or you get worse. Right now, Scherzer is focused on getting better and has added a refined Cutter to unleash on the NL (Source: NBCSports)

Fantasy Impact: After receiving the biggest free agent contract for a pitcher ever, Scherzer got to work and added a pitch to his arsenal. He isn't the best SO pitcher in the game but this should help increase his numbers. Right now he owns a 27% strikeout rate and is one of the safest bets on the board. In his six full seasons with over 1,200 IP under his belt, Scherzer has never landed on the disabled list, and he’s now as safe a bet for 200 IP with 220 K as there exists in the league. His ERA has been low for the past two seasons, and now he’s moving to a great pitcher’s park, league, and division,. There’s absolutely no good reason in my mind to worry about him.

 

Max Scherzer has agreed to a 7-year contract with the Washington Nationals worth a reported $210 million. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The elite right-handed power pitcher has finally landed on a team. Already considered by many to be the most talented starting pitching staff in 2014, the Nationals add a top-5 starting pitcher to their already sterling roster. There are questions now if Stephen Strasburg or Jordan Zimmerman could be moved. Expect Scherzer to have an ERA under 3.00, a WHIP around 1.10, and compete with Clayton Kershaw for the NL strikeout champion. Scherzer is a locked in stud for 2015, so draft him with confidence.

 

Many teams are looking at the top free agent, but, as with all top free agents, the Yankees are always a viable option. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees are without a true ace and Scherzer would give them the pitcher that they need to compete, even if the price tag is steep. The Yankees have made some shrewd short term price cutting moves and do have the financial space to acquire Scherzer. The 30 year old righty has become one of the premier pitchers in baseball, winning the 2013 AL Cy Young and racking 10.5 K/9 and a 3.24 ERA over the past three seasons. The true difference in his game over the past four seasons with the Tigers is that he has refined his control, now only 2.6 BB/9, and that he has averaged 217 innings over the past two seasons. Scherzer is a top-five SP for the season and the Yankees pairing him with Masahiro Tanaka would give them a one-two punch that compares with any in the AL.

 

A six year contract at $25 million is a bit too much for the Yankees, so they will look for other options then Scherzer to top the rotation. (Source: ESPN NY)

Fantasy Impact: Although Scherzer may be too expensive, the Yankees may still be in the running for James Shields. The former Cy Young winner would have been a nice addition, but Shields has pitched in the AL East for seven years with the Rays and gained playoff experience with both the Royals and Rays. Although he may not be as flashy as Scherzer, Shields has topped 200 innings for eight seasons and the Yankees need a stable option at the top of the rotation.

 

According to Detroit Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday, free agent starting pitcher Max Scherzer is still a possible signing for the club. (Source: MLive.com)

Fantasy Impact: This is good news for Tigers fans, but keeping Scherzer is still only a remote possibility at the moment. With free agency playing itself out, don't expect the right-handed stud to be in any hurry to sign with a team in the near future. As other top tiered starting pitchers like Jon Lester and James Shields sign, you can expect the Scott Boras client to wait to make a choice. No matter the salaries for the other top tier pitchers, it is fair to assume that Scherzer will only come back to the Tigers for less than last year's offer of six-years and $144 million dollars. Considering his age, awkward delivery, the loss of velocity on his fastball last season as well as it appearing to be a tight market, Scherzer will have a hard time finding a suitor that will match his 7-year, near $200 million dollar demands.