Max Scherzer
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 3" 208LBS | Age: 39
Draft: 2006 | Rd: 1, #11, Arizona Diamondbacks | U Missouri Columbia
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 15 4 2.46 30 30 0 179.1 236 0.86
2022 11 5 2.29 23 23 0 145.1 173 0.91
2023 13 6 3.77 27 27 0 152.2 174 1.12
16 Seasons 214 108 3.15 457 448 0 2,834.2 3,367 1.08
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 30 15-4 2.46 179.1 236 0.86
2022 23 11-5 2.29 145.1 173 0.91
2023 27 13-6 3.77 152.2 174 1.12
16 Seasons 457 214-108 3.15 2,834.2 3,367 1.08
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
Sweet
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2015 30 3359 584 34 5.8 3.8 87.1 114.7 17.1 33.2 .202 .340 .259 .253 .349 29.8 30.7 3.8 2.79 2.59
2016 31 3563 556 34 6.1 3.8 87.2 114.3 19.4 30.8 .197 .335 .267 .259 .349 29.5 31.5 6.2 2.96 2.78
2017 32 3111 446 25 5.6 3.2 86.5 112.0 19.1 31.4 .177 .305 .247 .243 .327 29.5 34.4 6.9 2.51 2.49
2018 33 3493 503 33 6.6 3.8 86.6 111.1 20.7 33.8 .185 .316 .252 .248 .345 31.7 34.6 5.9 2.53 2.56
2019 34 2770 409 27 6.6 3.9 87.6 111.7 13.5 35.2 .203 .336 .269 .253 .363 35.5 35.1 4.8 2.92 2.77
2020 35 1213 179 15 8.4 5.1 88.5 112.2 18.7 41.9 .252 .431 .319 .321 .440 36.3 31.2 7.8 3.74 4.39
2021 36 2821 411 33 8.0 4.8 87.9 113.3 19.3 33.6 .196 .353 .248 .263 .366 34.3 34.1 5.2 2.46 2.88
2022 37 2167 357 30 8.4 5.3 87.8 113.2 21.3 32.2 .202 .339 .254 .265 .352 33.9 30.6 4.2 2.29 2.87
2023 38 2465 398 34 8.5 5.5 88.5 111.7 20.2 32.2 .207 .375 .298 .281 .353 36.9 28.0 7.2 3.77 3.28
Player 24962 3843 265 6.9 4.2 87.4 114.7 18.8 33.2 .198 .340 .264 .260 .354 32.5 32.4 5.6
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .368 36.3 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Scherzer relies on 5 pitches.
Four Seamer
(46.3%) ,
Slider
(16.8%) ,
Changeup
(14.1%) ,
Curveball
(12.4%) ,
Cutter
(10.4%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2015 38.4 23.5 26.7 11.5 34.1 37.3 28.3 3.4 26.4 31.7 23.5 5.7 5.8 3.8
2016 34.7 25.0 26.8 13.5 37.6 32.2 29.9 3.8 23.9 33.6 22.3 4.9 6.1 3.8
2017 38.3 28.7 22.2 10.8 40.1 34.5 25.3 3.8 28.0 34.1 20.2 6.1 5.6 3.2
2018 35.2 25.8 23.1 15.9 37.0 36.2 26.2 3.4 25.6 33.8 22.9 6.4 6.6 3.8
2019 41.3 24.9 26.7 7.1 36.9 35.0 28.1 4.9 29.6 25.9 26.9 5.9 6.6 3.9
2020 34.6 25.1 31.3 8.9 34.6 32.4 33.0 5.0 20.1 28.5 30.7 5.6 8.4 5.1
