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.
Scherzer (19-7) allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts over six innings to beat the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Scherzer saw his very first pitch of the night get lofted into the seats by Jean Segura, but recovered well for his seventh consecutive quality start. His nationals trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but scored four runs in that frame to help their ace turn his 13th double-digit strikeout performance into his 19th win. Scherzer will be going for his second 20-win season if the Nationals opt to let him pitch in the season finale Sunday against Miami.
Scherzer allowed three runs on four hits and two walks over 6.2 innings Wednesday against the Marlins, striking out eight and earning his 18th win. Scherzer zoomed through six innings Wednesday before running into trouble in the seventh, when he allowed three runs on a pair of homers before being removed mid-inning. Luckily for him, the Nationals offense found its mojo and provided eight runs of support. Scherzer just continues to put up stellar numbers with a league-leading 267 strikeouts and a 2.82 ERA on the year. He's lined up to start against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, and it could be his final start of the regular season as the Nationals will likely have nothing to play for when his rotation spot comes back around Sunday.