The Detroit Tigers sent defending Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer to the mound Thursday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox. For any pitching enthusiasts that might be out there, Scherzer did not disappoint as he struck out 10 hitters over six innings and the Tigers went on to win 7-4.
In particular, any off-speed pitch enthusiasts would have enjoyed watching Scherzer’s change-ups.
Typically a change-up is not an ideal pitch against same-handed hitters, yet Scherzer’s had so much movement on this day that he continued to put it past right-handed hitters.
Many of Scherzer’s strikeouts came on his mid-90’s heat. Between those fastballs and change-ups like the ones shown above, Chicago’s hitters were uncomfortable all day against Scherzer, ultimately costing them a chance to win the game. Scherzer is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA through four starts on the season.