The long and prestigious history of Cy-Young Award winners need to get ready to accept Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer into their ranks. Scherzer has taken a huge step forward this year to the point that it hasn’t even mattered to the Tigers that Justin Verlander has had an off season. To be fair an off season for Verlander would still be good for most. When it comes time to announce the winner of the American League’s version of MLB’s most honored pitching award, they should just calmly say Scherzer has it because he does.
We aren’t even at the end of August yet and Scherzer has a record of 18 – 1. The 1 is almost as impressive as the 18 but together they are an unbeatable combination. Couple the record with his 2.82 ERA, 185 strikeouts and 172.1 innings pitched and you have your runaway winner of the Cy-Young in the American League. I honestly don’t think anyone else could even claim to be that close.
For the Tigers, thanks to the overwhelming success of Verlander for so many years, it is beginning to be a way of life to have great pitchers around each year. But then again that is what happens when a team successfully builds a winner. They build their pitching staff and then make sure that there are always more pitchers developing and getting better. Verlander will be back to form all season next year I feel sure. Even if he isn’t though, the new ace of this good staff might just be Scherzer for a while to come. I don’t want to call them Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine yet but give them a few more years and we’ll see.