The Detroit Tigers sure got themselves a steal in December 0f 2009 when they landed two of their most important players. While it originally seemed like the trade was one that would leave Detroit out of the playoffs for the foreseeable future, getting rid of Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson has proved to be anything but.
In return for two All-Star caliber players, the Tigers got Max Scherzer, Daniel Schlereth, Phil Coke and Austin Jackson. Coke may not be living up to expectations and Schlereth is no longer with the team after struggling for a couple seasons, but Scherzer and Jackson have been on the major league squad ever since, producing and making the Tigers a winning franchise.
Detroit knew they were getting a budding center fielder in Jackson that could one day turn into an All-Star, but it was Scherzer that they were a bit more weary about. They knew that Scherzer was a strikeout specialist, but sometimes that means many home runs allowed and a high ERA.
However, such has not been the case with the 28-year-old star. After an extremely solid 3.50 ERA and 184 strikeouts in his first season with the team in 2010, Detroit fans grew to love the guy with multicolored eyes.
He suffered a bit of a setback in 2011 and the first half of 2012, watching his ERA consistently stand above the 4.00 mark. Then, with the help of his family and motivation from the loss of his younger brother, Scherzer began to settle down and get back to the basics after trying to overthrow everything. Dropping his ERA in 2012 to an overall 3.74 mark was nearly a miracle seeing as he could not pitch consistently in the first half of the season.
Strikeouts have still been his thing as he has also become the Tigers’ best pitcher in the 2013 season because of a struggling Justin Verlander. Scherzer is on pace to rack up over 250 strikeouts this season and with the dominance he has had thus far, that shouldn’t be an issue.
Oh, and did I mention the guy is 10-0?
Everything he’s done this season has worked and with a 3.08 ERA and the first 10-0 start for a Tigers’ pitcher since 1909, Scherzer has become a household name. I don’t expect that to change any time soon.