Dodgers: Should LA be Worried After 3 Subpar Starts from Max Scherzer?

There’s no question that Max Scherzer has been everything that the Dodgers had hoped he would be and then some after being traded to LA at the deadline. But, despite the team having a 12-0 record in his starts, Scherzer hasn’t displayed the “Mad Max” like dominance that made him one of the frontrunners to take home the NL Cy Young Award.

Including yesterday’s outing, Scherzer has posted a combined 6.75 ERA in his last three starts where he’s averaging just 4.6 strikeouts. We discuss why Scherzer hasn’t looked like his dominant self lately and how to get him back on track. Plus, why Dodgers fans should be encouraged by the fact that Scherzer had a mediocre start in the 2019 Wild Card game and went on to pitch well for the remainder of the Nationals 2019 World Series run.

Next, we discuss Roberts’ decision to pull Scherzer after just 4.1innings and if Mad Max refused to give Doc the ball. Plus, Max Scherzer was “Shwasted” after the game on live television and Max discusses his bond with former Nationals teammate, Juan Soto.


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Doug McKain

Doug McKain is a lifelong Dodger fan and hosts Dodgers Nation’s “DNpostgame” show online. He also hosts Dodgers DougOut and the LA Sports Report on YouTube. DMAC is also a rabid Lakers fan, and lover of all Los Angeles sports.


  1. It started after the hamstring strain reported a month ago. Hamstring injuries linger particularly in old guys. I believe it’s still affecting his stride and his top half is pulling the ball across his body, missing on the glove side regularly. He has always tried to pitch through injuries. This effort was better than the previous 2 so he may be making progress.

  2. Well his post season numbers show that is normal cause he’s not lights out in post season. Hopefully he will be this time but Barnes has to be our starting catcher cause he calls a better game and frames pitches better.We have 3 aces that will be lights out if Barnes catches regularly.

    1. Luis, I completely agree. Barnes is leaps and bounds the right choice behind the plate. Smith even with his big bat, is such a defensive liability behind the plate. He will cost the Dodgers a game for sure.

    2. Without Muncy I don’t think you can go without Smith’s bat. Barnes can surprise from time-to-time offensively but Smith’s a beast. I’d opt for the offense.

      1. Bum4ever, completely agree that Smith’s bat is huge. But catcher is just not a position you can compromise defense with, especially in the postseason! I would bet you dollars to donuts Barnes blocks that 1st inning WP in the WC game. Barnes hit a HR in the WS last year. That’s enough for me.

  3. I don’t think it would have mattered who started tonight. TBS showed a graphic on Webb’s pitching numbers that only 3 other pitchers have ever done in the history of the game! Bad timing for the Dodgers. At least it’s only one game. Let’s hope Gausman isn’t as unconscious as Webb was tonight! They also said the last time he lost was May 5th. Giants haven’t lost any of his starts at Oracle. Got to tip your cap to the kid. Only 24 years old in his first postseason game!

  4. I have mentioned this before but I’ll say it again. More often than not, elite pitching beats elite hitting! When you run into a hot pitcher, you’re in trouble! Webb has been on fire the entire second half for the Giants.

  5. Last night, Webb was Cy Young reincarnated!!! No excuses — a tough break for the Dodgers.

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