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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Scherzer reaches 3,000-strikeout milestone, pitches immaculate inning

Scherzer retired his first 22 batters, including Fernando Tatis Jr. just before Eric Hosmer doubled to deep right with one out in the eighth. The crowd of 42,637, including his wife, three children and parents, saluted Scherzer with a standing ovation after he finished the inning, his second of the day.

“I knew Tatis and Hosmer were going to be tough at-bats,” Scherzer said. “Hosmer, we’ve done so many battles over the years. I pulled a changeup down and he was able to put a barrel to it.”

Scherzer reached 3,000 career strikeouts in the fifth when Hosmer went down swinging for the second out of the inning. The crowd roared long and loud for the 37-year-old All-Star, who doffed his cap and threw the historic ball toward the dugout.

“To me, this is a testament to durability,” Scherzer said. “Making my 30-plus starts a year, year in and year out. All the hard work I’ve put in to be able to have this moment is what feels good.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 12, 2021 at 09:41 PM | 21 comment(s)
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Friday, August 13, 2021

The Nationals’ deadline fire sale unfolded in a matter of days. But it was years in the making.

Turner’s agents at CAA Sports talked to the Nationals multiple times during 2020 spring training. They exchanged at least three proposals, with the Nationals offering in the neighborhood of six years, $100 million, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.

Turner was then one of MLB’s more productive shortstops, but not necessarily an elite one. From 2017 to 2019, seven shortstops accumulated more FanGraphs WAR than Turner, including then-Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who signed a six-year deal worth $120 million before the 2020 season.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the sides stopped negotiating and lost momentum. And a year after helping the Nationals to a title, Turner took a star turn. He hit .335 in 59 games in 2020. His strikeout rate plummeted. He tied for fourth in stolen bases and hit 12 homers, a relative power surge that left him trailing slugging shortstops Fernando Tatis Jr. and Corey Seager for the lead at that position.

Trea Turner’s strikeout rate plummeted in 2020. He tied for fourth in stolen bases during that season and hit 12 homers. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
All the while, Turner said he would be open to talking to the Nationals about a long-term deal. Rizzo said that he and Turner’s agents planned to speak more. But by spring of 2021, shortstops were the focus of the baseball world. A massive class was set to hit the market after that season, meaning Turner would likely have a better sense of what he might command when reaching free agency a year later.

When Cleveland sent Lindor to the New York Mets, Turner’s representatives began hammering the favorable comparisons between the two, arguing that whatever Lindor got in an extension would probably be a fitting number for Turner, too. The Mets gave Lindor 10 years and $341 million. To Turner and his team, the landscape had changed, something they communicated to the Nationals and others in the aftermath.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 13, 2021 at 03:25 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Los Angeles Dodgers finalizing deal to acquire stars Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from Washington Nationals, sources say

The Los Angeles Dodgers are finalizing a deal to acquire star right-hander Max Scherzer and star shortstop Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals for a massive prospect haul, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Thursday.

The Dodgers will currently send the Nationals four prospects, a source confirmed to Passan: Right-handed pitcher Josiah Gray, catcher Keibert Ruiz, right-handed pitcher Gerardo Carrillo and outfielder Donovan Casey.

Gray and Ruiz were rated by ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel as the Dodgers’ top two prospects entering the season.

Gray was ranked No. 36 among the top 100 prospects in MLB entering the season, according to McDaniel. Ruiz was ranked No. 74.

Scherzer is 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts this season. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is scheduled to become a free agent after 2021.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2021 at 11:19 PM | 18 comment(s)
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Padres deep in talks to get Scherzer

Nationals ace Max Scherzer may soon be on his way to the Padres. A trade is not done, but San Diego is “working to acquire” the three-time Cy Young Award winner, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand on Thursday. Neither club has confirmed the news.

Scherzer, who turned 37 on Tuesday, earned his eighth All-Star nod this season and has a career 3.19 ERA and 182-97 record.

Taken by Arizona with the 11th overall pick in the 2006 Draft, Scherzer is in the final year of a seven-year, $191.4 million contract signed before the 2015 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2021 at 04:50 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Max Scherzer and the Coming Wave of 3,000-Strikeout Pitchers

The strong start increases the likelihood that Scherzer will reach the 3,000 strikeout milestone this year. He entered 2021 needing 216 strikeouts to reach the mark, and with 61 so far, he’s at 2,845. Some quick back-of-the-envelope math suggests that at his current rates of 11.85 strikeouts per nine and 6.59 innings per start, he’ll need another 118 innings over 18 starts, which puts his date with destiny sometime in early to mid-August (calling my shot: August 10 at Citi Field). But whether it’s that date or another, Scherzer will become the 19th pitcher to reach the milestone, and the third in the past three seasons, after CC Sabathia (April 30, 2019) and Justin Verlander (September 28, 2019).

As for who’s next, Zack Greinke appears to be on track for late next season, and Clayton Kershaw for 2023. And then? Beyond that Hall of Fame-bound trio, it’s unclear. Inspired by a comment from reader @ajnrules on Twitter — that the 25th pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts is probably already active, even if we don’t know who he is — I asked Dan Szymborski to provide some ZiPS-driven odds. Here’s the leaderboard for the highest odds among active pitchers:...

Peering into the future, the ZiPS crystal ball has Scherzer reaching 200 wins at the end of next season, which also projects to be his 10th with at least 200 strikeouts. That would tie Tom Seaver’s total, and trail only those of Roger Clemens (12), Randy Johnson (13) and Nolan Ryan (15). Likewise, the above strikeout total would push Scherzer to fifth all-time, past Bert Blyleven (3,701) and behind only Ryan, Johnson, Clemens, and Steve Carlton, the four pitchers with at least 4,000 strikeouts, a milestone Scherzer figures to have some kind of shot at if he pitches beyond age 40.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2021 at 10:49 AM | 33 comment(s)
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