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.
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.