It’s hard to find a pitcher more dominant against one team than Washington Nationals starter Max Scherzer has been against the Miami Marlins.
In 25 career starts against Miami, Scherzer is 14-5 with a 2.99 earned run average. He has 177 career wins, but he hasn’t beaten any team as much as he’s beaten Miami.
Scherzer’s been so good against the Marlins that after he dominated them on Sunday by throwing a complete game and allowing just one run while striking out nine, the Nationals had some fun at Miami’s expense.
WynnBET currently has Scherzer with +1500 odds to win the NL Cy Young award this season, but his complete game against Miami could be a springboard for him after picking up just one win in April.
Currently, Scherzer sports a 2-2 record, but he has an impressive 2.54 ERA and has struck out 47 batters in 39.0 innings.
Another Cy Young-caliber year for Scherzer would help the Nationals reach their 2019 form when they won the World Series. Last year, Washington found itself behind the Marlins and in the basement of the NL East.
Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin are trying to duplicate their 2019 dominance to get Washington back to the playoffs in 2021, though Strasburg is currently on the IL.
After going 12-12 through their first 24 games, the Nationals’ odds to win the NL East division sit at +450 on WynnBET. Miami is +3000.
Both teams have worse odds than the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies to win the division this season, which means it will be an uphill climb for Washington to find itself back in World Series contention.