The marquee pitching matchup of the day had former Cy Young winners Max Scherzer and Jake Arrieta pitching the rubber match of the Phillies-Nationals series. Arrieta was fine—he allowed a run on two hits and two walks in six innings—but Mad Max was downright historic:
If you want to get a feel for just how cruel the game of baseball was to Max Scherzer last night, watch a little bit of his postgame interview, in which he stood shell-shocked in front of his locker and tried to explain how a fifth inning that started with two quick outs ended with four runs crossing the plate.
There are seven different ways to allow a baserunner, and the Nationals engaged in far too many of them in a nightmarish fifth inning that saw their 4-3 lead turn into a 7-4 deficit.
Max Scherzer had to leave his final start of the regular season in the fourth inning last night when he pulled up lame after throwing a pitch. Nationals manager Dusty Baker tried to play it off like it was no big deal, but the Nationals are less than a week away from a playoff series. It’s kind of a big deal, Dusty!
Nationals ace and perennial Cy Young contender Max Scherzer got a pretty huge career moment in the second inning of tonight’s game against the Marlins, smashing an 0-2 pitch into the left field stands for a three-run dinger.
All-Star Game starter Max Scherzer was hot on the Fox mic during his scoreless first inning—and, given his expressive vocalizing, maybe just plain hot. *GRUNT*
Max Scherzer came very close to throwing a no-hitter while you were eating lunch. And then, with one out in the eighth inning, everything went to shit. It was a quintessential Max Scherzer game until it wasn’t, and it was yet another display of Dusty Baker’s peculiar judgment.
Max Scherzer, like all pitchers, goalies, kickers, and other solitary sportsmen, is a lunatic. Sometimes he’s growling at his coaches. Sometimes it’s at no one in particular. Scherzer was on one last night, striking out 14 over seven innings as the Nationals beat the Dodgers 2-1. And if you are both sensitive to bad…
Max Scherzer took a hard liner off his leg in the top of the fourth inning in yesterday’s game against the Phillies. Per Statcast, it was a 100 mph shot. He immediately fell to the ground, and took about four minutes to recover and test his pitches.
Max Scherzer was dominant last night, holding the Baltimore Orioles to just two runs in eight innings while striking out 11. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and he also made it clear that he didn’t want to put up with any bullshit from his coaches.
Mets farmhand Tim Tebow started at left field this afternoon in a spring training game against the Nationals and their ace Max Scherzer. Tebow will begin the season playing Class A ball with the Columbia Fireflies, but he’ll finish up spring training with the Mets, where he’s been having some issues with major league…
There’s nothing ordinary about striking out 20 guys in a single game, and Max Scherzer doesn’t really need any help shining up the diamond he gave us last night, but this performance stands out as unusual even amongst its peers.
Max Scherzer tied the MLB record with 20 strikeouts against the Detroit Tigers tonight, throwing 96 strikes on 119 pitches in nine innings of work as the Nationals won 3-2. He had a chance to get 21, but James McCann grounded out to a sheepish Daniel Murphy. Scherzer struck out at least two Tigers in every inning but…
Max Scherzer, who in June came within an out of a perfect game and sandwiched that no-hitter with a one-hitter and five more perfect innings, no-hit the Mets tonight en route to becoming the first hurler since Nolan Ryan in 1973 to hold two teams hitless in the same regular season.
The Washington Nationals, the saddest and most dysfunctional team in the league, are somehow still playing baseball games. I kind of assumed that everyone had already packed up their shit and gone home for the winter, but nope! They’re still out there, pitchin’ and hittin’ and catchin’. At least Max Scherzer and Bryce…
Max Scherzer downed 26 Pirates in order today but failed to achieve baseball’s 24th perfect game when he hit Pirates pinch-hitter Jose Tabata with a pitch on a 2-2 count. Scherzer struck out 10 in the 6-0 Nationals victory in Washington, just days after earning a game score that was among the best in history. Oh, and…
Max Scherzer put the Milwaukee Brewers in his pocket and took ‘em for a walk Sunday, effortlessly pitching a complete game, one-hit shutout while striking out 16. He threw 119 pitches and walked one, with the only hit coming off a bloop single in the seventh. It was, pretty much literally, better than perfect.
This whole thing is pretty silly and exhausting, so let’s get right to it.
Deadspin readers have overwhelmingly demanded to know what it would look like if various major leaguers had pitcher Aaron Harang’s distinctive eyes. In the interest of service to you, the reader, we present various major leaguers with Aaron Harang’s distinctive eyes.
This is the week when most MLB teams have their official Photo Day, meaning that we have once again been graced with a bunch of pictures of professional athletes looking like awkward eighth-graders. We browsed through a bunch of this year’s crop and found our favorites. Blue Jays catcher Jack Murphy, who looks eager…