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Maxwell M. Scherzer is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He stands 6 feet 3 inches high and weighs 215 pounds. He has actually also played in the MLB for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers. A two-time Cy Young Award winner, Scherzer ended up being just the sixth pitcher in Major League history to throw two no-hitters in a single season in 2015. On May 11, 2016, Scherzer tied the major league nine-inning strikeout record with 20, against his former team, the Detroit Tigers.
Scherzer was chosen by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 11th overall pick of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. Nevertheless, he and his agent, Scott Boras, failed to reach an agreement with the club. Scherzer hence began his professional career with the Fort Worth Cats of the independent American Association. After appearing in 3 games, Scherzer signed a $4.3 million contract with the Diamondbacks. He started playing in the Diamondbacks organization in 2007 with the Single-A Visalia Oaks. He was promoted to Double-A Mobile BayBears after three remarkable starts for the Oaks. Throughout the 2008 offseason, he was named the fourth-best prospect in the Diamondbacks organization. After a great start to the 2008 season in Triple-A Tucson he was called up to the Diamondbacks on April 27, 2008.
On May 11, 2016, Scherzer struck out 20 Detroit Tiger batters, his former team, to tie the record for strikeouts over 9 innings in a single game, held by Roger Clemens (two times), Randy Johnson, and Kerry Wood. Scherzer ended up being the first pitcher to strike out 20 batters in a policy game in the 21st century. He accomplished the task and earned the win in a matchup with former Nationals colleague Jordan Zimmermann. In addition, Scherzer signed up with Johnson as the only other player with a career 20 strikeout game and a no-hitter. Throughout the season, Scherzer ended up being the 17th pitcher in Major League history to record a win against all 30 MLB groups in his career.
On July 8, 2016, Scherzer was named as the National League All-Star Game lineup replacement for Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg due to Strasburg just recently coming off of the DL.
Scherzer was named the National League Cy Young Award winner on November 16, 2016, winning his second Cy Young Award on the strength of a 20– 7 record, 2.96 ERA, MLB-leading 284 strikeouts, and an MLB-leading 0.968 WHIP. He became simply the sixth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to win the award in both the American and the National Leagues. He was also the 2016 Esurance MLB/This Year in Baseball Award winner for Best Pitcher.
Scherzer was not the Opening Day starter in the 2017 Washington Nationals season, getting a late start on spring training due to a tension fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger. Regardless of that, Scherzer avoided investing at any time on the disabled list to begin the season. On May 14, 2017, he pitched his first career immaculate inning versus the Philadelphia Phillies, striking out 3 of the best Phillie players in César Hernández, Odubel Herrera, and Aaron Altherr on nine pitches. It was the second spotless inning in Nationals history, after Jordan Zimmermann’s against the Florida Marlins in the 2011 season, and the 84th in Major League Baseball history. On June 11, Max Scherzer would become the third fastest pitcher to reach 2,000 strikeouts (after Nolan Ryan and Clayton Kershaw) by striking out Nomar Mazara of the Texas Rangers. Scherzer also reached the 2,000 plateau in the third least innings (1784), behind only Pedro Martínez (1711.1) and Randy Johnson (1733.1).