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Max Scherzer (SP)

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Max Scherzer allowed just one run over seven innings on Sunday, giving up six hits, walking one and striking out seven. Unfortunately, the Nats scored only one run over the course of an 18-inning affair, and Scherzer was left with a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Statistically, Scherzer is have what looks to be his second-best season at this point, with a 10-6 record and 2.94 ERA and minuscule 0.96 ERA. He is at his absolute prime right now and is poised to be one of the best fantasy baseball options on any given night.

 

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Max Scherzer allowed one run (no earned runs) in seven innings against the Mets on Saturday, allowing only three hits and two walks. Scherzer now has quality starts in eight of his last 10 starts, allowing one earned run or fewer in six of his last seven starts. He has a 3.03 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 2016.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer is 10-6 this season and is top-five in the National League in innings pitched (127 2/3) and WHIP (0.96) while leading the league with 164 strikeouts. He had a bit of a rough stretch early, seeing his ERA jump to 4.05 after his May 27 start, but has solidified himself as a top-five SP.

 

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For the second time in two weeks, Max Scherzer lost to the Brewers, allowing one run on four hits in six innings of the Nationals' 1-0 loss to the Brewers on Monday. Scherzer only struck out seven batters, ending his four game stretch of double-digit strikeouts, and walked three batters for the second straight start against Milwaukee. He has a 3.21 ERA this season and will face the Mets on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: It is simple to say that the Brewers own Scherzer this season, as he allowed five runs in seven innings on June 24 against Milwaukee, but he still leads the National League with 155 strikeouts and is third with a 0.97 WHIP. If there is any owner willing to give up on Scherzer, acquire him, as he is a safe bet for eight or more strikeouts per start while minimizing baserunners. Current Mets have a .672 OPS in 283 at-bats against Scherzer and Scherzer is 1-1 with 20 strikeouts and a 1.32 ERA in 13 2/3 innings against New York this season.

 

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Max Scherzer allowed two hits and one walk over seven shutout innings against the Mets on Wednesday while striking out 10 batters. This is the sixth double-digit strikeout game in his last nine starts for Scherzer, who will finish June with a 1.98 ERA and 0.73 WHIP. He will face the Brewers on Monday and is 9-5 with a 3.30 ERA and 0.96 WHIP this season.

Fantasy Impact: This is a great bounce back start for Scherzer, who allowed five runs in his last start, to maintain his status as a top-10 SP. Scherzer has also walked one batter or fewer in each of his last three double-digit strikeout performances. He just allowed five runs to the Brewers on June 24 , but current Brewers have a .474 OPS against Scherzer in 71 at-bats.

 

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Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters on Friday for the Nationals, his sixth time in nine starts that he struck out double digit batters, but also allowed five runs on five hits in six innings against the Brewers. He had allowed four runs in his last 28 innings coming into the game and has not allowed more than five hits in a start since May 22. Scherzer has a 3.52 ERA and 1.00 WHIP this season and will start on Wednesday against the Mets

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer has allowed five runs or more in three of his last 10 starts, but his strikeout potential makes him a solid start in DFS and a SP1 in season long leagues. He walked three batters on Friday, but still has walked only 28 batters this season to go along with his 138 strikeouts that rank second in the National League. Current Mets have a .712 OPS against Scherzer in 260 at-bats, registering 88 strikeouts against the right-handed ace.

 

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Max Scherzer struck out ten

Mon, Jun 20th 4:39pm EDT
By Bobby Sylvester

Max Scherzer tossed six innings of one-run baseball in Saturday's loss at San Diego. Scherzer struck out another ten hitters, which marks the fifth time in eight contests.

Fantasy Impact: This was Scherzer's shortest outing since April, facing only 22 hitters, but was the most pitches (113) that he has thrown during the same frame. If this is the worst Scherzer has pitched in a while, fantasy owners have to be quite pleased.

