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Max Scherzer

29-Year-Old Pitcher – Detroit Tigers

2014 Stats

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0-1

ERA

2.70

WHIP

1.05

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25

SV

0

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Based on the strong advanced metrics (9.4 K/9, 3.56 xFIP) that he has posted throughout his career, pundits have been clamoring for Scherzer to hit that next level for years. Not only did the long-awa...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 220   DOB: 7/27/1984   BORN: St. Louis, MO   COLLEGE: Missouri   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Max Scherzer Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $15.525 million contract with the Tigers in January of 2014, avoiding arbitration.

April 14, 2014  –  Max Scherzer News

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Scherzer struggled against the Padres in Sunday's loss, allowing four runs on four hits while striking out 10 and walking three in five innings.

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Max Scherzer Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2007 22 A Vis 3 3 0 17.0 5 1 0 30 2 2 0 0 0.53 0.41
2007 22 AA MOB 14 14 0 73.7 64 32 3 76 40 4 4 0 3.91 1.41
2008 23 AAA TUC 13 10 0 53.0 35 16 2 79 22 1 1 0 2.72 1.08
2008 23 MAJ ARI 17 7 0 56.0 48 19 5 66 21 0 4 0 3.05 1.23
2009 24 A Vis 1 1 0 4.7 1 1 0 5 4 0 0 0 2.14 1.07
2009 24 MAJ ARI 31 30 0 170.3 166 78 20 174 63 9 11 0 4.12 1.34
2010 25 AAA Tol 2 2 0 15.0 4 1 0 17 2 2 0 0 0 0 0.60 0.40
2010 25 MAJ DET 31 31 0 195.7 174 76 20 184 70 12 11 0 0 0 3.50 1.25
2011 26 MAJ DET 33 33 0 195.0 207 96 29 174 56 15 9 0 0 0 4.43 1.35
2012 27 MAJ DET 32 32 0 187.7 179 78 23 231 60 16 7 0 0 0 3.74 1.27
2013 28 MAJ DET 32 32 0 214.3 152 69 18 240 56 21 3 0 0 0 2.90 0.97
2014 29 MAJ DET 3 3 0 20.0 16 6 2 25 5 0 1 0 0 0 2.70 1.05
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Max Scherzer
3-Year Averages MAJ   32 32 0 199.0 179 81 23 215 57 17 6 0 0 0 3.66 1.19
Career  (View All) MAJ   179 168 0 1,039.0 942 422 117 1094 331 73 46 0 3.66 1.23

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Max Scherzer Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 13 @SD 5.0 4 4 4 1 3 10 0 1 0 L 0 0 0 2.70 1.05
Apr. 8 @LAD 7.0 8 2 2 1 1 8 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.20 0.93
Apr. 2 KC 8.0 4 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.63
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 6.7 IP/G
20.0 16 6 6 2 5 25 0 1 0 0-1 0 0 0 2.70 1.05
Last 30 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 6.7 IP/G
20.0 16 6 6 2 5 25 0 1 0 0-1 0 0 0 2.70 1.05
Last 60 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 6.7 IP/G
20.0 16 6 6 2 5 25 0 1 0 0-1 0 0 0 2.70 1.05

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Max Scherzer Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20134971333710028211.222
20124361094611324511.292
2011464844111721619.281

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20133391071952837.165
201235112214669112.201
201136990159017110.262

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2013104.0121011123113.551.03
201282.07301062293.511.23
2011109.08408929113.801.29

