Max Scherzer had a good week. A really good week. In two starts over the last seven days, the 34-year-old right-hander went (2-0) with a 1.13 ERA (2 ER in 16 IP) in wins over both the Miami Marlins and Detroit Tigers in which he walked no one, struck out 24 and posted an impressive .161/.175/.250 line against.
The latest outings were part of an eight-start unbeaten streak, over which Washington’s ace has gone (6-0) with a 0.95 ERA (6 ER in 57 IP), eight walks, 83 strikeouts, and a .174/.216/.271 line against.
“He’s been really good this month, but I say this again, he’s been good all year,” Scherzer’s manager, Davey Martinez, told reporters after the Nationals took the finale with the Tigers on Sunday.
“Now he’s starting to win ballgames, but he’s been unbelievable, he really has.
“The work that he puts in daily, as you can see, it pays off for him every fifth day, so I’m just glad I’m on his side and not watching from the other side, because when he pitches, it’s really, really tremendous.”
“There are times where you get locked in and you just know how to execute,” Scherzer said, after striking out 14 of 28 batters faced in eight strong in Detroit. “It’s just being consistent, being consistent with all your pitches.
“And so where I just know how to execute the fastball and just play off of that, so it’s just a matter of just game planning right and understanding what the strengths of the hitters are.”
With the 14 Ks on Sunday, Scherzer reached double digits in strikeouts for the fourth start in a row, and the fifth time in six starts this month (polish up the National League Pitcher of the Month award).
The Player of the Week nod was the fifth of the starter’s career, and the first since April of 2018.