 

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Scherzer turned in another specatcular performance Monday night, striking out 11 over seven innings while only giving up two hits.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer now sports a 8-4 record on the season with 118 strikeouts. The only negative on the evening was a solo shot given up to Addison Russell. He next takes the mound Saturday against the Padres.

 

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Scherzer turned in an excellent performance on Wednesday night, going seven innings, giving up only five hits and striking out six.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer improved to 7-4 on the season with the win. More importantly he did not give up a home run, which has been his kryptonite thus far on the season. He has another tough match up when he faces off against the Cubs on Monday.

 

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Scherzer turned in a good performance against the Phillies throwing eight innings of two run ball while striking out 11 batters.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer is amongst the league leaders in strikeouts but has been rather disappointing in the other counting stats. Also of concern is that he yet up another home run, something that has turned into a routine occurance for the former Cy Young Winner.

 

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Scherzer struggled with his command Friday against the Cards, walking four and gave up five earned runs. Most the damage came in the third inning when he served up a grand slam to Stephen Picotty.

Fantasy Impact: The long ball has plagued Scherzer all season as he has seen his ERA hover around 4.00 for the majority of the year. If he doesn't get things under control it maybe time for owners to look at selling while he still retains peak value.

 

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Scherzer struck out eight batters only allowing six hits and two runs.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer has been rolling as of late, picking up 38 strikeouts in his last three outings. The longball continues to be a bit of a concern as he has allowed another blast to Justin Bour in the seventh inning. Despite the homeruns, he continues to provide consistency in the win and strikeout categories. Start him with confidence.

 

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Max Scherzer adds 10 more Ks

Wed, May 18th 11:58am EDT
By Bobby Doll

Scherzer followed up his 20 K performance with a quality start. The Mets hit two HR off of Scherzer to hand him the loss, but he still struck out 10.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer has been a bit inconsistent to start the year and still holds an ERA over 4.00. The long ball has plagued him this year as he's allowing a HR/9 that's about double his career norm. However, he's put together consecutive dominant outings while whiffing 30 batters combined.

 

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Scherzer tied the major league record for strikeouts in a nine inning game by striking out 20 batters. The only mistakes on the day were home runs to J.D Martinez and to Jose Iglesias. With the performance, he joins Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and Kerry Wood as the only pitchers to strikeout 20 batters in a nine inning game.

Fantasy Impact: This was a nice bounceback game for Scherzer who's K/9 got a huge boost. Look for Scherzer to go on a nice run now that he had a confidence boosting performance. Owners should be aware that his walkrate and home runs allowed are up considerably and are worth monitoring as the season progresses.

 

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On Friday, Scherzer was scorched for seven runs over five innings. Most of the damage came off of four homeruns hit by the Cubs hitters. He also walked four batters but did strike out seven.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer's record dropped to 3-2 with the loss. His ERA was also raised to 4.50. The National's ace has been prone to difficult months in the past few season's so owners shouldn't hit the panic button yet. He looks to bounce back next week when he faces the Tigers.

 

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Scherzer threw seven innings of shutout ball against the Cardinals. He only gave up four hits on the afternoon and no walks.

Fantasy Impact: This was an outing that Scherzer owners have been waiting for all season. On the season, Scherzer owns a 3-1 record with 30 strikeouts and 3.55 ERA. Though he has struggled in his first six starts of the season, owners should stay patient as he remains a top-five pitching option with major upside in strikeouts and 20 win potential.

 

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Max Scherzer failed to get another win despite a favorable matchup Tuesday. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in six innings.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer hasn't performed like the ace owners were expecting when they selected him among the first SPs in this year's draft. He's provided only mediocre numbers (4.35 ERA/1.32 WHIP) and just under a strikeout per inning.

 

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Both Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon will be rested on Thursday and will not be in the starting lineup against Scherzer and the Nationals. (Source: MLB Lineups on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With both Stanton and Gordon out of the lineup, Scherzer becomes an even more intriguing option in DFS today.

 

Scherzer had a good game giving up only five hits, walking only one and striking out seven. The only run he gave up was a solo shot to Cameron Rupp in the fifth inning.