2021 35.0 32.4 22.6 10.0 36.0 36.7 27.3 5.1 23.1 35.3 22.4 5.8 8.0 4.8
2022 33.1 30.8 22.7 13.4 35.3 36.7 28.0 5.0 21.8 37.0 23.0 3.9 8.4 5.3
2023 33.7 32.7 22.9 10.8 38.2 37.4 24.4 5.0 24.9 35.2 18.6 7.8 8.5 5.5
Player 36.2 27.4 24.7 11.6 36.7 35.5 27.6 4.2 25.2 33.0 22.9 5.8 6.9 4.2
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.8 7.0 37.0 37.5 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2023 Curveball TEX R 306 75.4 58.1 -1.0 -2 14.8 3.5 30
2023 Cutter TEX R 256 88.4 27.4 -0.1 0 1.5 -0.5 -27
2023 Changeup TEX R 347 83.8 36.1 2.0 6 14.4 0.4 3
2023 Slider TEX R 414 84.0 37.2 -0.4 -1 3.4 -2.9 -46
2023 4-Seam Fastball TEX R 1,141 93.7 15.5 0.3 2 10.8 2.8 34
2022 Changeup NYM R 272 84.1 34.9 2.1 6 14.9 0.6 5
2022 Slider NYM R 507 85.0 34.7 -1.8 -5 3.2 -2.3 -42
2022 Cutter NYM R 203 89.2 26.0 -0.3 -1 0.3 -1.3 -81
2022 4-Seam Fastball NYM R 981 94.0 15.0 0.2 1 11.1 3.2 40
2022 Curveball NYM R 200 75.0 58.4 -2.1 -3 16.6 5.5 50
2021 Changeup LAD R 421 85.0 33.9 1.7 5 15.2 0.8 6
2021 Curveball LAD R 277 76.9 54.4 -1.8 -3 13.4 2.9 27
2021 Slider LAD R 529 85.8 32.5 -2.6 -7 2.9 -2.5 -47
2021 4-Seam Fastball LAD R 1,317 94.3 14.8 0.4 3 10.6 2.6 32
2021 Cutter LAD R 277 90.0 24.9 0.5 2 0.7 -2.3 -144
2020 Curveball WSH R 110 77.1 55.0 -0.4 -1 14.4 3.9 36
2020 4-Seam Fastball WSH R 558 94.7 15.0 0.2 1 10.5 2.5 30
2020 Cutter WSH R 117 91.1 23.8 0.3 1 0.8 -2.1 -165
2020 Changeup WSH R 194 84.9 35.0 2.7 8 14.5 0.9 6
2020 Slider WSH R 234 85.5 34.9 -1.3 -3 4.1 -0.9 -18
2019 4-Seam Fastball WSH R 1,341 94.9 16.7 -0.5 -3 12.2 3.1 34
2019 Curveball WSH R 240 78.5 51.3 -3.3 -6 10.8 -0.1 -1
2019 Slider WSH R 573 85.6 36.1 0.0 0 3.2 -2.1 -40
2019 Cutter WSH R 214 89.8 26.6 -0.1 0 0.5 -2.1 -135
2019 Changeup WSH R 401 84.3 36.3 2.9 9 15.7 1.0 7
2018 Changeup WSH R 547 83.9 37.7 4.0 12 15.1 0.9 6
2018 Cutter WSH R 336 88.7 28.2 -1.2 -5 1.5 -0.3 -17
2018 Curveball WSH R 274 78.4 52.0 -3.4 -6 8.0 -1.9 -19
2018 4-Seam Fastball WSH R 1,745 94.4 17.3 -0.8 -5 10.8 1.9 21
2018 Slider WSH R 577 85.2 37.3 0.2 0 3.2 -1.8 -36
2017 Curveball WSH R 255 77.4 52.6 -2.0 -4 10.1 1.0 11
2017 Sinker WSH R 89 93.5 21.5 -1.7 -7 15.1 -0.6 -4
2017 Changeup WSH R 443 84.6 34.7 3.5 11 13.9 -0.2 -2
2017 Cutter WSH R 238 87.9 28.2 -0.8 -3 3.4 1.6 83
2017 Slider WSH R 656 85.4 34.5 -0.2 -1 4.4 1.0 28
2017 4-Seam Fastball WSH R 1,418 94.0 14.2 1.3 8 9.9 0.5 5
