Max got his 2nd ring in his 7th All Star season. His slider is for real and his changeup isn’t far behind. A healthy 22% SwStr% meant batters struggled mightily once again, however it wasn’t completely unhittable like in 2018. Increase in BA against, slugging percentage and a spike in HR/FB to 26.7% might be the start of a cink in the armour
Scherzer threw his curveball just 8.7% of the time in 2019 where it averaged 78 mph. It comes from the same armslot as his other pitches, which hides the ball well and makes hitters stare at stikes, which is evident by his Z-Swing% of only 36.7%. Look for him to continue to pitch well in 2020.
Scherzer threw his fastball over 48% of the time in 2019 which resulted in a K% of 33.2% and a wRC+ of 79. The pitch averages 95 mph and is still one of the most dominant fastballs in the game today. Look for Scherzer to stick with it in 2020.
Scherzer’s slider was one of the most dominant pitches of all time, racking up absurd numbers like a 40.8% K% and a wRC+ against of 4. I repeat that is a wRC+ of 4! The pitch itself is a nasty wipeout slider that averages 87 mph and has a chase% of 48%. This pitch will continue to be one of the best in the game for as long as Scherzer is around.
It may be tough to avoid crowning Scherzer’s fastball the best pitch in baseball. Last season was the first year opponents hit below .200 against his heater. That is a remarkable feat for a pitch of its type. Scherzer also managed to keep the ball in the park—something he struggled with in previous seasons.
Another amazing pitch of Scherzer’s is his slider. However, it took a small step back in 2018. He threw it slightly fewer times yet allowed more home runs and struck out significantly fewer hitters with it.
One of the better pitches in the game, Scherzer’s changeup kept hitters chasing and walking back to the dugout. He generated slightly more horizontal movement, threw it more in the zone, and got more contact than previous years. Hitters still couldn’t find a way to get on base.
Scherzer threw his cutter significantly more than any previous season in 2018. Players may have caught on to it, as he allowed five home runs while giving up close to a 60% fly-ball rate with this pitch.
Scherzer’s curveball is one of his weaker and lesser-used pitches. He struck out fewer batters while generating more hits, fly balls and home runs than previous seasons.