After a Monday afternoon win in St. Louis, the Dodgers continued to cement the fact that they were the winners of the trade deadline. In terms of WAR (wins above replacement) added, that distinction seemed almost like a foregone conclusion. But now one month-plus after the deadline, it’s a bonafide fact.
Sure, Trea Turner has been great since joining the Dodgers, but Max Scherzer may be the best piece added by any team at the deadline.
“He’s better than advertised,” Dave Roberts said after Monday’s win. “We knew what we were going to get as far as the player. He’s certainly exceeded even that.”
The future Hall of Famer tossed 8 innings against the Cardinals on Monday, allowing 1 run while striking out 13 and walking none. He lowered his season ERA to 2.28, surpassing Walker Buehler for the MLB lead while winning his 13th game of the season.
In the eyes of Scherzer (and really everyone) he’s doing exactly what he’s supposed to do. Win.
“That’s what coming over my job is to do,” the right-hander said on Monday. “When it’s my turn, go out there and win. There’s a ton of pressure to do that. You have to compartmentalize it. Go out there and accept it. Go out there and give it your best every time … It’s been fun with these games, going out there and pitching and going out there and winning every single time. I don’t care about my personal record. I just care about the team record and when you say we’ve gone 7-0 that’s music to my ears.”
Max Scherzer is the 4th pitcher with at least 60 K and an ERA below 1.50 in his first 7 starts with a team. pic.twitter.com/pkhaH3lBIb
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 6, 2021
Scherzer delivered a massively needed long outing for the Dodgers on Labor Day. With bullpen games expected on Tuesday and Wednesday in St. Louis, and possibly one or even two over the weekend against the Padres at Dodger Stadium, the pitching staff needs to save as many bullets as it can while waiting out the returns of Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin.