Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: A Scher bet on the mound

Stats of the Day: A Scher bet on the mound

Here are three interesting items from around the big leagues Wednesday ...

Max Scherzer picked up his 18th win to tie for the National League lead, allowed four hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings to lower his WHIP to 0.929 (which leads the NL), and he fanned eight to push his league-leading tally to 267 K's. Over the past five seasons, among pitchers with at least 800 innings pitched, Scherzer ranks second in WHIP, first in K percentage, fourth in K:BB ratio, seventh in ERA and fourth in ERA+. Over this same span, he ranks first in wins, first in strikeouts and second in innings.

• Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado hit his NL-leading 39th home run of the season and added four RBIs to his league-leading total, which is now 128. The 25-year-old has a one-homer lead over the Cubs' Kris Bryant and has a commanding advantage in RBIs (24) over Washington's Daniel Murphy and Chicago's Anthony Rizzo. Just a year ago, Arenado paced the Senior Circuit in both categories, with 42 homers and 130 RBIs.

Arenado's towering grand slam

Felix Hernandez allowed just two hits and three walks in seven scoreless innings, and although he departed with a 1-0 lead, he received a no-decision in a 12-inning Mariners victory. In his career, Hernandez owns a 2.65 ERA in 96 no-decisions. Since 1920, among starters with at least 75 career no-decisions, that ERA ranks as the lowest among the 242 hurlers. The four lowest, after King Felix's: Clayton Kershaw (2.73 in 77), Zack Greinke (2.93 in 100), Matt Cain (3.00 in 100) and Greg Maddux (3.14 in 159).

Felix's scoreless start

Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.