We’ve talked about the hits against, but he’s throwing a ton of strikes, too (as always). This year he’s walking 5.7 percent of the batters he’s faced, compared with 6.7 percent and 6.2 percent in his other Cy Young seasons (his career-best is 3.8 percent in 2015, btw).
Unlike the other numbers we’ve looked at, WAR is a cumulative stat. Scherzer posted two very good numbers in his Cy Young campaigns, but he’s on pace to put up the best number of his career. He posted a 7.1 rWAR (the Baseball-Reference formula) in 2015, which wasn’t either of his Cy Young seasons.
Looks like he’s on the brink of posting his best rWAR in his third Cy Young season.
Blount keeps Philadelphia from going all third-down, scatback type Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys with the three-headed committee of Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Donnel Pumphrey. Sproles was spry getting some extra rushing work last season, but he turns 34 in June. Smallwood showed flashes in 2016 but is going into his second season coming off a knee injury. Pumphrey has speed as a fresh-legged change of pace alternative, but he’s still a rookie fourth-rounder.
Scherzer eventually allowed a couple of hits and finished with 12 strikeouts in seven shutout innings. This was his 17th start of the 2017 season, and the 10th time he’s had double-digit strikeouts. After the game, though, the way his incredible outing was discussed in the Nationals’ clubhouse speaks volumes to the type of pitcher he’s become.