Tigers 2, Astros 0
Max Scherzer (7 GS, 47 IP, 1.72 ERA, 2.52 FIP, 1.5 fWAR) gave the Tigers a superb effort in this one, although, it probably shouldn’t totally count given that it was the Astros whom he was victimizing. He went 8 innings, allowed three hits, no walks, and punched out nine. He only ran into trouble in his final inning, but pitched out of it with relative ease. He couldn’t manage his first career complete game (172 starts and counting), but the Tigers pushed across a run in the 7th on a Rajai Davis single and another on a VMart bomb in the 9th. It was nice, clean game if you enjoy pitchers’ duels. The win, their sixth in a row, lifts the Tigers to 18-9 on the season and further establishes their rotation as one of the best of all time, ending the day with all-time best ERA- and FIP- marks. It’s only May 5th, but it’s still worth noting. Robbie Ray (MLB Debut) will join the party on Tuesday, making his debut, trying to do his best to make us forget Doug Fister.
The Moment: Scherzer, Avila, and Castellanos cap off the 8th with a strike-em-out-throw-em-out.