Dodgers News: Max Scherzer Named the NL Player of the Week

The Dodgers needed big games out of their starting pitchers this week. With a pair of starters returning in a limited fashion, they turned to their main 3 arms to get them through a week of games and keep them in the hunt for the NL West. 

One guy in particular came up huge for them. Max Scherzer pitched a total of 16 scoreless innings over the past week, most recently carrying a perfect game into the 8th inning against the Padres. He struck out 9 San Diego hitters and allowed 1 hit without issuing a single walk. He was literally almost unhittable. 

That added to a start on Monday that saw him toss 8 shutout innings against the Cardinals en route to a Dodgers win. Since his trade, Los Angeles has yet to lose a game in which Max takes the mound to start the game. So him being selected as the National League Player of the Week should come as no surprise. 

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In those 2 starts, Scherzer punched out 16 batters and did not issue a single walk. He also reached 3,000 career punchouts in his outing against the Padres on Sunday. All in all, one heck of a week for Mad Max. 

Up next, the Dodgers take on the Diamondbacks for 3 games at home. Clayton Kershaw makes his return to the mound tonight after a lengthy trip to the injured list. He’s expected to go a maximum of 4 innings after throwing in just 1 rehab game last week. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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