Washington National's pitcher Max Scherzer has won back-to-back Cy Young awards and is one of only 10 pitchers in the history of baseball to have won the award three times. But in June, the best pitcher in baseball did something that only four other pitchers have ever done - pitching the second immaculate inning of his career.
He did it in the top of the sixth inning of the National's 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays when he struck out Johnny Field, Christian Arroyo, and Daniel Robertson with just nine pitches!
Here’s are some interesting facts to know about Scherzer.
1. His Contract Pays Him Through 2028
Scherzer was picked in the first round of baseball’s 2007 draft, 11th overall, out of the University of Missouri by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He made his big league debut with Arizona the following year. But following the 2009 season, the Diamondbacks sent Scherzer to the Detroit Tigers as part of a three-team, seven-player trade.
He pitched for the Tigers for the next five years, helping Detroit reach the postseason in all five of those seasons — and to get all the way to the World Series in 2014, where they lost to the San Francisco Giants. Scherzer won 21 games in 2013 and 18 the following year. But after 2014, Scherzer became eligible for free agency and spurned a $160 million offer to re-up with Detroit.
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