Remember that? At one time Max Scherzer’s mechanics were at point of concern.
Yet here we are. He continues to reach new heights while Matt Harvey and his perfect mechanics are getting DFA’d by the Mets.
Guy lasts 6.1 innings and punches out 15, on the anniversary of Kerry Woods 20-strikeout game no less. Maybe be a slight bit more efficient next time, Max. I think we’d all like to see someone make a run at breaking that record and it seems like he’s the only one who has a legitimate chance of doing it.
In all seriousness though, there’s no debate about who the best pitcher in baseball is anymore, right?
Clayton Kershaw gets his praise, but Scherzer’s roasted him in the Cy Young voting the last two years.
Madison Bumgarner might be the ultimate postseason pitcher, but he doesn’t sniff Scherzer’s regular season numbers.
Corey Kluber is up there, but not quite on Scherzer’s level.
Chris Sale’s very much on the outside looking in.
After those four, there’s that next tier of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Justin Verlander and several others.
Scherzer stand above them all though. And I’d rather watch 4 of the 7 pitchers I just mentioned than Scherzer, so there’s bias here.
He’s just that good.
Since going back to the National League in 2015, Scherzer has the second-lowest ERA in all of baseball (2.69) trailing only Kershaw (2.13). Scherzer’s also been a workhorse, leading all pitchers with 709 innings — that’s 106.2 more innings than Kershaw. (Seems PRETTY durable to me, Diamondbacks). He’s struck out 908 hitters in that span, posting an 11.5 K/9, leading both of those categories, as well.
The list goes on. And pretty much any category he doesn’t lead, he’s at least in the top 5 (K/BB and FIP as examples).
To look back at what he’s done over his 11-year career and know the Diamonbacks essentially gave up on him is insane. You can’t necessarily expect anyone to turn into what he is today, but you can’t miss THAT badly.
I mean, the guy’s going to reach the 3,000 strikeout mark in what 3 years, max? He’ll probably retire with around 200 wins, which by the time Scherzer is done will be a tough milestone for pitchers to reach.
First ballot hall-of-famer by the end of his career, after he wins two more Cy Youngs. Goes down as the pitcher of his era, over Kershaw.
Before that, he has to eclipse the 300 strikeout mark in a season. I’m pretty convinced he’ll do that this year, too.