SP Max Scherzer didn’t look so hot in his previous start against the San Diego Padres, but today he pitched great in order to stifle a red-hot Los Angeles Angels team. After giving up four runs in only five innings of work to the Padres, Scherzer bounced back in a big way. The Angels came into this game as one of the hottest teams in baseball after recording 51 runs in their last seven games. However, they were no match for the AL Cy Young winner from a season ago.
Scherzer had complete control on the mound today, and when he has that kind kind of command with his pitches, opposing batters can forget about hitting the ball. Los Angeles might have players such as Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, who are some of the best you will ever see with a bat, but they were still no match for the Detroit Tigers‘ starting pitcher. Scherzer was in a zone and it didn’t matter who stepped into the batter’s box for the Angels.
Besides allowing a lead off home run to J.B. Shuck, he dominated on the mound. Scherzer pitched for seven innings, giving up three hits, one earned run, two walks and struck out nine batters in an impressive performance. The fact that he managed to allow only three hits and one run to a lineup such as the Angels’ is amazing. They had scored the most runs of anyone in MLB so far this season and also had the highest slugging percentage. Yet, what was even more shocking is that Scherzer completely shut down Trout.
Trout came into the game having a .338 batting average, with five home runs and 13 runs batted in on the year, but looked completely lost against the right-hander. Scherzer struck out the Angels’ star three times in a row, which is a remarkable feat. I don’t think there are many pitchers in the league who can say they struck out one of best hitters in baseball three times. However, I guess that’s why Scherzer is the reigning AL Cy Young winner in the first place, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he did it again in 2014.