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Max Scherzer beats Blue Jays to move to 13-0

Jul 3, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

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Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer won his sixth straight start and improved to 13-0 on the season after allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Scherzer is the first pitcher to start 13-0 since Roger Clemens opened up 14-0 for the Red Sox on his way to a Cy Young and MVP season in 1986.

The game included a benches-clearing incident after Torii Hunter took a Todd Redmond fastball off his shoulder in the sixth. The Tigers were already upset with the Blue Jays after Colby Rasmus knocked Omar Infante out of the game with an overly aggressive takeout slide in the fourth. No punches were thrown and no one was ejected.

Scherzer’s 13-0 start is tied for the fifth best since 1916. Rube Marquard’s 19-0 start in 1912 is believed to the best ever. Pirates reliever Roy Face started 17-0 before finishing 18-1 in 1950. For a starter, the best season-opening streak in the last 100 years is 15-0 by Johnny Allen in 1937 and Dave McNally in 1969.

  1. xavier46 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    That big winning streak is certainly a distant memory as the Jays are 10GB. Johnson just continues to get tagged every start, even though there were a surplus of defensive issues. With the Jays all but out of it, you would think they will be sellers at the deadline. We’ll see what the “genius” of AA can whip up!

  2. tigersfandan - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    This is really starting to get interesting! How long can Max go?

    • xavier46 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      25 wins doesn’t seem out of the question!

      • tigersfandan - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        I’d have to agree. Believe it or not, I seem to recall Tim McCarver saying something (before all of this) about how Scherzer could be a Cy Young Award winner.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:02 AM

        Perhaps, but awesome first halves are really hard to sustain through the arguably tougher second half, what with toastier/steamier temperatures the next 2 months. I wish him luck though. A bit sad that long gone are the days when such a start would have folks talking about the chances of him winning 30. Just once when I was a kid (what great drama that was), and likely never again.

  3. beerjunkie - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    You’re all dreaming. He will crash and burn from 7/15 to 9/15.

  4. Minoring In Baseball - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    Congrats to Max, as he’s pitching well and the Tigers actually give him some run support. We’ll see how the rest of the season goes, but I believe he will still pitch well for them down the stretch. I hope Infante doesn’t miss too much time.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:01 AM

      Run support? Yep! The Jays committed 3 errors and gave up 5 unearned runs.

      Infante forgot to jump as the runner was trying to break up a potential double play. Second basemen are trained to get off the ground to avoid an injury.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        that’s because the jays cant pitch or field, how about josh Johnson with a big “1” win on july 4th? Are you kidding me? Can you say big time bust? Does this guy ever go past 5 innings? hahahahhahahha bye bye jays

      • aidanscawley - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        See I think he was talking about the Tigers scoring 8+ runs per start when he pitches, but ok, yeah, that must be what’s happening.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Your friend’s mom is a lap dancer?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Go back to your hole pc

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Is that your mom Harry?

  6. hieronymous27 - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Admittedly, there is still a long way to go and anything can happen in the second half of the season, but Scherzer could be a candidate for the A.L. MVP.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    hey check this out, not only are the jays terrible but their minor league teams don’t even know the rules! hahahahaha sorry jays fans, no help coming to you in the future either!!

    • Minoring In Baseball - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      Oh, yeah…The Lansing Lugnuts! I was tracking that game when it happened. Too funny!

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