Another weekend of Major League Baseball is in the books. We’re coming together every Sunday to award winners and losers after each weekend of MLB action this season. Here are the big winners and losers from the last few days, including Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, and some family relationships.
Winner: Vintage Scherzer
Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer made history in his Saturday start against the New York Yankees. In 7 1/3 innings, Scherzer struck out 14 batters.
With that, it marks Scherzer’s 100th time in which he’s struck out 10 or more batters. He became just the fifth pitcher to reach that mark, as he joins Nolan Ryan (215), Randy Johnson (212), Roger Clemens (110), and Pedro Martinez (100). The outing was also Scherzer’s 11th career game with 14 or more strikeouts. On top of all that, Scherzer on Saturday moved past Mickey Lolich and into 20th place on the all-time strikeout list with 2,845 punch outs. Scherzer, at 36-years-old, is moving further away from his peak, but in 2021, he’s continuing to perform at vintage level.
Winner: Walk-off Bronx Bombers
The month of May has been much nicer than the month of April in the 2021 season for the New York Yankees. The Bronx Bombers won twice this weekend, including after all those strikeouts vs. Scherzer, to take their series against the Nationals and improve to 6-2 on the month. Gleyber Torres smacked a walk-off single on Saturday before finally adding his first homer of the season in Sunday’s win. Giancarlo Stanton had walk-off honors in the series finale: