Max Scherzer will take the mound tonight, and that has been a nice bit of relief for Detroit Tigers fans so far this year.
Scherzer will look to improve on his AL-best 12-0 record tonight as he and the Tigers take on the Toronto Blue Jays in a key swing game of the four-game set at Rogers Centre. Scherzer is already the only Tigers pitcher ever to start the season 12-0 and the first pitcher to start 12-0 since Roger Clemens did it all the way back in 1986.
Max is getting the best run support in the majors and will hope the Tigers can pick up where they left off last night, though they are facing a much steeper challenge tonight against Josh Johnson.
The Tigers are hoping to ride Scherzer and Verlander over the next two days and try and take three out of four on the road against a very tough Toronto team. While it won’t be easy, it will be a necessary step as the schedule will only continue to get tougher for the Tigers heading into a crucial four-game set on the road against the division-leading Cleveland Indians.
It will be key not to look ahead though and focus on tonight but when the Tigers have the probable starter in the All-Star Game pitching, they have to like their chances even with the troubles the Tigers have found themselves in recently.
It has been a charmed season for Scherzer turning it on when he didn’t get a lot of run support and getting big run support on nights where he may not have been as sharp. Hopefully Miguel Cabrera‘s back holds up tonight as he has been the one doing almost all of the heavy lifting for this team over the last month, and arguably for most of the season.
He has especially helped Scherzer, hitting some big home runs during his previous starts. It should be a fun one as both teams are trying to step up as contenders in the American League.