Wednesday, May 18, 2016
2015 Topps Update #US169: Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals, P
Max Scherzer signed a $210 million contract with the Nationals before the start of the 2015 season, securing him in D.C. through 2021. Scherzer made good on his first year of the contract, receiving 2 Pitcher of the Month awards and reaching his third consecutive All-Star game appearance. He finished 3rd in Innings Pitched, 2nd in Strikeouts per 9IP, and 2nd in Walks per 9IP. Scherzer led the N.L. in Strikeout/Walk ratio and Fielding % as P in 2015.
On May 11th, 2016, Max Scherzer became only the 4th player to strikeout 20 batters in 9 innings pitched. The other three were: Randy Johnson (2001), Kerry Wood (1998), and Roger Clemens (1986, 1996). Scherzer's feat came against the Tigers in a 3-2 victory.