Max Scherzer just won his third Cy Young Award last month -- and his second in the National League with the Nats -- so what has his offseason been like? "Changing diapers. Wiping butts," Scherzer said with a laugh. He became a first-time father late last month when his wife, Erica, gave birth to their first daughter, Brooklyn. Between the birth of his daughter and winning the NL's top pitching honor, Scherzer's offseason has provided enough distractions that have helped him get past a difficult end to the 2017 season. Not only did the Nationals lose in Game 5 of the National League Division Series, but Scherzer was also on the mound for a bizarre and disastrous fifth inning. He entered the game with the Nats leading, 4-3, and he left with his team trailing, 7-4, as the Cubs grabbed a lead they would never relinquish en route to the NL Championship Series. That made 2017 an up-and-down year for Scherzer. On one hand, when Scherzer was on the mound and healthy, he was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball, and he was rewarded for it with a second consecutive NL Cy Young Award. His numbers somehow improved from 2016, and he is poised to continue being one of the best pitchers in the game. Yet Scherzer battled a series of nagging injuries throughout the year -- neck stiffness, a left calf bruise, a right hamstring tweak -- and only now does he say he feels 100 percent healthy. And he took the loss hard after Game 5 in what was ultimately a disappointing finish to the Nationals' season.
Scherzer's goal: 'Get better every single year'
MLB.com | Dec 16