Washington Nationals: 5 Things To Watch Against Arizona

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Bryce Harper
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Bryce Harper /
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CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 15: Max Scherzer
CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 15: Max Scherzer /

Max Scherzer

Scherzer has been masterful on the mound in 2017. The supremely talented right-hander has dominated opposing teams, and his starts have become must see for people who love seeing a starting pitcher carve through opposing hitters with great ease. He leads the NL in ERA, strikeouts, ERA+, FIP, WHIP, and SO/9.

The Nationals ace is a tough matchup for the opposition, as he throws all of the pitches in his arsenal for strikes and can rack up a plethora of strikeouts in the process. There are 12 starts this season that he has fanned at least 10 batters, including reaching double-digit K’s in each of his last three outings.

Scherzer is a difference-maker on the mound for the Nationals and rarely has a bad start.  In just two of his 19 starts has the righty yielded more than three runs.

The ace has performed very well in his career against the Diamondbacks, as indicated by his 2.41 ERA in six starts facing them.

He’s also thrown the ball well in Chase Field, by posting a 3.85 ERA, striking out 139 batters and issuing 45 walks in 25 games (21 games started) in the ballpark.

Scherzer is phenomenal in every facet of pitching, and it’s wonderful seeing someone be a master at their craft.