Secretary Of the Interior: Max Scherzer
In our government, the Secretary of the Interior’s job is to watch over the natural environment and to protect the resources that we have. From a baseball sense, I interpret it as someone who protects the mound on a start-by-start basis. That would make this honor go to Max Scherzer.
Even though Scherzer didn’t win any of his two postseason starts this year, he still is the one pitcher on the Washington Nationals that people expect great things to happen when he is on the mound. It could be two no-hitters in 2015 or a 20-strikeout performance in 2016.
Scherzer is one of the three finalists for the National League Cy Young Award as he tries to win the second Cy Young of his career. This season, Scherzer led the National League in wins, Innings pitched, and strikeouts.
With Stephen Strasburg’s injury concerns during the latter portion of the season, Scherzer was relied upon more than ever to stop long losing streaks. But, that is why he makes $210 million.
In the second half this past season, the right-hander went 10-1 with a 2.86 ERA and had 120 strikeouts in 15 starts. Despite not winning Game 5, he did have seven strikeouts and only gave up the one solo home run to Joc Pederson in six plus innings.
Heading into his age 33 season, Scherzer is still one of the best, if not the best starting pitcher in the National League. He has 13 home wins in 31 starts in D.C, but he is still the pitcher fans should feel comfortable watching when he takes the mound at Nats Park.