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Max Scherzer flirts with perfection, instead gets chocolate sauced
The Nationals signed Max Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million contract in January, taking away one of the best pitchers from the American League and adding to an already stacked rotation that included Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister. Not all things have gone according to plan for Washington's rotation, but Scherzer has been as advertised. On Sunday, the 30-year-old righty struck out a career high 16, while allowing just one hit - a bloop single off the bat of Carlos Gomez in the seventh inning - and one walk in a complete-game shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Brewers.
According to Beyond the Boxes Score, Scherzer's performance Sunday was "Just the 10th time a pitcher has had a game score of 100 or better since 1977." It was only Scherzer's second complete game in 211 career starts, while he improved to 7-5 with a 1.93 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 113 strikeouts and 14 walks in his first 93 1/3 innings with the Nationals. The 2013 AL Cy Young award winner has never pitched better, with almost 11 strikeouts every nine innings and a career best BB/9 of 1.35. His swinging strike rate entering Sunday was 13.7 percent (a career high), in addition to a 36.8 percent swinging strike rate on balls outside of the strike zone (another career high).
Scherzer could set new career best numbers in strikeouts (252, 2014) and ERA (2.90, 2013), while only Chris Archer and Corey Kluber had a higher fWAR than Scherzer's 2.9 fWAR entering his Sunday start. Gerrit Cole was closest in the NL with 2.4. We could see a historic season for Scherzer, who is the late June clubhouse leader for NL Cy Young. Enjoy that chocolate sauce.
How many strikeouts do you think Scherzer ends up with?
Great pitching ruled the scene Sunday. In addition to Scherzer's near no-no, the Pirates got a very nice bounce back start from 38-year-old A.J. Burnett, who had a no decision despite throwing nine innings of scoreless ball against the Phillies in a 1-0 Pittsburgh win. Burnett was very efficient in this one, finishing with just four strikeouts while walking one and giving up five hits. The outstanding effort improved Burnett to 6-2 with a 1.89 ERA (second in the NL, behind Gerrit Cole), to go along with 74 strikeouts and 24 walks in 85 2/3 innings. Now is not the time to sell Burnett. I think he's going to be a factor all year.
Sonny Gray continued his "breakout" season with nine strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings in an 8-1 win over the Angels. Just another day in the office for Gray, who is now 8-3 with a 1.60 ERA and an 88/22 K/BB ratio in 95 2/3 innings of work. In addition to more strikeouts, Gray's biggest improvement has come in the form of fewer walks (3.04 BB/9 in 2014, 2.25 BB/9 in 2015 entering Sunday). He didn't walk a single Angels batter on Sunday.
Cole Hamels, with trade winds swirling, was dominant against the Pirates but took a no-decision in a 1-0 loss in 10 innings. The lefty struck out 12, walked one and allowed four hits over seven innings, moving his 2015 numbers to 5-5 with a 2.96 ERA and a 103/31 K/BB ratio in 94 1/3 innings. Hamels will be pitching somewhere else come July, but where? Let us know your guesses in the comments below.
Lance McCullers was on track for a no-hitter in Houston, allowing nothing in five innings, but he might have had to throw 150 pitches to do it. And the Astros weren't going to let that happen. Still, the 20-year-old found a way to win Sunday despite four walks in five innings. McCullers' fantasy owners have to like what they've got from the rookie so far, but starts like Sunday are going to happen. On the plus side, nothing he appears to being doing is lucky. I'm just in between on McCullers because he really only has two pitches. I would put him on the market and see what I could get. Don't make him untouchable.
Byron Buxton made his much-anticipated debut Sunday, going 0 for 4 but having a memorable debut anyway with the gam-winning run in the top of the ninth in a 4-3 win for the Twins over Texas. Buxton batted ninth and struck out two times, and the Twitter universe capitalized on this opportunity with a chorus of "Byron BUSTon" tweets.
Good job, everyone. pic.twitter.com/U2SInb8q5B— Randy Holt (@RandallPnkFloyd) June 14, 2015
The Toronto Blue Jays continue to put up some big offensive numbers, including in Sunday's 13-5 win against the reeling Red Sox. Toronto finished with 16 hits, with Russell Martin leading the way with three hits, three runs and two RBI. Chris Colabello continues to smoke the ball, too, adding to his .343/.382/.490 slash line with a pair of hits and three runs. Ryan Goins, batting ninth, had a double and home run with five RBIs. It might be in your best interest to hold off on any non-elite starter taking on the Blue Jays.
Joey Gallo went 1 for 4 with a 444-foot home run Sunday, giving him four home runs and 11 RBI in 11 games. Gallo has looked great since getting the call, but I still think he's going to hit the skids eventually. His .300 BA is not sustainable (35.7 percent strikeout rate and .444 BABIP entering Sunday), and I would be looking to sell the big name in redraft leagues. And, of course, enjoy the show in long-term formats.
J.D. Martinez went through a little slump earlier in the year, but he's turned it on again. On Sunday, he hit his 12th home run - a no doubter - to raise his season slash line to .266/.328/.476 with 32 RBI. Last year's .315 BA was aided by a .389 BABIP, but I think Martinez can be a 25-home run hitter with a .270 BA, which is still very valuable. I'm a J.D. Martinez believer, baby.
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