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2013110.39201293372.280.92
2012105.794012538143.921.31
201186.07508527185.231.42
Max Scherzer Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2007 22 A Vis 3 3 17.0 15.88 1.06 15.00 0.00 85.7% 0.53 .20 .218
2007 22 AA MOB 14 14 73.7 9.29 4.89 1.90 0.37 71.3% 3.91 3.46 .316
2008 23 AAA TUC 13 10 53.0 13.42 3.74 3.59 0.34 74.5% 2.72 2.07 .319
2008 23 MAJ ARI 17 7 56.0 10.61 3.38 3.14 0.80 1.15 78.1% 94.2 MPH 3.05 3.17 .319
2009 24 A Vis 1 1 4.7 9.64 7.71 1.25 0.00 80% 2.14 3.63 .109
2009 24 MAJ ARI 31 30 170.3 9.19 3.33 2.76 1.06 1.05 72.2% 93.6 MPH 4.12 3.83 .323
2010 25 AAA Tol 2 2 15.0 10.20 1.20 8.50 0.00 83.3% 0.60 1.33 .137
2010 25 MAJ DET 31 31 195.7 8.46 3.22 2.63 0.92 1.11 75% 93.2 MPH 3.50 3.83 .295
2011 26 MAJ DET 33 33 195.0 8.03 2.58 3.11 1.34 1.02 71.4% 93.1 MPH 4.43 4.32 .321
2012 27 MAJ DET 32 32 187.7 11.08 2.88 3.85 1.10 0.89 74.5% 94.3 MPH 3.74 3.37 .343
2013 28 MAJ DET 32 32 214.3 10.08 2.35 4.29 0.76 0.83 73.2% 93.3 MPH 2.90 2.89 .269
2014 29 MAJ DET 3 3 20.0 11.25 2.25 5.00 0.90 1.11 78.9% 91.4 MPH 2.70 2.75 .308
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Max Scherzer
3-Year Averages MAJ   32 32 199.0 9.72 2.58 3.77 1.04 72.8% 3.66 3.40 .311
Career MAJ   179 168 1,039.0 9.48 2.87 3.31 1.01 73.6% 3.66 3.55 .310

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2014 Stat Review for Max Scherzer    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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5.00 K/BB
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11.25 K/9
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2.25 BB/9
GOOD
91.4 MPH Fastball
AVERAGE
0.9 HR/9
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1.11 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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2.70 ERA
ELITE
1.05 WHIP
ELITE
2.75 FIP
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BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.308 BABIP
HIGH
78.9% Strand Rate
HIGH

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Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for Max Scherzer (by OPS against, min 12 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Jose Bautista TOR 14 8 1 3 3 1 1 .571 1.071 1.718
Shin-Soo Choo TEX 21 12 2 5 6 4 2 .571 1.048 1.714
David Ortiz BOS 15 7 3 6 3 2 0 .467 1.133 1.689
Justin Morneau COL 15 5 3 4 5 1 0 .333 1.000 1.500
Adam Jones BAL 18 9 1 2 0 5 0 .500 .778 1.278
Carl Crawford LA 12 5 0 3 1 0 0 .417 .750 1.212
Alex Gordon KC 31 12 2 3 7 4 2 .387 .677 1.177
Salvador Perez KC 21 8 2 4 0 3 1 .381 .762 1.143
Jarrod Saltalamacchia MIA 12 5 1 2 0 4 0 .417 .667 1.083
Nick Swisher CLE 16 6 0 1 3 5 0 .375 .563 1.036

Best Matchups for Max Scherzer (by OPS against, min 12 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Alexei Ramirez CHI-A 42 4 0 0 5 4 3 .095 .119 .311
Mike Moustakas KC 26 3 0 1 0 8 0 .115 .154 .269
Alex Rios TEX 30 3 0 0 1 8 1 .100 .133 .262
Alexi Casilla BAL 13 1 0 1 0 3 0 .077 .154 .225
Trevor Plouffe MIN 13 1 0 0 1 7 0 .077 .077 .220
Mark Reynolds MIL 14 1 0 1 1 7 0 .071 .071 .205
Desmond Jennings TB 12 1 0 0 0 5 0 .083 .083 .167
Jarrod Dyson KC 14 1 0 0 0 3 0 .071 .071 .143
Matt Kemp LA 18 0 0 0 1 5 1 .000 .000 .053
Lorenzo Cain KC 12 0 0 0 0 5 0 .000 .000 .000

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Max Scherzer: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Although he allowed eight hits Tuesday, Scherzer fared well, allowing just two runs while striking out eight and walking one in a no-decision against the Dodgers.

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Scherzer struck out seven and walked one while holding the Royals to four hits over eight shutout innings in a no-decision.

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Scherzer and the Tigers will halt contract talks until November, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

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Scherzer was knocked around a bit Thursday against the Nationals, surrendering five runs and seven hits over 5.2 innings.

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Scherzer has posted a 2.51 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 14.2 innings this spring.

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Scherzer said Friday that he will not discuss a contract extension with the Tigers during the regular season, MLive.com reports.

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Scherzer signed a one-year, $15.525 million contract with the Tigers on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

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Scherzer has been named the 2013 AL Cy Young winner, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

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Scherzer will start Game 2 of the ALCS against the Red Sox, ESPN's Buster Olney reports.

