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Max Scherzer becomes first starter to go 11-0 since Roger Clemens in 1997

Jun 22, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

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Max Scherzer tossed seven solid innings of baseball as the Tigers routed the Red Sox 10-3. Scherzer held the Sox to two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out six, improving his record to 11-0. Per ESPN Stats & Info, he became the first starter to start 11-0 since Roger Clemens in 1997 with the Blue Jays. Additionally, Scherzer is the first Tigers starter to begin the season 11-0 since George Mullin in 1909.

After years of inconsistency where he showed flashes of ace-like potential, Scherzer has finally put it together in 2013. He has the second best strikeout rate among all Major League starters at 31 percent, behind Yu Darvish at 34 percent. He has only walked 6.5 percent of batters faced, giving him the 11th-best strikeout-to-walk ratio. The AL Cy Young field is crowded with contestants at the moment, what with teammate Anibal Sanchez, division rival Chris Sale, along with Clay Buchholz, Felix Hernandez, and Yu Darvish, among others. Scherzer belongs  in the conversation and could very well go home with some hardware after the season.

  1. historiophiliac - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    His Heterochromianess gets overlooked and that’s just fine. I love it that he flies under the radar. Rowr, baby! Congrats, Max. <3 Rock that Tigers awesomeness.

  2. mudhead123 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    That is the worst comment I have ever read… Wow

  3. delusionalcardsfan - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Fukk Heath Bell.

  4. cocheese000 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    You mean Clemens the cheater right?

    • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2013 at 5:04 AM

      Thanks for this helpful reminder–I had completely forgotten that Clemens is alleged to have taken steroids! And without that key piece of information, I had trouble making sense of this post.

      • cocheese000 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        You must be from Texas.

  5. baseballisboring - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    I’m scared he’s gonna end up with a crazy W/L record and he’s gonna win the award while being the 4th or 5th best pitcher…I hope that doesn’t happen and then turn into a Trout VS Cabrera type of thing…

    • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:59 AM

      The season is young. Don’t start worrying about that already!

      Scherzer’s may not be leading in ERA, but his WHIP and strikeout rate are elite. He could easily end up as a deserving Cy Young winner.

      • vapor54 - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:17 AM

        keep beating the Bosox. My O’s need the help.

  6. frankkool57 - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    11 – 0, doesn’t matter. He’ll never beat Denny McClain’s single season record!!

  7. Minoring In Baseball - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Congrats to Max. I hope he can keep it up in the second half. They need him as the ace right now, and the offense actually give him some run support.

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