The Washington Nations lost the second game of their double header with the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday, but that came after an eight game win streak. The Nats seem to have made it back to their winning ways after starting off June poorly. Not much went wrong for the team in May, with most headlines featuring OF Bryce Harper going on a tear. Stats that lead to him winning NL Player of the Week twice, as well as NL Player of the Month. But not to be forgotten was Max Scherzer. It’s hard to hide a guy that signed a $210 million contract, but most focus seemed to be on Harper. Scherzer also received high honors in May. He went 5-1 and was awarded NL Pitcher of the Month. The duo are the first teammates to take home these awards in the same month since July 2008.
Fast forward to now. Scherzer just completed one of the greatest all time pitching stretches in the history of the league. He pitched a one hitter, no hitter and then picked up another win by going eight innings against the Phillies on Friday. Scherzer gave up five hits, but had a no hitter going until he gave up a double in the sixth.
Scherzer could have possibly pitched a perfect game on the second outing, but Pittsburgh Pirates OF Jose Tabata was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. Many believe Tabata leaned in and could have avoided the ball out of respect for the game and what was at stake, but what’s done is done.
Three games, 26 innings, six hits, two earned runs, 33 K’s and one walk.
Tabata has since been designated for assignment and Scherzer is getting ready to pitch against the Braves later this week. What could he possibly do next? $210 is a whole lot of cash, but is it possible Max Scherzer gave the Nats a deal?