There was a great pitching duel on Saturday in what was a rematch of two pitchers from this year’s All-Star game. Detroit Tigers flame thrower Max Scherzer out pitched New York Mets starter Matt Harvey. Scherzer earned his 19th victory of the season, and this put him in select company.
He joined Rube Marquard in 1912 and Roger Clemens in 2001 as the only major league pitchers to win 19 of their first 20 decisions in a season. This is a very impressive streak Scherzer is on, and by the end of the season he could have the best winning percentage from a starting pitcher in one season.
The right-hander seems to be the favorite to win the Cy Young Award in the American League this season. This could be one season where a starter having the most wins leads to him earning the award. The people that vote on this award usually ignore wins and look at other stats like ERA and WHIP.
However it’s hard to ignore the special season that he is having, and also he has only lost one game this entire season. This is one thing that separates him from the rest of the competition. Also the Tigers believe they can win each time he’s on the mound, and it’s hard to ignore with the results.