Max Scherzer has been incredible for the Detroit Tigers this season. After a rough month of April, the rising star saw his ERA balloon to a little over four and it looked like he was still in the process of growing into what the Tigers hoped he would be.
Then, May came and the five-year veteran turned things around a bit. He dropped his ERA considerably to 3.42 overall and started showing flashes of brilliance.
Scherzer then saw his best month bloom in the month of June.
In June, Scherzer has a 1.93 ERA and is now down to a stellar 3.03 mark through three starts this month. While his ERA has been well-documented, it’s his wins and strikeouts that should garner the attention. Ranking first in the MLB in wins and second in strikeouts, this guy should be considered, if not recommended, for the All-Star Game in July.
His most recent start against the Baltimore Orioles was on par with the rest of his starts for the better part of a month. Striking out 10 batters, he gave up just one run and received his 10th win.
The Tigers have seen their lead in the American League Central grow in the past month or so, and the starting pitching has been a huge part of it. With 21 of their last 23 games resulting in a quality start from starting pitchers, Detroit is in good hands with their rotation. They lead the league in quality starts with 47, rank sixth in the league in ERA at 3.51 and are second in the league in batting average against – I think it’s safe to say that this team is good.
Rick Porcello is the owner of the lowest ERA on the starting staff with a still-impressive 4.37 mark.
Back to the real story. Scherzer is 10-0 and it’s not just that he’s the only player in the league with that record, but it’s the way he’s done it. He has not given up more than three runs in a start since May 15 and could be a Cy Young contender by season’s end.
Let’s face the facts: Max Scherzer is dominant. He is All-Star-worthy. He is 10-0. Give him another month or two of solid pitching and he could end up breaking records.