The title says it all. Max Scherzer has been worth every penny of the 7 year, $210 million the Nationals gave him this off-season. To be honest, he’s been the best pitcher in the game and I’m here to tell you why.
Fresh off his second career complete game shut-out in which he recorded 16 strikeouts, only allowed one hit and one walk and was perfect through six innings, Max is putting together another elite season. Don’t let his 7-5 record fool you, ladies and gents, win/lose never tells the full story. Scherzer is dealing and currently has a sub-2 era, 1.93 to be exact. He leads all qualified starters in FIP at 2.03, strikeouts with 113 of them and in WHIP at 0.88. All eye-popping numbers.
Scherzer has been the work horse Washington hoped they got when they signed him to a monster deal. He’s 5th in innings pitched and is tied for 5th in quality starts with 10, only two back of the leader Zack Greinke. Another tell-tale stat he has going for him is K/9, which again he’s 5th in, averaging 10.9 per 9 innings.
Max simply doesn’t allow base-runners either. He’s only walked 14 opposing batters in the 93+ innings he’s worked and has only allowed 68 hits. Yes, moving to the National League presents some advantages for pitchers but this isn’t a fluke, Max is elite.