At the start of the season, if I told you that a certain Tiger’s pitcher was going to be in serious Cy Young contention, most people would have assumed that I was talking about Justin Verlander. While Scherzer was solid last year, particularly in the strikeout department, he’s never really brought his game up to an elite level. That is, until now.
Scherzer is an incredible 13-0 on the season, to go along with a 3.09 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and an impressive 3.2 WAR. In the last 100 years, only 3 pitchers have started the season 13-0 by July 4th. Scherzer is in elite company with that. His other stats are nearly as impressive, and you’re looking at a serious contender for the AL Cy Young award.
When Scherzer started the season 7-0, he was obviously happy, but understood that pitching is not all about Wins and Losses. “That’s the thing — 7-0′s a nice thing, but I don’t really hang my hat on that. If I was 0-7 and still pitching well, giving my team a chance to win, I’d still be proud of it. For me, it’s all about going out there and making sure I’m going deep into games, keeping their offense down. I’ve been doing that for the most part this year.” Scherzer understands what a lot of baseball analysts don’t- wins don’t matter as much as pitching well.
Boy, he’s pitched well this season. And leads baseball with 13 wins.