Something tells me Max Scherzer is more than ready for the 2016 MLB season. His performance on the mound today showed that. Scherzer pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs over 5 innings and allowed just 3 hits while fanning 9 batters to help lift the Nationals to a 8-2 win over St. Louis. Scherzer struggles a bit in the first inning, as the Cards put up a 2-0 lead on the Nats, but settled and dominated from thereon, settling into cruise control. He improved to 2-0 on the spring with an impressive 1.38 ERA for the spring. With just two weeks away, he has one spring start remaining.
Meanwhile, offensively, the hottest Nats at the plate, OF Michael Taylor, continued his impressive spring, going 2-4 at the plate with a home run and 4 RBIs. He maintained a red-hot .486 batting average. On the spring, Taylor is 18 for 37 at the plate with 4 doubles, 4 home runs, and 13 RBI. Taylor is not only making a statement for playing time, but jockeying for a starting role. The Nats singed Ben revere int he offseason to handle center field duties. Revere himself is having a good spring, batting .375 with 12 hits on 32 at bats. Taylor had a double and a home run today.
Bryce Harper was 2 for 4 and scored a run, as he maintained a solid .344 batting average. Jayson Werth also had two its, going 2 for 3 with a walk, 2 runs, and an RBI. Wilson Ramos was 2 for 3 and lifted his spring average to .391, which is good news for the Nats.
The Nationals improved to a major league leading 15-4 spring record.
The Nationals waived 1B/OF Tyler Moore. Without any minor league options available, Moore can be claimed by any major league team. Moore struggled this spring, collecting just 4 hits on 29 at bats, an average of just .129. With a solid spring from Clinton Robinson, who will backup Ryan Zimmerman at first base, and Michael Taylor, who is having an incredible spring, the options were limited for Moore.
With the waiver of Moore, that may mean good news for IF Steve Sizemore. Sizemore can play 2B and 3B and has had a good spring, batting .357 with 10 hits on 28 at bats, including 3 doubles and 3 homers.
Quote of the Day:
“We can only play three at a time. There’s not a quarterback controversy. It is what it is.” Dusty Baker on Michael Taylor’s hot spring and his role in the outfield.