Max Scherzer is building his case for starting the All-Star game with every start he makes. Unfortunately, his schedule may not allow it.
There’s a good possibility he will pitch on the Saturday before the Summer Classic, so the decision may already be made for Jim Leyland before the game starts.
Scherzer improved to 13-0 as the Detroit Tigers took down the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2. He has now won his last six starts and has been about as consistent as it gets on the mound. He is the first pitcher to go 13-0 since Roger Clemens did it for the Boston Red Sox in 1986.
Scherzer allowed two runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings of work. He has a quality start in each start since May 15, and now has 13 quality starts in 17 tries.
Scherzer’s fastball has been the key to his success. Much like Justin Verlander, Scherzer has been able to increase his fastball velocity throughout the game. Lately, his heater has been clocking in around 94 mph in the first couple innings and climbs to around 98 mph by the end of the game. He has also been able to keep it down in the strike zone, which often limits the damage.
Scherzer has registered at least six strikeouts in every one of his starts this season. He leads the American League in the run support category, but that’s not to say he hasn’t put in solid work of his own.
Alex Avila did most of the heavy lifting offensively. The Tigers’ catcher hit an opposite field, three-run home run in the second inning in his second game since returning from the disabled list. Hit hitting approach seems much improved since he went to the minors to iron out some issues. His return should help the pitching staff as well. He knows hitters well and calls a solid game behind the plate.
Scherzer’s next start will be Monday against the Cleveland Indians.