Stat of the Day: Scherzer is Mr. Consistency

April 12th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Nationals this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

April 11: Dodgers 3, Nationals 0 -- Scherzer's usual? 6+ IP strong
When Max Scherzer held the Dodgers to one run in the Nationals’ 3-0 loss on Sunday, he joined opposing starter Clayton Kershaw and fellow veteran Zack Greinke in the top three list for most six-plus inning starts with one run or fewer allowed since 2013. Kershaw tops the list with 92 such starts, followed by 89 from Scherzer and 88 from Greinke. Kershaw also reached the feat on Sunday.

April 10: Dodgers 9, Nationals 5 -- Soto's two-homer game
Juan Soto can hit. And he can homer. The 22-year-old hit two home runs against the Dodgers, already his eighth career multi-home run game. That puts him tied for seventh all-time for multi-HR games from players before turning 23 since at least 1901. Eddie Matthews is the all-time leader with 13 multi-HR games and the Yankees’ Gleyber Torres is second with 10.

April 9: Dodgers 1, Nationals 0 -- Soto achieves rare feat vs. Buehler
Juan Soto did what only one player was able to do all last season. In 2020, Dodgers starter Walker Buehler allowed multiple base hits off his four-seamer only once (Dansby Swanson of the Braves in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series). Facing Buehler on Friday, Soto connected on a pair of four-seamers down the middle for hits.

April 7: Braves 2, Nationals 0 (Game 2 of DH) -- Strasburg's historic double
For all the pitching leaderboards is on, the right-hander joined one for his skills at the plate on Wednesday in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Braves. In the third inning, Strasburg doubled into right-center field off Huascar Ynoa. In doing so, he became one of only seven active pitchers with 10-plus doubles. Strasburg joins Adam Wainwright, Zack Greinke, Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw, Ian Kennedy and Shelby Miller on the list.

April 6: Nationals 6, Braves 5 -- Scherzer ties most home runs allowed in career
Max Scherzer's first pitch of the Nationals' 2021 season was sent out of Nationals Park by Ronald Acuña Jr., and Braves didn't slow down from there. Acuña tacked on a second solo shot, and Freddie Freeman and Dansby Swanson also went deep. By allowing four home runs to Atlanta in his Opening Day start, Scherzer tied his career mark for the most homers surrendered in a game. Prior to Tuesday, Scherzer had given up four homers on May 6, 2016, against the Cubs, and April 3, 2011, against the Yankees.