The Detroit Tigers once again came out on top against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. The game wasn’t easy, however, as it seemed as if it would never end, lasting until the late hours of the night in a 14-inning affair.
Detroit improved its record to 9-5 and have won their fourth straight and fifth out of the last six games. Although the bats may have cooled off a bit, the team remained hot to beat out a pesky Mariner team.
If you want to talk about one of the better pitchers’ duels of the year so far, this has to be at the top of the list as just one run was scored by each team heading into the 14th inning. The Tigers then managed one run and topped the lifeless Mariners in the bottom-half of the 14th.
Max Scherzer had a tough task on Wednesday night: keep up with the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, Felix Hernandez. He did just what he was supposed to do and took a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning and shut the door on the Mariners, pitching eight innings of six-hit ball.
He has now recorded more than 10 strikeouts in two straight games. In fact, he has become one of the league’s best strikeout pitchers, averaging more than 11 strikeouts per nine innings all of last season and over 14 so far this year — impressive numbers to say the least.
The sixth-year veteran is on pace to accumulate 320 total strikeouts this year, 90 more than his previous career-high in 2012. If you look at the 28-year-old right-hander’s numbers, you can see the progression in each statistical category since 2011.
His first season in Detroit was not the best, but since then, he has realized he has All-Star caliber stuff and could go down as one of the best pitchers in the major leagues before it’s all said and done.