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Inside the numbers: Breaking down Scherzer's 20-strikeout performance

Inside the numbers: Breaking down Scherzer's 20-strikeout performance

BY RICH GOLDBERG (@GoldyStats)

Max Scherzer tied an MLB single-game record for strikeouts on Wednesday in the Nationals' 3-2 win against the Tigers.

CSN Mid-Atlantic reseacher Rich Goldberg goes inside the numbers on Scherzer's dominant performance.

0: Walks (Each 9-inning, 20-strikeout performance had 0 walks)

2: Players with 20 strikeouts before the final out of a 9 inning game (Roger Clemens, 1986)

3: Times Scherzer struck out the side

4: Players with 20 strikeouts in 9-inning game (Clemens 2x, Kerry Wood, Randy Johnson)

5: Tigers who struck out 3 times (Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez, Miguel Cabrera, James McCann and Anthony Gose)

9: Three-pitch strikeouts

13: Consecutive batters retired between 3rd and 7th inning

20: Most strikeouts in MLB history against a former team

23: Balls thrown in the game

30: MLB teams defeated by Scherzer (1 of 2 active players who have beaten all 30, including John Lackey)

96: Strikes thrown by Scherzer

119: Total pitches thrown by Scherzer

2001: The last time a pitcher struck out 20 batters in one game (Johnson vs. Cincinnati Reds)

 

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Report: St. Louis Cardinals season postponed until Friday after more positive coronavirus tests

Report: St. Louis Cardinals season postponed until Friday after more positive coronavirus tests

The St. Louis Cardinals have not played in a regular season game since Wednesday, July 29, after multiple staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

Well, the outbreak has spread to multiple members within the organization. After additional testing was done, seven players have tested positive along with six staff members, bringing the total number of positive tests in St. Louis' traveling party to 13, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Mark Saxon.

As a result, the Cardinals will not travel to Detroit for their four-game series with the Tigers that was scheduled to begin Monday, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. The tentative plan for St. Louis is to return to action on Friday for a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs.

The positive tests among the Cardinals players occurred after a few players allegedly went to the casino, according to Jerry Hairston Jr. and confirmed by Jon Heyman.

The Cardinals are the second team to have multiple games canceled due to positive tests. The Miami Marlins have not played since Sunday, July 26, after an outbreak ripped through the organization with a total of 18 positive tests among players. The Marlins are set to resume their season Tuesday against the Orioles.

Last Friday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the league could shut down if players don't do a better job of following coronavirus protocols. However, a day later, Manfred said the MLB will continue playing despite more positive tests, saying "there is no reason to quit now."

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Former National Michael Morse says 60 games isn't enough to crown World Series champ

Former National Michael Morse says 60 games isn't enough to crown World Series champ

Add former National Michael Morse to the list of people that want an asterisk on the 2020 World Series champion

One of the biggest topics of conversation surrounding Major League Baseball's shortened season is whether or not this year's champion will have really "earned it" the way past winners have.

Playing almost 100 fewer regular season games clearly doesn't work for Morse.

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What's made baseball's situation more difficult than the NBA and NHL is the fact the regular season hadn't yet started when sports were first shut down. A 60 game schedule is even tougher for so many to accept because of the fact that the sport takes pride in its longevity. Baseball is supposed to be a marathon, and 60 games versus 162 and expanded playoffs are clearly very different. 

That being said, with so many other factors surrounding the sport like the mental toll this pandemic and MLB restrictions can have on players, it's fair to say this is still an incredibly difficult landscape to win in, 60 games or not. 

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