The Dodgers really needed a win in Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon. Following a disappointing loss on Friday night, Los Angeles turned to Max Scherzer to get the job done. And did he ever get the job done.
Scherzer tossed 7 shutout innings against the Reds despite not having his best stuff. He struggled with command throughout the afternoon but managed to rebound and completely shut down the Reds’ offense. The Dodgers went on to win the game 5-1 and cut the Giants lead in the West by a half-game.
It also meant that Scherzer’s dominant stretch with the Dodgers continued. Across his 9 starts for Los Angeles, he is now 7-0 with a 0.78 earned run average, 0.66 WHIP, and 79 strikeouts. Simply put, he’s been dominant since the trade.
Scherzer also has a pretty wild scoreless streak going with the Dodgers. He has not allowed an earned run in the last 4 starts and is in the middle of 36.2 innings without being charged with a run. He did give up 1 unearned run against the Cardinals on September 6th.
And really, that streak could not have come at a better time for the Dodgers. They’re still chasing the Giants in the West and could be looking at a one-game playoff with the Wild Card. If that’s the case, they have the right guy to take the ball for that game.