Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer

SP - WSH
Age: 34College: MissouriBats: RThrows: R

Next Game

WSH @ NYM
Tue, 5/21 7:10pm
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You may not know it from his surface stats over the first two months of the season, but Scherzer is still the best pitcher in baseball. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is the best it's ever been, but his ERA has suffered from an unlucky BABIP and strand rate that should normalize soon. Scherzer's FIP, xFIP, and SIERA all indicate that he is pitching like a sub-3.00 ERA pitcher, and that's what you can expect going forward.

Conventional wisdom has cautioned against taking a pitcher in the opening round. Scherzer, however, earned an exception. The added risk of hurlers keeps investors away early, but Washington's ace has posted a sub-3.00 ERA, sub-1.00 WHIP, and at least 268 strikeouts in 200 innings in each of the last four seasons. He hit 300 punchouts last season with the best swinging-strike rate (16.2%) of any qualified starter. Although pitchers can malfunction without any prior notice, Scherzer has earned trust as one of fantasy's premier investments. Don't overreact to a stunning early beatdown at Miami; he still sports a 2.25 FIP and 28.9 K-BB% underneath a 4.45 ERA through five starts.

Looking for 18 wins, 220 innings and nearly 300 strikeouts? You can virtually lock it in with Scherzer. Not only that, be he has a 0.975 WHIP over the past six seasons. That is downright unfair. Don't hesitate to grab him late in the 1st round this year.