Report: Max Scherzer will pitch for Team USA in World Baseball Classic – CBSSports.com
Before we get to the 2017 Major League Baseball seasons, we’ll have the World Baseball Classic next spring. USA has landed it’s first big name, as Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports that Nationals ace and NL Cy Young finalist Max Scherzer will be on the squad.
Scherzer, 32, was 20-7 with a 2.96 ERA (141 ERA+), 0.97 WHIP and 284 strikeouts in 228 1/3 innings last season. This marks the fourth straight season he’s been a top-five finisher in Cy Young voting. He won the award in 2013 with the Tigers and now could win with the Nationals. He led the majors in strikeouts and WHIP while pacing the NL in wins and innings pitched.
Fun sidenote: Team USA’s manager is Jim Leyland, who was Scherzer’s manager with the Tigers when he won the AL Cy Young.
Some might worry about the pitcher workload throwing in the WBC, but there are pitch limits by outing and Scherzer would be throwing in spring training games if he weren’t in the WBC, so it’s likely a wash.
The World Baseball Classic begins on March 9.