Max Scherzer
36-Year-Old PitcherSP
Washington Nationals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
One of the greatest pitchers of his generation, Scherzer is still going strong at 36 years old. He was famously scratched from Game 5 of the 2019 World Series with neck and back spasms, and dealt with a side issue in spring training before the season was suspended. The right-hander then battled a hamstring injury early in August, but Scherzer ended up taking the ball 12 times for the Nationals and totaling 67.1 innings (23rd in MLB). While the results may not have been quite what we have come to expect from Scherzer, he remained among the elite starting pitchers in terms of strikeout rate (31.2%). His opponents' hit rate and HR/9 were career worsts, and his 7.8 BB% was his worst mark in a decade, hinting at a bit of lost command as Father Time closes in. The dip in performance and recent injuries have created a slight discount as he's going in the second or third round on average in early drafts. Read Past Outlooks
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