Statistically, few can match Scherzer. He’s in the top five of most major categories in the National League and leads in ERA (2.17), WHIP (0.82), and opponents’ batting average (.175). Scherzer’s greatness isn’t just measured by the numbers, though. He also possesses intangibles needed in a do-or-die game.
Scherzer is famous for the intensity he brings to the game. He wears his nickname “Mad Max” as a badge of honor. When he pitches, his ultra focus drives him to succeed to the point all his teammates know to stay away from him.
When he was with the Washington Nationals, he pitched Game 7 of the 2019 World Series with a sore neck that had kept him from pitching in Game 5. Scherzer was so hampered he needed his wife to help him get dressed before the game. Despite the pain, he still managed to throw five innings of two-run ball to keep the Nats in it and eventually propel them to the franchise’s first championship. Nothing will hold this guy down.
The Dodgers need that kind of intensity and willingness to push their limits for them to go back-to-back. And Mad Max is ready to answer the call.