2016 4-Seam Fastball WSH R 1,872 95.0 16.4 -0.2 -1 12.4 4.2 51
2016 Curveball WSH R 276 78.5 52.1 -2.8 -5 8.3 -1.7 -17
2016 Cutter WSH R 58 90.1 26.8 -0.5 -2 1.8 -4.5 -165
2016 Slider WSH R 776 86.8 33.5 -0.1 0 2.9 -1.2 -29
2016 Sinker WSH R 33 95.4 16.1 -4.9 -23 13.6 -0.8 -6
2016 Changeup WSH R 411 85.9 36.0 4.2 13 15.4 2.2 16
2015 Changeup WSH R 434 85.4 36.0 3.9 12 14.5 1.1 8
2015 Slider WSH R 596 86.6 34.8 0.2 1 2.7 -2.0 -42
2015 4-Seam Fastball WSH R 1,958 94.8 17.3 -0.7 -5 12.6 4.2 51
2015 Cutter WSH R 54 89.9 29.3 -3.9 -15 2.3 -4.0 -234
2015 Curveball WSH R 266 80.1 47.5 -5.0 -10 7.3 -2.6 -26
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2023 4-Seam Fastball 0.5 6 1,142 46.3 240 .255 .458 .340 23.8 18.8 16.9 .233 .457 .327 43.0
2023 Slider -0.2 -1 414 16.8 113 .250 .545 .336 36.4 29.2 22.6 .245 .464 .301 35.4
2023 Changeup -0.2 -1 347 14.1 105 .207 .283 .267 27.5 28.6 15.9 .199 .278 .268 27.0
2023 Curveball 0.6 2 306 12.4 83 .187 .373 .289 32.6 37.3 30.1 .162 .261 .238 25.0
2023 Cutter 2.0 5 256 10.4 79 .135 .243 .195 33.3 43.0 28.8 .130 .240 .190 42.5
2022 4-Seam Fastball 1.3 13 983 45.4 232 .212 .370 .279 23.0 21.1 23.1 .232 .459 .332 44.2
2022 Slider 3.6 18 508 23.4 143 .183 .232 .195 46.4 39.2 31.3 .154 .200 .160 18.6
2022 Changeup -1.2 -3 272 12.6 92 .224 .365 .299 23.2 28.3 16.6 .213 .322 .267 25.4
2022 Cutter -0.8 -2 204 9.4 61 .208 .302 .277 37.6 54.1 34.4 .162 .252 .241 38.1
2022 Curveball 0.8 2 200 9.2 37 .229 .286 .251 21.9 24.3 22.5 .246 .358 .284 34.6
2021 4-Seam Fastball 1.4 18 1,317 46.7 299 .193 .359 .281 30.8 31.1 26.2 .201 .380 .285 40.8
2021 Slider 2.2 12 529 18.8 138 .150 .286 .232 47.8 39.9 27.6 .168 .316 .220 29.1
2021 Changeup 0.8 3 421 14.9 121 .150 .212 .195 28.8 28.1 15.5 .170 .256 .217 20.3
2021 Cutter 0.2 1 277 9.8 84 .215 .443 .302 29.2 44.0 32.2 .236 .451 .313 42.9
2021 Curveball 0.3 1 277 9.8 51 .265 .388 .317 34.4 33.3 30.4 .234 .363 .274 34.4
2020 4-Seam Fastball 0.4 2 558 46.0 124 .264 .509 .366 28.8 28.2 23.5 .288 .565 .393 52.6
2020 Slider 1.9 4 234 19.3 58 .148 .167 .213 50.4 39.7 30.3 .184 .239 .220 22.6
2020 Changeup -1.7 -3 194 16.0 62 .328 .466 .376 26.3 25.8 14.7 .242 .376 .283 27.9
2020 Cutter 1.7 2 117 9.6 32 .194 .323 .236 25.6 46.9 22.7 .168 .308 .217 18.8
2020 Curveball -1.8 -2 110 9.1 18 .500 .750 .558 27.6 16.7 10.7 .427 .599 .469 23.1
2019 4-Seam Fastball 1.2 16 1,341 48.4 306 .223 .415 .309 27.4 33.3 26.3 .216 .397 .290 40.7
