Max Scherzer has been one of the most consistent pitchers in all of MLB for a while now. Back in 2015, the Nationals had more faith in him than any other team, especially his previous team, the Detroit Tigers. The Nationals signed Scherzer to a 7-year, $210 million dollar contract. When the deal was signed, we knew Scherzer was good, but worth that kind of money?
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A lot of other teams laughed at the fact that they gave that kind of money to someone who couldn’t even be the leading ace for his own team in Detroit – that right belonged to Justin Verlander. So as people continued to doubt Scherzer, he used that doubt as fuel to prove all the nay sayers wrong.
Scherzer has been everything and then some for the Nationals. This season he has a 6.1 WAR and he is 12-5 with a 2.21 ERA. He is also second in the majors in strikeouts, with 201.
While the Nationals may have signed him for his pitching, the one thing they hoped would come to fruition with him now added would be a World Series trophy. While they have not gotten there yet, I have the feeling this year, that narrative could change.