Another gem, this time from Scherzer.
Tigers 5, Orioles 1
We’re at the point, where it is hardly news now when a Tigers starting pitcher throws a brilliant game. It was Max Scherzer (10-0, 96.1 IP, 3.08 ERA, 2.51 FIP, 3.1 WAR) who did it tonight, delivering a 6 inning, 1 R, 2 BB, and 10 K line with the only blemish being a homerun to Chris Davis. The Tigers rotation is on pace to be the best rotation in MLB history and Scherzer is now the 2nd best pitcher in the AL by WAR, trailing only King Felix, who has made an additional start. The Tigers offense came from a 2 run bomb from Cabrera in the 1st, a Jackson single in the 2nd, a Martinez sac fly in the 5th, and a Peralta single in the next at bat. Leyland even brought Smyly in at the right time to get 9 outs! But the moment of the night, no doubt, was Scherzer striking out Davis with the bases loaded to end the 5th inning. Here’s how he got him, with exceptional control and terrific velocity:
I mean, what do you do against a guy who can offer this mix:
The win finally pushes the Tigers 10 games over .500 to 39-29 as they send Justin Verlander (8-4, 87 IP, 3.41 ERA, 2.49 FIP, 3.0 WAR) to the hill tomorrow looking to take the series.
The Moment: Scherzer gets Davis to strikeout with the bases loaded to end the 5th.