Max Scherzer lost the game, but fortunately for the Detroit Tigers, he won’t lose his next start.
No one expected Scherzer to go 13-0 this season and coming into Saturday’s MLB game, that’s exactly what his record was. Everyone knew he was eventually going to drop one so Saturday’s 7-2 loss to the Texas Rangers was hardly a stunner.
But Scherzer is pitching well enough for everyone to figure that he’ll come back with his usual number of starts for the rest of the season and should get well over 20 victories.
But he needs to stay healthy and injury free. That almost didn’t happen considering an incident in the second inning. He was hit on the left forearm by a liner back to the mound by Jurickson Profar. He was able to get his pitching hand out of the way. He then made the out. He was checked by the trainer in the dugout later in the inning and retired the side in the third.
Had the ball struck his hand, Scherzer’s season could have been in trouble, at least in the short term. He didn’t pitch well for the rest of the game, allowing three runs in the third and one in the fourth.
He gave up four earned runs and a season-high eight hits in six innings
But at least he can buckle down and make amends for his next start.
Scherzer has not been as sharp in his last few starts as he has all season, so a performance like Saturday’s was to be expected. What’s imperative is that he comes back sharper after the All-Star break. The Tigers can’t afford Scherzer to struggle too many times for the rest of the season.