By James A. Kidney Max Scherzer is having a great year for the Nationals. He seems headed toward his third Cy Young trophy for best pitcher in the National League. I wondered how he stacks up against one of his best contemporaries, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, and a couple of historic greats, Cy Young himself and Walter Johnson, the best pitcher in the history of Washington professional baseball teams, excluding the Negro Leagues. Here is the data, courtesy of http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/ Comparing Scherzer with the greats: Cy Young Walter Johnson Clayton Kershaw Max Scherzer Career ERA 2.6 2.2 2.4 3.3 W-L % 0.618 0.599 0.692 0.646 Hits/9 innings 9 8 7 8 SO/9 innings 3.4 5.3 9.9 10 W/9 innings 2.3 2.57 2.4 2.5 HR/9 innings 0.2 0.1 0.2 1 WHIP* 1.13 1.061 0.999 1.12 *WHIP: Walks plus hits per inning. All four pitchers are fairly comparable. Scherzer does … Read more of this post . . .