Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer, not content with just another lights-out pitching performance, decided to add another weapon to his arsenal against the Atlanta Braves on Monday night — his blazing speed.
Scherzer singled to right field, leading off the top of the seventh inning with the Nationals holding a 2-0 lead. Then, with Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman playing behind him and an 0-2 pitch to leadoff hitter Trea Turner, Scherzer took off and stole second base.
With the combination of Scherzer’s great jump and a low-outside pitch by Braves pitcher Peter Moylan, catcher Kurt Suzuki had no chance and never attempted a throw.
He struck out 10 and walked none, not allowing a Braves hitter to get past first base while throwing just 102 pitches in his ninth career complete game.
And Scherzer’s stellar performance came at a good time for the Nationals, who got back to .500 after losing five in a row.
Gronkowski has been the subject of trade rumors in recent weeks as coach Bill Belichick’s aggravation with him seemingly grows. Earlier this week, Gronkowski said he was pretty certain he’d return to the Patriots as long as quarterback Tom Brady remains with the team. However, lingering frustrations remain and Belichick has questioned whether Gronkowski is all in after he reportedly considered retirement to pursue a career in acting.
There are only a few options on tonight’s slate, as the wise fantasy manager will be building around a motivated star. If you want to go full stars and scrubs, I fully condone it, but Davis is the high-end player I am making sure I get as much exposure to as I can. As the Pellies look to qualify for postseason play, they have not been shy about leaning on The Brow (nearly 37 minutes per game over the past two weeks), and I’ll happily invest in that level of court time against a checked-out Clippers team that has given up at least 110 points in all four April games.