Max Scherzer becomes first Tigers pitcher to start 12-0
So this Max Scherzer character? Yeah, he’s pretty good. On Friday night, Scherzer took down the Tampa Bay Rays to win his 12th game of the young MLB season, making him the first Tigers pitcher to start the season 12-0.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Scherzer is the first pitcher to start 12-0 since Roger Clemens started 14-0 in 1986. Scherzer has 3.10 ERA this season, so his offense has helped him out immensely, which Scherzer has taken note of.
“The reason I’m 12-0 is because of my offense,” Scherzer said. “You got to see firsthand today the best player in the game hitting two homers and going 4-for-4. Prince hits a bomb. The offense stepped up today.
“My personal record is more of a reflection on the team. I don’t get up caught in the win-loss record because it’s kind of fluky. Yesterday, Doug (Fister) goes seven innings, allows one run and gets a no-decision. Today, I go seven innings and three runs and get a win. So that’s why it’s a fluky stat.”
Talk about a humble guy,
The offense is a huge reason why he is 12-0, but SBNation notes that Scherzer has a 31 percent strike out percentage good for second in the league behind the Ranger’s Yu Darvish and his 10.6 K/9 trails only Darvish and his teammate Anibal Sanchez among qualified starters.
Scherzer goes for 13-0 on July 3 against the Toronto Blue Jays.