14-0. That is the number Max Scherzer is trying to reach tonight to match something that hasn’t been done since Roger Clemens in 1986. Scherzer thought he had it five days ago when he threw a gem against the Cleveland Indians going eight innings and giving up just two runs, but the Detroit Tigers offense for really the first time this year didn’t bring much support, only giving him two runs and a no decision. The Tigers would end up winning that game, as they have with consistency when Scherzer pitches, he has been the giant weapon for the Tigers this year that is reminiscent of the weapon Justin Verlander was in his MVP run two years ago.
Tonight presents a tough challenge facing a Texas Rangers team that would like to snap out of a recent mini slump and using one of their best pitchers, Derek Holland, who is 7-4 with a 3.19 ERA. One thing Scherzer does have, is a lineup that is starting to heat back up.
The Tigers cranked out seven early runs last night in a cruising victory in Game 1 of the series. Huge for a team that needs to take at least two out of three, if not sweep the Rangers to make up for the embarrassing series loss at home to the Chicago White Sox.
The Indians are still hanging around just 2.5 games back and so it is crucial the Tigers ride Scherzer and Verlander, and get to the All-Star break with a bit of confidence. No Tigers fan wants Scherzer’s run to end, it has been something that has been incredible to watch and something all of baseball may not get to see for another 16 years. Let’s enjoy it while it lasts.