Max Scherzer has been dominant this season. After Monday’s stellar 13-strikeout performance against the Cardinals, Scherzer has cemented his 9th 200+ strikeout season. He now has 210 on the year. Those strikeouts are just about to push Scherzer into the history books, as he is now only 6 away from becoming the 19th member of the prestigious 3,000 strikeout club. The only other active player with 3,000 is the Astros’ Justin Verlander.
Now playing in his 14th Major League season, the 37-year-old Scherzer shows no signs of slowing down. He currently leads baseball in ERA with a 2.28 and in Walks + Hits Per Innings Pitched (WHIP) with a nasty .857 and is locked in as the ace of a talented Dodger team that is fighting for first place. It is likely that he will notch his 3,000th on Saturday against the division rival Padres. Scherzer has yet to lose a start since being traded from the Nationals to the Dodgers in July.
Max Scherzer is not the only one making history this year, his former Tigers teammate Miguel Cabrera joined the 500 home run club on August 22nd when he took Steven Matz 400 feet to the opposite field. Miggy is also only 36 hits away from 3,000. The 500 – 3,000 club is one of baseball’s most exclusive with only six current members including legends such as Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.
By Jordan Miesse