Max Scherzer continues to dominate opposing hitters. Since coming over to the Dodgers at the trade deadline, Scherzer leads all of baseball in ERA (0.78) and WHIP (0.86).
Scherzer’s hot streak is the reason the three-time Cy Young winner (soon to be four?) should start the Dodgers’ first playoff game.
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In September, Scherzer has averaged a ridiculous three hits allowed per start. He hasn’t had an earned run since August 21st against the Mets. Meaning, when he makes his next start, it will have been over a month since he’s given up an earned run.
His command has been exceptional – can you say “strike-thrower” Dave Roberts? In his last four starts, Scherzer has struck out 38 batters while walking just two. Two! He’s also been efficient – three of his last four starts have been at least seven innings.
Any way you slice it, Scherzer has been the best pitcher in all of baseball almost two full months.
This isn’t to diminish fellow ace Walker Buehler and what he’s done in the playoffs. In fact, Buehler owns the better career postseason ERA (2.35) compared to Mad Max (3.35). Buehler has been a dynamo in October.
However, Scherzer is the better pitcher right now. Historical playoff statistics are important, but Scherzer the Dodger is on another level as the kids say. This is the lowest August-September ERA of his career (0.78). You’d have to go back to 2012 to even get close (2.08).
Although fellow starter Walker Buehler has a superb career playoff track record, Scherzer gives the Dodgers the best chance to win a Game 1. Whether that’s a single elimination Wild Card game or the first game of a Division Series.
Both options are best-in-class. There’s only one team that has these types of “problems” and that’s the Dodgers.
The answer, is Max Scherzer.