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Thursday, July 4, 2013

New Ace in Detroit?

Wild on Sports
New Ace in Detroit?
By Wild on Sports Analyst Jason Gillson

If I told you before the season started that a Detroit Tiger's pitcher would start the season the reaction for 99% of you out there would be something a long the lines of "man that Justin Verlander is good." Well, I won't debates you there -- Verlander is one of the great pitchers of this generation but standing here on lovely 4th of July he checks in at a mere 8-5. Not too shabby when you pair it with a 3.77ERA and a little bad luck in the field behind him, but nowhere near the performance of another Tigers starter.

Ok, I know the suspense is killing you...

Max Scherzer is 13-0.  Just let that sink in a little bit.

For the first time in 27 years there is a 13-0 pitcher in Major League Baseball.  The last to do it? Some guy named Roger Clemens back in 1986. Yawn.

In all seriousness, Scherzer is not getting nearly enough credit for the incredible start he is getting. Sure his 3.09 ERA is just 10th in the league but his team is winning games. In a season where the nearly unquestioned ace of the Tiger's staff has been anything but his usual automatic self, Scherzer has stepped to the plate (no pun intended) to really carry this Tiger's team on his back. Without him Detroit very likely would be looking up at the Indians from a bit more than a 1/2 game deficit.

To give you some prospective...

Best Undefeated Start to a Season
By SP in Live Ball Era (Since 1920)
Pitcher Start Season
Dave McNally 15-0 1969
Johnny Allen 15-0 1937
Roger Clemens* 14-0 1986
Max Scherzer 13-0 2013
Ron Guidry* 13-0 1978
*- Won Cy Young that season
--ESPN Stats & Information

Some pretty impressive company on that list. He is almost a lock at this point to get the starting nod for the AL in the All-Star game. Cy Young? As that list shows us, lets not get too far ahead of ourselves just yet, but if you are awarding a 1st half pitching MVP Scherzer is your man and the Tigers #1 man as well.


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