The 2014 season started in spectacular fashion for the Detroit Tigers. Today, the reigning AL Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer looks to follow it up and continue his recent dominance against the Kansas City Royals, as he can ensure the Tigers’ first series win of 2014.
Over the last two seasons, Scherzer has practically owned the Royals, posting a 5-0 record to go along with a 2.86 ERA in seven starts. As a team, the Royals’ current roster is hitting .251 against the righty and has struck out 48 times against him. One player who has had some moderate success vs. Scherzer in his career is outfielder Alex Gordon, who is 11-for-28 (.393) with two home runs in his career against the reigning AL Cy Young winner.
While Scherzer has had success against the Royals in his career, it does not mean that he should take them lightly. This Royals team has improved throughout the last couple of seasons and features some young talent in their lineup. Catcher Salvador Perez, third baseman Mike Moustakas and first baseman Eric Hosmer are up-and-coming talents in the Royals’ organization, and could go off on any given day. Perez went 4-for-4 on Opening Day and looks to continue his hot start today against Scherzer.
While the Royals could surprise the Tigers today, fans should expect to see yet another dominating performance by Scherzer.