2019 Slider 4.0 23 573 20.7 153 .172 .205 .174 50.2 40.5 30.8 .171 .229 .179 28.1
2019 Changeup -0.6 -2 401 14.5 132 .240 .384 .291 38.8 37.1 23.4 .202 .315 .245 28.9
2019 Curveball -0.3 -1 240 8.7 34 .290 .516 .374 23.3 14.7 14.7 .209 .341 .272 30.8
2019 Cutter 0.1 0 214 7.7 66 .262 .475 .342 26.4 37.9 20.5 .219 .360 .277 44.4
2018 4-Seam Fastball 1.7 29 1,745 50.0 397 .198 .320 .254 30.3 33.2 26.2 .188 .327 .252 36.3
2018 Slider 1.1 6 577 16.5 141 .195 .353 .263 46.6 37.6 29.3 .199 .336 .252 32.1
2018 Changeup 2.0 11 548 15.7 169 .126 .192 .195 35.1 37.3 23.5 .142 .204 .203 18.9
2018 Cutter -0.4 -1 336 9.6 102 .202 .479 .316 29.3 42.2 26.4 .183 .380 .281 33.3
2018 Curveball -0.8 -2 274 7.8 50 .277 .553 .388 18.2 16.0 11.0 .264 .407 .313 30.8
2017 4-Seam Fastball 0.2 3 1,418 45.6 339 .237 .445 .329 22.5 26.0 23.5 .217 .412 .301 32.7
2017 Slider 2.8 18 656 21.1 152 .129 .177 .157 51.5 50.0 34.7 .124 .177 .140 23.3
2017 Changeup 2.0 9 443 14.2 136 .110 .178 .200 41.2 41.9 25.1 .126 .172 .204 23.0
2017 Curveball 0.6 2 255 8.2 48 .200 .356 .270 19.3 20.8 17.5 .233 .397 .293 28.6
2017 Cutter 2.9 7 238 7.7 79 .111 .250 .213 37.3 45.6 29.0 .161 .244 .218 38.9
2017 Sinker 2.3 2 89 2.9 20 .235 .471 .358 7.5 5.0 5.0 .196 .428 .324 18.8
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
! Note: To better align with other values, positive numbers (red) are good, and negative numbers (blue) are poor.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2023 Changeup 341 83.8 99 15.3 2:30 2:45 -15
2023 Curveball 303 75.3 77 19.9 8:00 7:45 15
2023 Cutter 251 88.4 40 6.9 12:30 11:30 60
2023 4-Seam Fastball 1,138 93.7 94 18.9 1:30 1:15 15
2023 Slider 413 84.0 20 4.1 10:45 9:00 105
2022 Changeup 271 84.1 99 15.9 2:15 2:45 -30
2022 Curveball 200 75.0 77 21.2 8:00 7:45 15
2022 Cutter 204 89.2 43 7.7 1:00 11:45 75
2022 4-Seam Fastball 980 94.0 93 19.4 1:15 1:15 0
2022 Slider 507 85.0 20 4.6 11:30 10:00 90
2021 Changeup 417 85.0 98 16.1 2:15 2:45 -30
2021 Curveball 275 76.9 67 17.5 8:00 7:45 15
2021 Cutter 277 90.0 48 8.2 1:00 12:00 60
2021 4-Seam Fastball 1,304 94.3 91 19.0 1:30 1:15 15
2021 Slider 527 85.8 25 5.0 12:00 10:30 90
2020 Changeup 181 84.9 99 15.4 2:15 2:45 -30
2020 Curveball 109 77.1 70 18.9 8:15 7:45 30
2020 Cutter 106 91.2 50 8.4 12:45 12:15 30
2020 4-Seam Fastball 522 94.7 90 18.6 1:30 1:15 15
2020 Slider 225 85.5 23 4.9 11:00 9:30 90
