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Max Scherzer Newsbeat

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Max Scherzer pitches second no-hitter of 2015 |

Max Scherzer hasn’t been the problem.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2015 at 10:13 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Scherzer refuses to be lifted |

Max Scherzer and Matt Williams aren’t buddies.

The fist pound attempt was very awkward.


Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: matt williams, max scherzer, nationals

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Zack Greinke highlights a crop of MLB aces who rely on baseball’s advanced stats | For The Win

Chris Sale is not like the others.

In addition to his pitching, Greinke is known for his exhaustive understanding of and interest in the sport, up to and including preparing pre-draft scouting reports on potential picks. And in a New York Times feature during his 2009 campaign, Greinke explained that he pitched to keep his Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) as low as possible. By that number, which estimates a pitcher’s value based on his walk, strikeout and home-run rates, Greinke was indeed better in 2009 than he had been in 2015: A 2.33 FIP then vs. a 2.65 mark now.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Max effort: Scherzer dominates in 100th win |

Six days after pitching a no-hitter against the Pirates, Scherzer retired the first 16 batters he faced. He had a chance to join Johnny Vander Meer as the only pitchers to throw consecutive no-hitters.

“It’s so hard. It takes luck. You have to be on point. You make mistakes, they have to mishit it,” Scherzer said. “I made a few mistakes early. They hit some balls hard. Fortunately, they were right at people.”

With one out in the sixth inning, however, Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis then broke up the no-hit bid with a double down the right-field line.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals

Monday, June 15, 2015

Oh, so close: Scherzer inches away from historic performance |

He’s even better when not covered in chocolate sauce.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Simon: Q&A with Max Scherzer

But does having eyes of different colors remain a market inefficiency?

Simon: “Two things have become much more popular lately: pitch framing and defensive shifts. What are your approaches with regard to each of those?”

Scherzer: “Framing is there. Certain catchers get more calls than others, but the pitcher has to put the ball in the right spot to let the catcher do that. It’s more parts catcher, but there is a pitcher part to that, especially if you want to work the outside edges and down and give the catcher a pitch he can [frame]. [The more you’re] able to execute the pitch in the vicinity of where his glove is, the easier it is for him to frame.

“With defensive shifts: You see how they’re implemented, and it’s not just a mad scientist doing this. It’s a real fact that if you shift, you can prevent more hits. Sometimes, it’s a matter of moving your whole infield around to get to the point of it being a positive.

“I put all that on the coaches. The coaches do a phenomenal job of doing their research to try to figure out if they want to shift and who they want to shift against so that they feel comfortable.

“I don’t worry about infield shifts at all—you play where you’re gonna play. I’m just gonna pitch my game.”

JE (Jason) Posted: June 09, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive shifts, max scherzer, nationals, pitch framing, sabermetrics



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