Max Scherzer remains a 'premier' fantasy starter

Drew Silva explains why Mets' ace Max Scherzer should continue his strong numbers into August.

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- Max Scherzer missed the final couple of weeks of May and the entirety of June because of a left oblique strain. But the veteran ace has picked up right where he left off since returning from the injured list on July 5, delivering a 1.40 ERA and 31 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio in three starts covering 19 and 1/3 innings. Altogether this season for the Mets, Scherzer is 6 and 1 with a 2.22 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 90 to 12 strikeout to walk ratio in 11 starts covering 69 innings.

Had he not strained that oblique muscle on May 18 against the Cardinals, the 37-year-old right-hander likely would have claimed his ninth career all-star selection and perhaps been in the running for his fourth career Cy Young Award. But those kind of accolades don't matter all that much to fantasy managers, who are just happy to be able to plug Scherzer onto their active rosters again on a daily or weekly basis.

He should remain a premier starter throughout the second half as he plays out the first year of what is essentially a three-year, $130 million free agent deal with New York. There's still time for Scherzer to get his regular season workload up near 140 to 150 innings, and to then help the Mets in their quest to win their first World Series title since 1986.