Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time star, helped the Los Angeles Dodgers reach the National League championship series last season after making a deal with the Washington Nationals.
Although the 37-year-old from Chesterfield, Missouri played a key role in the Dodgers’ victories over the St. Louis Cardinals in the wildcard game and the San Francisco Giants in the NL Division Series, Scherzer said. that his “arm was dead” after pitching just 4.1 innings and allowing two runs on four hits in NLCS Game 2 against the Atlanta Braves and he was struck from his scheduled start in Game 6. Walker Buehler took the mound in place of the Dodgers, who lost Game 6 and the series to future World Series champions 4-2.
Scherzer went 15-4 in the 2021 season with a 2.46 ERA and 0.864 WHIP while recording 236 strikeouts, including career milestone No.3,000 on September 12. He finished third in the National League Cy Young vote.
Drafted 11th overall in 2006 by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Scherzer made his MLB debut two years later and spent a few seasons with the club before landing with the Detroit Tigers in a successful trade in 2008. Scherzer soared with the Tigers and won his first Cy Prix Jeune in 2013.
He signed a massive seven-year, $ 210 million contract to join the Washington Nationals in 2015 and paid dividends on his contract by winning back-to-back Cy Young Awards in 2016 and 2017 as well as the World Series in 2019.
Scherzer is tied for three MLB records – sharing the most strikeouts (20) in a nine-inning game, most consecutive seasons (five) with over 250 strikeouts and the most clean innings pitched (three).