For the first time in 8 years, the Dodgers were not crowned division winners of the NL West after the San Francisco Giants narrowly edged out the reigning champs. Los Angeles gave everything they had and put up a good fight. They had some notable help in the form of Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, without either one of them, the division race would not have been as close as it was.
Turner added a spark to the lineup and brought home a batting title, while the team won all 11 of Scherzer’s regular season. However, both of them disappointed in the playoffs when it mattered most. Turner forgot how to hit while Scherzer was unable to go in game 6 of the NLCS due to a dead arm. You know how the rest played out as the Dodgers fell to the Braves.
Scherzer who has been a reliable workhorse for years was unable to deliver when the team needed him. According to The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli, Scherzer somewhat blamed how the Dodgers managed him as the cause for his dead arm issue.
Scherzer said the Dodgers limiting his pitch count and trying to keep him fresh for the postseason lowered his work capacity and he thinks led to his dead arm. Said in DC he was relied on and pushed to consistently go 110 pitches every five days so more built up for ‘19 WS run
— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) December 1, 2021
It’s interesting that Scherzer would point to being limited as the issue and not the different workloads he had from 2020 to 2021. He threw 67 and 1/3 innings in 2020 compared to 179 and 1/3 innings in 2021. That’s a 112 inning difference and a huge jump to endure, especially for a veteran arm.
Max Scherzer's final six starts as a National (after leaving a game b/c of a groin injury): 98.2 pitches per game
Scherzer's final nine starts as a Dodger (after a rain-shortened start): 96.3 pitches per game
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) December 1, 2021
It’s also worth noting that he didn’t blame being used out of the bullpen in game 5 of the NLDS as a reason either. He did that in 2019 during the Nationals 2019 World Series run so he had the experience of doing so. Whatever the real issue, it didn’t seem to cost Scherzer a dime as was able to nab a pretty hefty new contract with the New York Mets.
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