For the fourth time in the last five seasons, Max Scherzer posted an ERA below 3.00 and a WHIP below 1.00 while throwing 200 or more innings. Since the start of the Expansion Era in 1961, only four other pitchers have matched that level of dominance (Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, Juan Marichal and Sandy Koufax), and no pitcher has delivered five seasons at that level. Scherzer nearly fell short with his workload in 2017, as a series of minor injuries in the second half cost him time. Fortunately, none of the injuries (neck, calf, hamstring) were to his arm. Skills wise, he's showing no signs of slowing down as he rolls through his early 30s, as his 34.4 percent strikeout rate (12.0 K/9) was a career-high while opposing hitters hit a meager .176 against him. Further refinement of the changeup has given Scherzer yet another plus weapon for his arsenal, and as long as he's healthy, his eventual decline should be a very graceful one. He'll be among the first few pitchers off the board again in 2018.
Scherzer tossed five scoreless innings in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out nine. It seems safe to say the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner is ready for the regular season. Scherzer dealt with some minor injuries in 2017 -- his 200.1 innings marked his lowest total since 2012 -- but health seems to be the only thing standing between the 33-year-old and another dominant campaign.
Scherzer struck out five over three perfect innings in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has attacked spring training with his usual gusto, striking out eight through his first five innings. At 33 years old, Scherzer is showing no signs of slowing down as he looks to make 30-plus starts for the 10th straight season.
Scherzer will be available out of the bullpen if he's needed for Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday, Paul Sullivan of The Chicago Tribune reports. Since Scherzer won't be able to make another start after toeing the rubber during Game 3 against the Cubs on Monday, he will be active in a relief role for the remainder of the series according to general manager Mike Rizzo, with "all hands on deck" as the team faces elimination. During Monday's outing, Scherzer allowed just one earned run on one hit and three walks while striking out seven in 6.1 innings.
Scherzer (hamstring) was named as the starter for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Monday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. Scherzer was able to go through a bullpen session Friday, and should be good to go for Game 3 in Chicago. Manager Dusty Baker also confirmed that Gio Gonzalez will take the mound for Game 2 on Saturday. With Scherzer throwing Monday, he won't be able to make two starts this series, but could be an option out of the bullpen during a pivotal Game 5, if it's necessary.
Scherzer (hamstring) will toss a bullpen session Thursday, Mark Gonzales of The Chicago Tribune reports. Manager Dusty Baker has held off on announcing his rotation for the NLDS, besides listing Stephen Strasburg as Friday's Game 1 starter, which leaves Scherzer's status up in the air as to whether he will be able to go Saturday for Game 2, or wait until the series heads to Chicago for Game 3. It appears as though the club wants to see how Scherzer's bullpen session goes before making a decision, so expect an announcement on his status within the near future.