National star Max Scherzer left early Friday night against the Giants in the first inning after a visit from the trainer. It looks like it’s a lower body issue, according to him Todd Dybas by NBC Sports Washington.
Washington may be abused by a long absence from Scherzer. At 25-33, the Nationals ’hopes of attacking around the postseason will have already waned. Washington is already free Stephen Strasburg, who has been on the injured list since June 2 due to nerve irritation in his neck. Patrick Corbin had a terrible season, meanwhile Joe Ross has numbers below average. Jon Lester and Eric Fedde they were decent but unspectacular. (Fedde has missed the last three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19, but is expected to return this weekend, Note Dybas.)
Scherzer was his incredible single in 2021. He came into play Friday night with a £ 2.22 ERA over 77 innings. Scherzer misses the bats at an elite level, with an extravagant rate of 36.1% which ranks fifth among qualified pitchers. He only tracks James deGrom and Gerrit Cole in the rate / race differential (30.9 percentage points), while its 2.65 SIERA is the fourth lowest in the sport (behind deGrom, Cole and Joe Musgrove).
This level of dominance has certainly already inspired teams to call up the Nationals to measure Scherzer’s availability before the July 30 deadline. The Nats have not traditionally been inclined to move stellar players, but with their playoff probability up to 2.7% (for FanGraphs screenings), there is a case that they have to listen to offers on the upcoming free agent. (Scherzer has full non-commercial rights as a player with 10 years of MLB service, five consecutive with his current team). Even close to its 37th anniversary, Scherzer will be one of the most coveted arms on the market this winter. MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes barely placed tenth in his 2021-22 free agent power classifications.