Sarris: Is Max Scherzer adding a fourth breaking pitch?

From SABR member Eno Sarris at The Athletic on August 13, 2018:

When​ Max Scherzer​ thinks about the most important things​ he’s​ learned in his​ career, he​ thinks of the​ pitches​ he’s​​ added over time. We know this because that’s exactly what he said when he was asked to detail the most important adjustment in his career at the 2016 All-Star Game.

“What really what separated me and allowed me to be the pitcher I am today was in 2012, when I was able to add the curveball,” Scherzer told me then. “I went from trying to throw a back-door slider and slow it down and slow it down and then all of a sudden I threw a curveball, and that gave me another pitch to throw to a left-handed hitter, and it really opened my eyes to ‘Hey, I can add pitches, I can make myself a better pitcher.’”

It is with a light heart that we can report: Max Scherzer is at it again. The Nationals righty has recently begun his unprecedented quest to throw a fourth breaking ball.

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Originally published: August 15, 2018. Last Updated: August 15, 2018.