Max Scherzer continues to age like a fine wine. And as he nears his 34th birthday in July, Scherzer is so far having the best season of his career. But on Tuesday, Mad Max would become immaculate for the second time in his career. During Washington’s 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Scherzer would toss the coveted ‘Immaculate Inning’ in the top of the sixth. That’s nine pitches, nine strikes. And according to ESPN Stats and Info, he’s now the fifth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to accomplish this feat. And per ESPN’s Eddie Matz, Scherzer didn’t even know about the accomplishment. Not at first, at least.
“I honestly didn’t know it happened,” he started. “Then I walked off the field and I was like, wait a second, I think that was it. So yeah, that’s cool.”
But the three-time Cy Young winner isn’t about to take all of the credit. In fact, he knows it comes down to a variety of things.
“It’s just one of those things, it just happened. Just executing pitches. It’s one of those things where, hey, it happened,” Scherzer adds. “That’s more to the preparation than anything, and knowing what Seve [catcher Pedro Severino] wanted behind the plate.”
Again, Scherzer is a three-time Cy Young winner. He’s won the previous two and is well on his way to a third straight. Right now, he’s pacing the league in strikeouts (120) and WHIP (0.85). Scherzer, through 13 starts and 87.2 innings, holds a 1.95 ERA, 1.72 FIP and 1.36 DRA. That’s right, he’s out-pitching even the best numbers he’s ever put up. Nobody can stop Max Scherzer at the moment.
In the meantime, the Washington Nationals have surged to 34-25 — just one game off the Atlanta Braves for first in the NL East. Not only that, but they’ve won 10 of their last 14. In other words, all is right in the world of the Nationals. And who knows — maybe this is their year! After all, the Washington Capitals are just one win away from a Stanley Cup. Anything is possible.