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Max Scherzer successful in fifth attempt to join the 20-win club

Sep 20, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

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Tigers starter Max Scherzer, at long last, has joined the 20-win club. In his fifth attempt at the feat, the right-hander held the White Sox to three runs on six hits and a walk in six innings of work. Scherzer only struck out three, but it was besides the point as the Tigers supplied him with plenty of offense in a 12-5 victory.

Outfielder Torii Hunter went 4-for-5 with three runs batted in, while designated hitter Victor Martinez supplied a two-run home run in the fifth inning. White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod wasn’t able to escape the third inning.

Scherzer, now 20-3 with a 3.00 ERA, will have to compete for the AL Cy Young award against teammate and AL ERA leader Anibal Sanchez, Bartolo Colon, Hisashi Iwakuma, Yu Darvish, and Felix Hernandez.

  1. historiophiliac - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    You forgot to mention his heterochromial advantage.

    Yea, Max! Good game, guys. 3 more!

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Great season but not like that one Clemens had back in “01 I think it was, he was something like 20-1!!! but then again there aint nobody like the “great one”

    • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      Actually, Clemens went 20-3 that year. So it sort of was like that.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        But Dan, Clemens had an ERA of 3.51, which is way better than Scherzer’s 3.00. Oh, wait, you mean smaller is better with those?

  3. Reflex - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    More importantly, Scherzer has had a great season.

    For the Cy though, I’m going with Anibal or Yu, both were absolutely dominant. Hisashi would be only a little behind those two.

    • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Anibal has been great, but he has pitched about 40 fewer innings than Hisashi. I would pick Hisashi or Darvish.

      Chris Sale won’t get any support due to his losing record, but he is actually leading the league in WAR.

      • Reflex - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        I hadn’t noticed the innings difference, so I’d agree with you about him trailing. Given that, Yu is probably my pick. Sale is right up there as well though.

  4. moogro - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    He finally had tWtW.

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