Incredible. Unbelievable. Unstoppable. Perfect. These are just a few of the many words used to describe Detroit Tigers‘ starter, Max Scherzer.
The 28-year-old stud has been literally flawless for the Tigers this season. With a record of 11-0, how can you not be impressed with the way this guy has begun the 2013 season? Nearly halfway through the season and he has yet to record a loss to his name? Unreal.
His record seemed to catch everyone by surprise. He was 7-0 with a 3.42 ERA just a month ago. Four wins and a 0.40 drop in ERA later, Mad Max has just begun his run at history.
Scherzer is the first pitcher in Tigers’ history to begin 11-0 and was the first since 1909 to start 10-0. The overall MLB record is a start of 15-0, which is not too far away. Slated to make his next start against the under-achieving Tampa Bay Rays, Scherzer will be facing off against a pitcher who has just two major league starts in his career, so the odds are in his favor.
While no win is a guarantee, the chances that he will start the season 12-0 are very good.
Ranking No. 2 in the majors with 122 strikeouts behind just Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers, Scherzer knows how to carve up batters with ease. He averages 10.63 strikeouts per nine innings this season, ranking third in the majors and sandwiched between two teammates. Anibal Sanchez at No. 2 and at No. 4 is Justin Verlander.
Earning a decision in 11 of his 15 starts is an impressive mark. Even more impressively, the Tigers are 12-3 when he pitches this season, making it a near-guaranteed victory when Scherzer takes the mound.
His 3.03 ERA is quite impressive, especially since he began the season a bit slow, posting an ERA of over four until May 4. He has yet to allow more than five earned runs in a game this season and has allowed more than three runs only four times. With 10 or more strikeouts in five games this season, he has been impressive in that regard. Also, racking up six or more strikeouts in each start this season is nothing short of incredible.
Max Scherzer has been dominant this season. He has been incredible. He has been a winner, and it’s only four more wins until he makes MLB history. Hats off, Max.