Scherzer’s Shortest Outing Of The Season
If there was one disappointment from last night’s loss, it was the performance of Max Scherzer as he had one of his worst starts of the season. The right-hander only went four innings, gave up four runs on seven hits, struck out three, and walked two on 97 pitches (61 strikes). Plus, his struggles at Coors Field continued yesterday as he is 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA in five career starts.
Just like early in the season, the first inning was the problem for Scherzer as he gave up three early runs and he had trouble locating his pitches. After a one out single by LeMahieu, Carlos Gonzalez drew a seven-pitch walk and Nolan Arenado took four straight sliders from 0-2 down in the count.
While Scherzer only gave up one run over the final three innings of his outing (Charlie Blackmon solo home run in the fourth), the high pitch count was just too much to leave him in for five innings in the altitude. In two of the four innings he pitched, he needed 30+ pitches, including 35 in the first inning.
All that being said, it was good to see the Washington Nationals offense step up for Scherzer and bail him out after not giving him much run support against the Indians. However, I wouldn’t expect a bad outing from Scherzer in the next series against the Braves.
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