Max Scherzer Will Open Season For Nats
New Nationals Pitcher Is Getting The Nod For The Opener
The Nationals announced on Monday that Max Scherzer will get the Opening Day nod on April 6th.
Scherzer was signed by the Nationals to a seven-year, $210 million contract in January, and so far this spring he has just three runs in 14 innings while leading the team with 14 strikeouts.
This will be the first time in three seasons that another pitcher has opened the season for the Nats other than Stephen Strasburg.
Strasburg so far this spring has appeared in two games, allowing two runs in 5.2 innings while striking out seven batters.
Even though Scherzer will be awarded the honors of opening the season for the Nats, he does feel that any one of the other starters is more than capable of doing the job.
“This rotation, one through five, can all start Opening Day. This is a good problem to have,” Scherzer told MLB.com. “[Pitching on Opening Day] doesn’t mean anything. Going out there, winning ballgames and competing in October — that’s what means the most. That’s the only thing that matters. Opening Day is more publicity than anything.”
With the addition of Scherzer and the players they already had in place, the Nationals are certainly favorites to win the National League East and perhaps even more.