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Scherzer made his first relief appearance since 2011 on Tuesday night, hurling two innings of one-run ball while striking out two and walking two.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Early-season struggles made it seem like Scherzer might have another roller coaster campaign in 2012, but he righted the ship after a brutal month of April to post his best season as a pro. In 27 starts from May 5 through the end of the season, Scherzer went 15-4 with a 3.14 ERA and 204 strikeouts over 163.1 innings. He saw a huge jump in strikeouts, finishing second in the majors to teammate Justin Verlander with 231 strikeouts while posting a league-best 11.1 K/9. Other than his slider becoming slightly more effective, Scherzer's arsenal remained consistent to what we have seen from him in past seasons - he was just able to corral everything together better in 2012. At 28, Scherzer is in his prime, and while we might see a slight dip in his strikeouts, he has all the tools to replicate the overall success we saw from him in 2012.

2012

The 27-year-old failed to live up to the promise he showed in the second half of the 2010 season, but Scherzer was still able to put together a solid campaign in 2011. He finished the year 15-9 with a 4.43 ERA, 1.349 WHIP and 174 strikeouts in 195 innings. Once considered a problem area, Scherzer was able to refine his control last season, finishing with a career-best mark of 2.58 BB/9IP. His increase in ERA may give some pause, but Scherzer's xFIP (3.70) shows that he was close to the same pitcher as in 2010. While Scherzer hasn't taken that next step yet, he has the necessary arsenal to reach higher levels of production than we've seen since from him so far. Target him as a middle-of-the-rotation option with hopes he starts fulfilling some of his potential.

2011

Scherzer's debut season with the Tigers got off to a rocky start, as the 25-year-old righty saw a dip in fastball velocity and had difficulty commanding his breaking ball during the first two months of the season. As a result, Detroit sent Scherzer on a short stint to Triple-A Toledo to right the ship. After rediscovering both his velocity and slider during his trip to Toledo, Scherzer came back to the big leagues stronger than at any other point in his young career. Over the course of his final 23 starts, Scherzer went 11-7 with a 2.46 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 153.2 innings. With his solid strikeout rate (8.5 K/9IP) and continued improvement in control (3.2 BB/9IP), the former first-round pick remains a strong middle-of-the rotation option, but it's his potential to develop into an ace that should make him an attractive target on draft day.

2010

Scherzer made strides in his second full season in the Arizona rotation, making 30 starts before the D-Backs shut him down in an effort to protect his arm. Starting pitchers who can strike out more than a batter per inning (9.19 K/9IP) with ample command (3.33 BB/9IP) are few and far between, which made it surprising when he was traded to Detroit last winter. Scherzer continues to look the part of the front-line starter that the D-Backs were hoping for when they drafted him 11th overall in 2006. With Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander, Detroit could have one of the strongest rotation trios if Scherzer continues to develop. Don't be surprised if he significantly increases his win total this season as the Tigers will be able to let him take on a full 200-inning workload and to pitch deeper into games after Arizona handled him with kid gloves during his first two seasons.

2009

When healthy, Scherzer was as good as advertised for the D-Backs during his rookie season, dominating hitters to the tune of a 10.61 K/9IP mark in his first 56 major league innings. Splitting the season between Arizona and Triple-A, Scherzer spent time as a starter and in the bullpen at both levels, but the organization clearly views him as a starter in the D-Backs' 2009 rotation, as he was sent to the Arizona Fall League to increase innings count as well as continue the development of his secondary pitches, which include an improving change-up and slider to go along with his excellent fastball. The added work during the fall should enable Scherzer to provide 170-plus innings and cement his place as one of the team's top four starters, while the long-term outlook is very promising as he could emerge as the frontline replacement for Brandon Webb down the road.

2008

Scherzer had an impressive professional debut as a starter after finally inking a deal with Arizona last May. He tore up High-A Visalia, as he should have considering that he was already 22, before fanning more than a batter per inning in 14 starts at Double-A Mobile. The D-Backs had Scherzer pitch in relief during the Arizona Fall League, while there have been debates in the past about whether he'd be more effective as a closer than a starter in the majors. Following the departure of Jose Valverde in a trade to Houston and the acquistion Dan Haren from Oakland, it seems as though closer might be the fast track to having him in the bigs for good, but keep an eye on whether he's pushing to break camp with Arizona during spring training, or if they're grooming him to be a starter at Triple-A.