Mad Max Scherzer was certainly on fully display during the team’s 8-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. Not only did he record 8 shutout innings while only allowing one hit, but he had an immaculate inning and recorded his 3,000th strikeout along the way. The Dodgers desperately needed that win to help them keep pace with the Giants.
The latest start only cemented his case for his fourth CY Young Award, even over teammate Walker Buehler.
After the momentous occasion, Scherzer was seen sharing a moment with Clayton Kershaw in the dugout after his outing was finished. Max revealed what went down during that interaction.
Max Scherzer got a big bear hug from Clayton Kershaw in the dugout after that one.
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“He was just happy to be able to watch it and that we’re on the same team. Hopefully I’m here to be able to watch his 3,000th as well. Obviously what he’s done in his career he should reach that milestone and it’ll be a special milestone for him as well.”
Kershaw isn’t too far from achieving the historic mark for himself as he currently sits at 2,653 strikeouts. Still just 33 years old, Kershaw has plenty of time and talent left to accomplish the rare feat. However, whether that milestone is reached with the Dodgers or another club is up in the air right now.
Both he and Scherzer are pending free agents come season’s end. The organization would surely love to keep both, but with Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, and many others also hitting free agency, some tough decisions will have to be made. Re-signing both pitchers would and should be a priority especially after the numerous injuries the rotation has suffered this year.