Since acquiring Max Scherzer, the veteran righty has been nothing but stellar. In his most recent start against the St Louis Cardinals, he threw eight innings and struck out a whopping 13 batters.
Scherzer may very well be in a race with teammate Walker Buehler for the National League Cy Young award.
With the Dodgers, Scherzer has put up video game numbers — he has a 1.05 ERA in 43 innings pitched. Throughout seven starts, he has put up a WHIP of 0.767. He’s also only allowed six runs in his stint with the Dodgers, which are ridiculous numbers.
The Dodgers in one deal essentially could have acquired this year’s CY Young Winner and MLB batting title winner in Trea Turner.
Turner still remains under the Dodgers control for a year, and we will have to wait and see what happens with Corey Seager’s free agency situation this offseason. However, Scherzer will be an eligible free agent.
The Dodgers should do everything in their power to extend Scherzer. He is 37 years old, but he has not shown any signs of slowing down. It is possible the Dodgers could look to give him a 2-3 year deal.
Scherzer was asked about his future with the Dodgers recently in a radio interview but seemed to avoid that topic.
“The best part is, I don’t have to answer that, Scherzer said. “There was an element that I could have used the trade deadline as an extension talk, but for me, I didn’t want to do that.”
That may just mean Scherzer may just want to hold off talks until the offseason. Only himself knows if he’d like to return or not. He may want to see how the Dodgers story ends this season.
Currently, Scherzer has a 2.28 ERA on the year, so he is very well in the Cy Young running. If he were to win this season it would be his fourth in his career. It would move him up to third on the list for most Cy Young awards tied with Steve Carlton and Greg Maddux.
It still seems a little bit unreal that the Dodgers were able to acquire Turner and Scherzer in this year. It has been better than advertised as they both have been outstanding.
Hopefully, they will be able to have some big moments during this 2021 pennant run.
As much as the deal at the trade deadline was a win for the Dodgers, they also were able to keep Scherzer away from the Padres and Giants.
The Dodgers should really do whatever they can to bring back Scherzer.
The Dodgers look for their second straight win against the Cardinals Tuesday. They will face veteran left-hander J.A. Happ, who is 8-7 with a 6.20 ERA this year. The Dodgers still have yet to announce their starter.
Tuesday’s first pitch is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. Pacific.