The goal in trading for Max Scherzer was to add an arm to pair with Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Julio Urías. However, in doing so, the Dodgers have received yet another Cy Young candidate for this season. While Buehler has worked to make himself the frontrunner, Scherzer is making his own case with 7 straight wins since crossing the country.
He’s made 7 starts since arriving in Los Angeles and the team has won all 7 of those starts. When asked about how it felt to contribute at such a high level, Scherzer gave a pretty humble answer.
“That’s what, coming over here, my job is to do. To go out there when it’s my turn and go out there and win. There’s a ton of pressure to do that. You got to compartmentalize it, go out there and accept it and go out there and give it your best every single time. Understand what makes you successful and how to avoid big innings.”
His job has been made a whole lot easier during the transition as the Dodgers have given him plenty of run support to work with in his starts. In his 7 starts, the offense has scored 22 runs within the first 3 innings to help set the tone and allow Scherzer to settle in.
“This team is great. Every time I’ve gone out there they’ve done a great job of providing run support and run support early. Being on a team that gets you early run support allows you to get into your game plan and rhythm a lot quicker.”
Scherzer has been able to get in that rhythm pretty easily and it shows. He’s 5-0 with a 1.05 ERA, 63 strikeouts, and 5 walks in 43 innings pitched. While he mentioned he doesn’t care about his personal record, he does care about the team record. Being 7-0 in his starts has to make him happy as well as Dodger fans really happy when they see him take the mound.