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

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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.