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Max Scherzer outduels Matt Harvey in 3-0 game

Aug 24, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

Max Scherzer Reuters

It was the best pitching matchup of the season that a big chunk of the U.S. was unable to watch.

Max Scherzer struck out 11 over six innings and combined with three relievers on a shutout as the Tigers beat the Mets 3-0 on Saturday.

Matt Harvey took the loss after giving up two runs in 6 2/3 innings. Oddly enough, he surrendered 13 hits. That’s three more than he had ever allowed previously. He entered the day with a .199 batting average-against this season. The Tigers, though, hit .406 against him.

Perhaps most interesting, Harvey allowed hits to the last four hitters he faced, without ever giving up a run. All four hits were singles, and Omar Infante was thrown out at home on the third of them. After the fourth, Scott Rice replaced him and got Torii Hunter to hit into an inning-ending groundout.

Scherzer’s win moved him to 19-1 on the season. He has a realistic chance of finishing with the best winning percentage ever, minimum 20 decisions:

.950 – Max Scherzer – 2013 Tigers (19-1)
.905 – Greg Maddux – 1995 Braves (19-2)
.900 – Randy Johnson – 1995 Mariners (18-2)
.893 – Ron Guidry – 1978 Yankees (25-3)
.886 – Lefty Grove – 1931 Athletics (31-4)
.880 – Cliff Lee – 2008 Indians (22-3)
.880 – Preacher Roe – 1951 Dodgers (22-3)

With 33 games left in the Tigers’ season, Scherzer probably has six starts remaining. If he can avoid losing more than one of them and he can win at least one more game, then he’ll top Maddux’s .905 winning percentage from 1995.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 24, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Teams have taken the approach of trying to drive Harvey’s pitch count up. The Tigers were just looking for fastballs and letting it rip.

    Scherzer was great, even helping his own cause.

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  2. aceshigh11 - Aug 24, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Scherzer is a madman.

  3. chill1184 - Aug 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Only positive of that game was that Harvey only allowed two runs to the best team in the AL

  4. jimeejohnson - Aug 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Cy Young here he comes.

  5. historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    It is 10pm ET (9pm CT) and I still can’t watch the game on MLB.tv. Screw you and your stupid blackouts, MLB! It wasn’t even the Fox game in my market anyway! Jackasses.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      9:40 my time, I can finally get the freaking game. Do I have to stay up til 1am to watch the end? Ugh. That’s more than 3 hours since the game ended, for the record.

  6. ashtongronholz8 - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Twins fan. Hope he can keep it up. Very impressive!

  7. barkleyblows - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Another Cy Young Award and possibly another MVP award to a Detroit Tiger…. But they never seem to win the big one. Why?

    • sedettiger - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      They’ve only had 3 playoff appearances in the last 7 years. Let’s not turn them into the Buffalo Bills just yet.

  8. sandrafluke2012 - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Tigers best pitching seasons of all time:
    1. Verlander
    2. Mcclain
    3. Scherzer

  9. bbk1000 - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Dear Santa,

    All I want for Christmas is some support. I’ll take anything.

    Thanks,
    Matt Harvey

  10. hushbrother - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Yes, pitcher wins and losses are largely useless, but lopsided won-lost records like that are kinda cool.

    • abaird2012 - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Yes, we all know that we’re not supposed to pay attention to pitcher wins any more, but if you’re 19-1, chances are you’re doing something right.

  11. michiganhockey11 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    No mention of his RBI double in the gap and after the game admitting he completely missed the “bunt” sign they gave him?

    I’d be willing for him to tank his last start if it meant we won the world series though.

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