Max Scherzer Looks for First 11-0 Start By A Detroit Tigers Pitcher Since 1909

By David Fouty
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Max Scherzer will have his work cut out for him Saturday as he goes for the first 11-0 start for the Detroit Tigers since George Mullin did it in 1909.

He is going to have to do it against the highest-scoring team in all of baseball. The Boston Red Sox lead the majors in total runs scored and OPS.

The Red Sox offense clicked on all cylinders Friday, racking up 17 hits and 10 runs, but Scherzer is no stranger to shutting down hot teams. He held the Baltimore Orioles to just one run in his last start and tamed a Kansas City Royals team who had won six straight games in the start before that.

Scherzer is going to need to figure out a way to get around David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who have combined to go 11-for-20 against him with three home runs. Shane Victorino also has seven hits in his last four games for the Red Sox, including a 4-for-5 performance Friday against another right-hander in Doug Fister.

Scherzer’s 116 strikeouts trails only Yu Darvish in all of baseball. The key to his ability to get swing-and-miss strikeouts has been his improved change up, which has had exceptional bite as of late. He keeps the ball down in the zone which has allowed him to keep it in ballpark. He has also been able to locate his fastball around hitter’s knees all season, which has made it difficult for them to knock the ball around the park.

Allen Webster will get the start for the Red Sox. He hasn’t pitched in MLB since May 7, when he allowed eight earned runs in 1.2 innings against the Minnesota Twins.

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