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Washington Nationals RHP Max Scherzer has been scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday vs. the Baltimore Orioles with right triceps discomfort.
Jon Lester will start in Scherzer's place vs. the O's. The veteran hurler has been the subject of trade rumors recently so it would make sense that the Nationals want to keep him healthy if they do indeed decide to move him before next week's deadline. "Mad Max" has a 7-4 record, 2.38 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 142:25 K/BB ratio over 105 1/3 innings this season.
As the trade deadline approaches, the Nationals have a decision to make on ace Max Scherzer. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the veteran hurler is “being discussed potential trades” as of late.
Scherzer has a no-trade clause, but as Heyman notes, a deal coming together “seems quite possible” considering Washington is seven games back in its division. The former first-round pick is 7-4 with a 2.38 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 142 strikeouts so far this year. If he were to be moved, he’d have to waive his no-trade clause and the Nats would need to be blown away by an offer.
Max Scherzer allowed four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out eight in seven innings pitched during the Nationals' 8-7 victory over the Padres.
Scherzer pitched well, though all four runs were brought in via the homer. His ERA stands at 2.83. He will carry a 7-4 record into Baltimore this weekend.
Max Scherzer struggled on Thursday and allowed seven earned runs with five hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.
Scherzer cruised through 3 innings, then things fell apart once a relief pitcher hit a grand slam. He has been dominant all season outside of Thursday's start.
In Friday's 10-5 loss against the Dodgers, Max Scherzer allowed four hits, one earned run, and one walk with eight strikeouts. After Scherzer left, the bullpen blew the game open and allowed nine earned runs.
If we toss out the 1/3 inning where Scherzer left early, he allowed one earned run in four straight starts. Scherzer lowered his ERA to 2.10 in 94 1/3 innings.