Max Scherzer struck out 14 batters in route to a 2-1 win for the Washington Nationals over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Scherzer made a loud statement on him being the National League’s best pitcher. With Clayton Kershaw sitting in the opposite dugout, the reigning NL Cy Young stifled the huge bats of the Dodges, recording his first 11 outs via strikeouts.
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) June 7, 2017
He became just the 10th pitcher in MLB history to fan nine batters through three innings during his insane stretch. He pitched seven innings allowing two walks, three hits, and one unearned run. His amazing effort lowered his ERA to 2.35 which is good enough for second in the NL. He also moved into a tie for the second in wins in the NL improving his record to 7-3 on the season.
This was Max's 5th career game with 14+ K and 0 ER.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 7, 2017
His 14 strikeouts is a season high for him, topping his 13 strikeout performance on May 26 against the San Diego Padres. Scherzer has now recorded 38 strikeouts in his last three starts. His epic start in Tuesday’s win comes on the heel of him throwing a complete game in his previous start on May 31 against the San Francisco Giants. Scherzer showed no signs of tiring as he punched out six Dodgers and got five swinging through four innings.
Scherzer lifted his season total to 114 strikeouts — the most in MLB this season. The closest pitcher to him has 95 (Robbie Ray). Scherzer also leads the majors with a 0.88 WHIP. This incredible stretch has Scherzer at 1,995 career strikeouts — just five shy of 2,000. He is positioned to contend for his third Cy Young.
For the Nationals, they have won eight of 10 and have opened a 12.5-game lead in the NL East. With the best record in the National League and clinching the series win over the formidable Dodgers, Scherzer and the Nationals have one aspiration — winning the World Series.