Nationals pick Max Scherzer, not Stephen Strasburg, as Opening Day starter


Stephen Strasburg has started Opening Day for the Nationals in each of the past three seasons, but they’re going with Max Scherzer in Game 1 this year after signing the former Cy Young winner to a $210 million deal as a free agent.

This will be the first Opening Day start of Scherzer’s career, because Justin Verlander always got the Game 1 nod in Detroit (until now, as the Tigers will go with David Price this season).

Last season Scherzer threw 220 innings with a 3.15 ERA and 252/63 K/BB ratio, while Strasburg threw 215 innings with a 3.14 ERA and 242/43 K/BB ratio. So the larger point is that the Nationals have a really, really good rotation.