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2008 228 893 6 8 -4 -4 6
2009 711 2,967 16 13 -7 -15 6
2010 796 3,283 12 32 -18 -14 12
2011 903 3,627 8 16 -14 -17 -7
2012 851 3,541 12 27 -20 -15 5
2013 924 3,766 26 36 -13 -14 35
2014 931 3,726 21 21 -8 -16 18
2015 897 3,353 17 31 -4 -8 36
2016 947 3,745 18 33 -5 -11 34
2017 805 3,225 36 29 -9 -14 42
2018 859 3,480 14 47 -5 -13 43
2019 815 3,284 23 43 -11 -10 45
2020 294 1,213 2 10 -4 -5 4
2021 761 3,117 24 42 -13 -13 39
2022 586 2,247 13 22 -4 -7 23
2023 661 2,608 5 28 -13 -12 8
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2015 3,359 55.5 72.5 73.9 33.8 53.4 41.3 71.3 55.2 30.7 9.0 81.5
2016 3,563 51.7 68.7 74.6 33.9 50.3 42.0 65.2 51.8 32.2 9.2 76.5
2017 3,111 52.6 69.3 73.0 32.8 50.4 40.8 64.7 52.0 32.1 8.9 75.6
2018 3,493 53.5 69.7 73.3 32.3 48.5 41.8 65.8 52.4 33.0 8.6 71.9
2019 2,770 50.3 70.7 73.5 34.1 49.5 41.1 70.4 52.5 33.8 7.9 77.6
2020 1,213 49.1 71.6 73.5 30.1 51.6 42.8 65.8 50.5 32.4 7.8 80.0
2021 2,821 50.6 71.0 73.7 29.8 44.8 42.8 64.1 50.6 34.1 8.1 78.2
2022 2,167 50.5 70.0 78.5 34.0 48.8 42.4 66.4 52.2 30.6 7.9 78.4
2023 2,465 50.9 70.9 78.6 30.3 52.9 43.9 69.9 51.0 28.6 7.5 82.2
Player 24,962 52.0 70.4 74.6 32.5 49.9 42.0 67.1 52.2 32.0 8.4 77.5
MLB 48.6 66.9 82.0 28.4 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 7.3 76.1
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2015 94 92 78 55 99 5 29 78 76 94 98 92 88 77 99 41 37
2016 93 94 85 66 97 12 46 82 85 94 76 95 90 81 99 56 28
2017 97 98 93 78 98 24 56 67 78 97 75 91 92 66 98 55 42
2018 96 95 89 72 98 12 45 89 78 95 86 93 90 73 96 55 37
2019 96 89 91 84 96 28 58 75 59 95 94 91 91 76 93 76 36
2020 45 36 36 37 53 6 31 47 54 84 60 81 71 74 91 78 40
2021 92 91 77 51 98 16 47 71 82 96 92 92 67 65 91 76 42
2022 87 87 78 56 95 21 30 65 81 89 96 83 90 52 87 86 33
2023 86 89 70 41 97 18 37 61 64 81 68 68 69 44 81 80 34
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2016 21.9 34 33.1 1 13 25 14 41.2
2017 22.1 22 24.1 -2 12 17 11 50.0
2018 23.2 23 20.7 2 12 17 10 43.5
2019 22.2 22 21.4 1 17 16 8 36.4
2020 25.4 10 9.5 1 6 7 5 50.0
2021 24.5 25 23.6 1 7 13 14 56.0
2022 23.5 17 17.1 0 7 12 8 47.1
2023 23.2 30 28.9 1 6 24 10 33.3
Player 23.0 183 178.3 5 80 131 80 43.7

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 34 35 25 39 37 30 35 32 31 26 32 41 33 29 31 37 22 29 34 37 30 27