Washington Nationals superstar Max Scherzer faced Austin Dean of the Miami Marlins in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game, and with one out, Scherzer struck Dean out on a 3-2 slider to end the 10-pitch at-bat for his 300th strikeout of the 2018 season.
Scherzer was given a standing ovation by the 26,483 fans in attendance following the historic feat. Tuesday’s game was Scherzer’s 18th start with double-digit strikeouts out of his 33 total starts.
Scherzer’s 2018 is the seventh 300-strikeout season since 2000. The others are as follows: Chris Sale (308, 2017 Boston Red Sox), Clayton Kershaw (301, 2015 Los Angeles Dodgers), Randy Johnson (334, 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks), Curt Schilling (316, 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (372, 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (347, 2000 Arizona Diamondbacks).
The 34-year-old Scherzer is now the oldest pitcher in the modern era to post his first 300-strikeout season (going off of age at the end of the season). The previous oldest pitcher at the end of his first career 300-strikeout season in the modern era was Mike Scott in 1986. Scott was 31 the year of the historic feat.
Scherzer’s historic season is just the 67th 300-strikeout season in Major League history going back to 1883. Following Scherzer’s stellar outing against the Marlins, he now has an 18-7 record with a 2.53 ERA en route to another stellar season.
With the Cy Young race in full throttle and Jacob deGrom’s historic season in Scherzer’s path, it is unlikely that the heterochromatic pitcher will win the National League Cy Young Award. Regardless of whether or not Scherzer comes out on top, this has been yet another incredible season that Scherzer will proudly add to his Hall of Fame resume.