Max Scherzer getting the worst bullpen support in MLB

Chris Lingebach
May 28, 2019 - 9:27 pm
Max Scherzer getting the worst bullpen support in MLB

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Nationals ace Max Scherzer is in the midst of another dominant season on the mound, although his numbers don't reflect that due to a startling lack of bullpen and run support.

Scherzer, just 2-5 with a 3.26 ERA through 12 starts, is actually getting the worst bullpen support in Major League Baseball. Washington's pen has a staggering 11.71 ERA in Scherzer starts.

He had another solid outing Monday against the Marlins, going six innings and allowing just one run on seven hits, only for the bullpen to give it away in a 3-2 Nats loss. The Nats led 2-1 when Scherzer exited the game. They're now 2-10 in Scherzer starts. Look to Scherzer's 2.30 FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) for the truer account of his season.

Jamal Collier observed Tuesday morning that Scherzer has been "especially sour" during post-game media sessions following his last couple of starts.

Scherzer was asked directly if he's allowed himself to be frustrated, during his weekly Grant & Danny appearance, presented by F.H. Furr.

"Well, losing any time is always frustrating, whether I'm on the mound or not," Scherzer said on 106.7 The Fan. "So you're always thinking about, anytime when you do lose – if you're a part of it – of what role you contribute to it and what you can do better."

"I make mistakes. Everybody makes mistakes," he said. "You always have to find a way to be thinking about which mistakes you made and how you would handle that in the future, so next time when you're in that situation, you can have success."

Scherzer was asked, at 9.5 games back in the NL East, if he even thinks about making the postseason now, or if he is still confident that they're going and they'll figure out how along the way.

"No, you just put the blinders on and just keep it day by day," Scherzer said. "You just worry about how well you're playing, worry about the things that you can control, worry about how your performance is on the field, and just be accountable to that, every little thing that goes into it. And that's all you can do.

"It kind of gets a little individualized when you face some adversity, because this is when everybody gets tested. And when you get tested, you've got to perform at your best, and that's the situation that we're in right now."

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