Max Scherzer posted his second straight season with a sub-3.00 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP, his third straight with more than 250 strikeouts, his fourth straight with more than 210 innings pitched, and his second 20-win campaign en route to his second Cy Young Award, becoming the sixth pitcher in history to win the award in each league. In fact, his 11.2 K/9 rate was the best of his career, and while his BB/9 and HR/9 rates showed some regression, the former in particular has a long way to go before it will be anything close to a concern. Scherzer has become the prototype of a modern ace, and his presence at the top of the Nats' rotation allows them to weather Stephen Strasburg's annual DL trips better than most other organizations could. As long as the stress fracture in his finger suffered over the winter is healed by spring training, he should remain one of the majors' truly elite starting pitchers.
Scherzer (knuckle) threw on flat ground Friday after being able to play catch Thursday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. He continues to work out now that the stress fracture in the knuckle of his right finger has healed. Scherzer is typically one of the first starting pitchers drafted in early fantasy mocks, but this condition is worth watching as close to draft day as possible. As long as he isn't set to miss much or any time after Opening Day, he'll remain one of the best starting pitchers to own, though any indication of a delay may nip his value slightly.
Scherzer (knuckle) would not commit to being ready for Opening Day, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports. The stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger is healed, but he is still experiencing symptoms. Scherzer played catch Thursday and has already been throwing tennis and lacrosse balls this winter, but only moved up to throwing a baseball this week. Cautious owners may want to downgrade the Nationals' ace ever so slightly until we get a more positive report on his status for the start of the season.
Scherzer was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger Monday, and will no longer participate in the World Baseball Classic, MASN's Dan Kolko reports. Despite the stress fracture, the Nationals say Scherzer will be a full participant in spring training. While this obviously is not great news, it sounds like the reigning NL Cy Young award winner will be ready for the start of the season. From a fantasy perspective, it also could be seen as a bit of a blessing that he will not participate in the WBC. It is worth monitoring his status as spring training approaches, but for now his draft day value should not take a hit.
Scherzer won the 2016 National League Cy Young Award. The award is the second of Scherzer's career, with the other coming in 2013 during his tenure in Detroit. That makes him the sixth pitcher in MLB history to win the title in both the AL and NL. Scherzer might have led the league in home runs allowed with 31, but that didn't offset that he also led in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, WHIP, and strikeout-to-walk ratio. A pair of Cubs, Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks, came in second and third place respectively behind Scherzer.
Manager Dusty Baker announced that Scherzer will start Game 1 of the Nationals' NLDS series against the Dodgers on Friday, CSN's Chase Hughes reports. It comes as no surprise that Scherzer, on the heels of another dominant season, will get the ball Friday in the Nationals' playoff opener. He is expected to square off against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw in what would clearly be a marquee mound matchup.