After nearly seven seasons, Max Scherzer is no longer a National.
Washington traded him to the Dodgers before the MLB Trade Deadline on Thursday, ending a historic run with the franchise that included two consecutive Cy Young awards and a World Series championship in 2019.
Scherzer and the Nationals nearly celebrated another accomplishment this season, but the Nats and their fans are most likely going to have to watch Scherzer get this one in another uniform.
The eight-time All-Star has 2,931 career strikeouts entering a new chapter in Los Angeles. Scherzer needs just 69 strikeouts to join the illustrious 3,000 club. Only 18 pitchers in history have struck out 3,000 hitters and Scherzer is poised to become No. 19.
Scherzer piled up 1,610 punch-outs with the Nationals, accounting for more than half of his career total. With 147 through 19 starts this year, he's averaging just under eight strikeouts per outing.
If those numbers hold, he should be able to get to 3,000 in roughly nine starts. Whether they come this season with the Dodgers or next season with the team he signs with in free agency, it's an inevitability. Unless the Nats sign him back this winter, they'll likely have to watch him get to 3,000 wearing different colors.