Fantasy Impact: As expected Scherzer had a nice bounce back game after some tough starts against the Braves in his first two starts. He will look to keep the ball rolling when he faces the Marlins on Thursday.

 

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Max Scherzer threw six innings, giving up four runs while striking out six batters. All of the damage came in the first two innings, but he did settle down after the second not giving up any runs.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer has gotten off to a slow start in his first two appearances of the year. There is very little to be concerned about here as Scherzer remains the second best pitching option behind Kershaw. He will look to right the ship in his next start against Philadelphia.

 

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Scherzer threw seven innings of two run, three hit ball while striking out seven. The only runs he allowed were homeruns by Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer will look to build on a solid 2015 campaign that saw him strikeout 276 and maintain an ERA of 2.79. Scherzer should see a spike in wins with the addition of a proven manager and defensive savy left fielder.

 

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The Washington Nationals will start Max Scherzer for the season opener and Stephen Strasburg in the home opener. (Source: Anthony Castrovince on twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a standard process for Max Scherzer as he is widely considered the second best pitcher in real and fantasy baseball. Scherzer should be the second pitcher taken in every fantasy baseball draft.

 

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Max Scherzer was in better form Sunday afternoon, throwing four innings and striking out five. His only blip on the day was an RBI given up to Carson Kelly in the second.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer has an average ADP of 14; however industry experts have him ranked around 20th overall. While he is an excellent source for strikeouts and wins, fantasy owners may want to look at holding out to get him as pitchers with comparable stats seem to be coming off the board in the third and fourth rounds.

 

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Max Scherzer allowed a run on three hits over two innings in his latest Spring Training start. He now has allowed the single run over four innings spanning two starts this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer turned in another solid season in his first year with the Nationals. He struck out 276 batters in over 228 innings with an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP under 1.000. Projections like more of the same in 2016, though a large majority of our experts are a bit wary of him returning value at his current ADP of 14.

 

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Michael Brady, the converted infielder turned pitcher threw his first inning of the Grapefruit League today. He did not allow a run, gave up one hit and struck out one, earning the save in a 4-2 Nationals win.

Fantasy Impact: Brady was primarily used as a starter during the 2015 season in the minors but could be used by the Nationals in a reliever role. With an above average fastball and cutter, he could be used in the late innings, possibly providing a cheap source for holds should he make the team.

 

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Max Scherzer emphatically demanded that he be left in to get the last batter of the seventh inning, and he did, to finish with two runs allowed (a first-inning homer) on five hits, striking out six while walking three (104 pitches, Game Score 62). Scherzer left with the score tied at 2-2, the Nationals winning it in extras.

Fantasy Impact: The three walks are uncharacteristic for Scherzer (12-11, ERA 2.90) but the home run, unfortunately, is not. Scherzer's next start will be at Nationals Park against the Orioles, in a "must-win" game.

 

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Max Scherzer was in top form on Sunday, locating all his pitches. He struck out six and walked none in eight innings of work (102 pitches Game Score 78)

Fantasy Impact: It's as if the real Max Scherzer (12-11, ERA 2.91) vanished for six weeks, but he might be back now.

 

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Again, Max Scherzer was bitten by the home run bug, giving up three big flies, as well as four doubles, which added up to five earned runs in six innings. Although he reached 97-98 mph several times, his control was off and too many pitches caught too much of the plate. He left with the game tied for a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (11-11, ERA 3.03) has been decidedly unAce-like in the second half. He says his problems are mechanical and not health, but he should be avoided until further notice.

 

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Max Scherzer struck out ten and walked none in six innings, as he allowed 11 hits and two earned runs, with one homer (108 pitches, Game Score 52). Although he left the game with a 3-2 lead, he took a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Although this was far from a perfect outing, it was certainly an improvement over Max's August. Hopefully, as the weather cools, Scherzer (11-11, ERA 2.89) will allow fewer home runs. Meanwhile his K/BB of 8.42 leads all starters, and his 219 strikeouts ranks him tied for fourth.

 

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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.