Zero hits in 52 at-bats. The man they call Mad Max has struggled with the bat in 2021. And that’s to say the least.
Max Scherzer went 0-35 with the Washington Nationals before coming to Los Angeles and adding an 0-17 with the Dodgers to his batting line. A career .171 hitter over his 14-year career, the right-hander isn’t letting his “0-for” get to him just yet.
“It’d be really easy for me to get mad, upset about this, but when I get to the park, I’m here to win. Yeah, it stinks I’m not getting a hit, but, guess what, if the other guys are scoring runs then my job is literally to shut down the other team. We can win ball games. I don’t want to say I’m going to accept it, but I can’t get frustrated by it.”
Don’t let Monday night’s display after Clayton Kershaw got a knock in his first AB since July…
…he’s not actually mad about it. He’s definitely not happy with his performance at the plate, but winning conquers all.
Scherzer hit a career-high .243 in 2018 with the Nats, narrowly missing out on winning a Silver Slugger award in the National League. Colorado’s German Marquez took home the honor for pitchers.
In 2019, Scherzer hit .182. In 2020, the NL adopted the designated hitter for the pandemic-shortened season and it seems that things have spiraled for him ever since. Max isn’t blaming the lack of swings in 2020 though, he points to a lack of work this spring training.
“I wasn’t able to get in the cage, lost rhythm, and then we’ve been in this free fall ever since. So, it’s unfortunate.”
Thankfully for Max and the Dodgers, he’s cruised when it comes to stats that matter. The future Hall of Famer is 6-0 in his 8 starts with LA (the team has won every start). His 0.88 ERA over 51 innings since coming to the west coast have thrust him to the front of the Cy Young award conversation in the NL.
Just don’t expect that elusive Silver Slugger award in 2021.