Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper help Nationals cruise past Padres

After winning his second Cy Young award last year, Max Scherzer showcased more of his Cy Young form Friday in a 5-1 win over the Padres.

Scherzer struck out 13 batters while allowing just one run over 8 2/3 innings. The reigning National League Cy Young winner improved to 5-3 with a 2.77 ERA this season.

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Elite Kids Philip Rivers Jersey The Nationals are nearly a complete team. Led by a powerful lineup that is a threat to score runs in bunches, they also possess one of the best rotations in MLB. The bullpen has been an issue, but newly appointed closer Koda Glover notched a save Friday. He looks destined to run away with the job.

During the first month of the season, Travis pulled the bulk of his batted balls into left field at a 40 percent rate while driving balls to the opposite field only 21.7 percent of the time. In May, Travis flipped the script and went to the opposite field 40.7 percent of the time while pulling the ball only 29.6 percent of the time.

The clearest indicator of Travis’ move in the batter’s box is the pitches he’s swung at. Travis’ primary point of contact in the zone shifted from the inner part of the strike zone to the heart of the plate.

He just turned 28 before the season began and it wouldn’t be entirely shocking for him to have a great season, especially if his plate discipline continues. Gonzalez may not sustain a .300/.400/.600 performance over the course of a 162-game season because that’s a pretty tall order, but .275/.320/.500 and 20-25 home runs is certainly not out of the question.

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