We have now gotten to see Max Scherzer take the mound five times in a Dodgers uniform. All he has done in those five starts is go 4-0 with a 1.55 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched. The man can do no wrong, and if he had any nerves related to coming to a brand new organization, it hasn’t shown one bit.
This isn’t Scherzer‘s first time with a new organization of course, but it’s never easy to have to pick up your entire life and move across the country. If you were to ask Max, though, he’s felt right at home here in LA. In fact, it’s the team itself that has made this move so easy for him.
It’s been grea. The guys in here, this is a great clubhouse. Having Trea [Turner] with me as well, I really feel like the life change has been as seemless as possible. I feel like it’s been harder on my wife and kids than it has been on me. This has been a great team to join.
The Dodgers are known for their camaraderie under manager Dave Roberts. He’s almost singlehandedly changed the culture of this team while still turning them into a winning machine. It’s qualities like this that players look for; the feeling that you have a chance to win every night you take the field. And that’s something that Max appreciates about this team even more as they continue their push to October.
That’s what you want as a player. We’re playing great baseball right now, but oviously we’re going to have to continue playing great baseball. We understand we’re in a playoff race, and we have to play our best baseball here to finish the season.
While everyone was excited at the prospect of Max Scherzer and Trea Turner in Dodger blue, many were hesitant about having to give up our top two minor leaguers in exchange. It’s still quite early to make any real conclusions, but the early return has been everything advertised and then some.