Probably good for the balance of the universe, but not how you want to see it happen.
Rangers 7, Tigers 1
The tag line above refers to the fact that Max Scherzer (13-1, 129.2 IP, 3.19 ERA, 2.69 FIP, 4.0 WAR) was handed his first loss at the hands of baseball’s best pitcher who somehow wasn’t given an All-Star nod, Derek Holland. Scherzer wasn’t at his best, allowing 4 runs across 6 innings while striking out 6. Most of Max’s trouble came in a 3 run 4th, but given how well Max has pitched, one can’t really be upset. Max gave the Tigers a 4.0 WAR first half. The offense couldn’t do much against Mr. Holland and the Tigers only run was driven in by Hernan Perez, so that pretty much tells you everything you need to know. The Tigers will have chance to take the series Sunday in the final game before the break with Justin Verlander (9-6, 119 IP, 3.71 ERA, 3.22 FIP, 2.9 WAR) taking the hill.
The Moment: Perez drives in his first MLB run.