Scherzer’s 1st Inning Woes Continue
It’s a surprise early on in the season that the Washington Nationals are 14-5 and that their ace is statistically their worst pitcher right now. While there’s no need to panic about Scherzer’s struggles only one month into the season, his first inning woes are something that stand out.
Back in 2015, Scherzer gave up 11 first inning runs, which was second on the team behind Jordan Zimmermann (16). So far, in just five starts this season, he has given up eight runs, which is the most on the team and tied with Alfredo Simon (Reds) for most in the league.
The problem for Scherzer last night was his command. His four walks were the most he has had in any start as a member of the Washington Nationals. Two of those walks were to Odubel Herrera, who has now four career walks against Scherzer.
As the Nats’ ace told the media after the game, the issue for him was his fastball command:
However, despite getting in numerous jams, Scherzer was able to hold the Phillies to only three runs on seven hits, and struck out seven on 116 pitches (79 strikes). That run total could’ve been higher if not for Anthony Rendon’s excellent double play in the top of the fifth.
Even when Scherzer isn’t on his game, he is still able to battle through a start and put up a quality outing to keep his team in the game. While there is no panic yet on Scherzer’s slow start, there should definitely be some concern.
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