Description: Tigers starter Max Scherzer allowed just two hits and one run in eight innings Tuesday against the Indians. He walked one and fanned seven to improve to 6-0.
Insight: Scherzer has been brilliant this season, posting a 75/13 K/BB in 62 1/3 innings, but he has had terrible luck with runners on base. Prior to his start Tuesday, he had allowed just a 16.2 percent line-drive rate with men on base but given up a BABIP of .389 in those situations. As a result, his strand rate is just 62.8 percent and his ERA 3.61, but his FIP is 2.34.
4/29/2013 10:02:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Max Scherzer allowed a first-inning solo homer but rebounded to strike out 10 batters over 7 1/3 innings in a 4-3 win over Minnesota Monday night.
Insight: Scherzer didn't walk a batter for the first time in five starts this season and now has a 46/7 K/BB in 31 1/3 innings.
4/18/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Detroit flame-thrower Max Scherzer tossed eight innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a victory over the Mariners.
Insight: Scherzer (1-0, 2.84 ERA) fanned 12 hitters in the game, giving him 30 for the season. That puts him in sole possession of first place in the American League and five behind Pittsburgh's A.J. Burnett for the most in the majors this season.
2/27/2013 2:35:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer has yet to pitch this spring, but will throw batting practice on Wednesday. Everyone says he's healthy, so there is no need for concern at this point in time.
Insight: Scherzer's 2012 campaign was arguably the best of his career and the team is being very careful with their No. 2 starter He finished last season with a career-high 16 victories and 231 strikeouts (second in the American League) in 187 2/3 innings.
2/4/2013 9:22:00 PM
Description: The Tigers and righthander Max Scherzer have reached an agreement on a one-year, $6.725 million contract.
Insight: By doing so, the two sides avoided arbitration. Scherzer's 2012 campaign was arguably the best of his career. He finished the year with a career-high 16 victories and 231 strikeouts (second in the American League) in 187 2/3 innings.
10/18/2012 8:03:00 PM
Description: Righthander Max Scherzer was dominant Thursday in Detroit's series clinching win over New York.
Insight: Scherzer let in just one run over 5 2/3 innings, walking two while striking out 10. His ERA this postseason is an outstanding 0.69.
10/11/2012 10:45:00 AM
Description: Tigers starter Max Scherzer allowed only three hits and one unearned run Wednesday in Game 4 of the ALDS.
Insight: Scherzer put his team in excellent position to win the series but things went haywire when the A's staged a three-run comeback in the ninth against closer Jose Valverde. Despite the heartbreaking loss, Detroit has to feel pretty good about its chances heading into Game 5. with 2011 American League MVP Justin Verlander set to pitch. Verlander is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA against Oakland in 2012.
10/3/2012 4:43:00 PM
Description: There's been a change of plans. After being ruled out for Wednesday's game because of an ankle injury, Tigers righthander Max Scherzer is feeling better and will make his scheduled start later tonight versus the Royals.
Insight: Scherzer (16-7, 3.82 ERA) injured himself celebrating the team's division title after Monday night's win. He projects to be either Detroit's No. 2 or 3 starter when the Tigers begin their first round series against Texas or Oakland later this week.
10/2/2012 6:07:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer will not start Wednesday's finale after suffering a minor ankle injury during the team's celebration Monday night.
Insight: Scherzer (16-7, 3.82 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) will be held out as a precaution. The right-hander has also been dealing with some shoulder fatigue but he should be able to make an ALDS start.
10/2/2012 3:14:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Monday and everything "went fine," according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News
Insight: Scherzer (16-7, 3.82 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) should be ready for a postseason start.
9/27/2012 1:50:00 PM
Description: Tigers righthander Max Scherzer won't make his scheduled start Friday versus the Twins because of shoulder fatigue.
Insight: Scherzer's diminshed velocity in his last start Sunday raised some red flags and now Detroit is opting to skip him this time through the rotation. Drew Smyly (4-3, 4.24 ERA) will take the mound in Scherzer's place.
9/23/2012 5:49:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Max Scherzer made his scheduled start Sunday after leaving his last start with shoulder fatigue. He shut out Minnesota over five innings but allowed three in the sixth without getting an out and had to take the loss.
Insight: Scherzer (16-7, 3.82 ERA) threw 86 pitches in the game. We'll have to see how his shoulder feels in the next few days.
9/22/2012 2:09:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Max Scherzer (shoulder) will start Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader with Minnesota, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
Insight: Scherzer (16-6, 3.78 ERA) left his last start after just two innings because of shoulder fatigue but an MRI ruled out structural damage. Rick Porcello will start Wednesday instead of taking Scherzer's spot Sunday.
9/19/2012 8:36:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Max Scherzer has not been ruled out for Sunday's start against Minnesota.
Insight: Scherzer (16-6, 3.78 ERA) left yesterday's start after just two innings because of shoulder fatigue. He leads the major leagues with 224 strikeouts on the season.
9/18/2012 11:04:00 PM
Description: According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Tigers starter Max Scherzer has no structural damage in his shoulder.
Insight: Scherzer came into Tuesday's start carrying an 8-1 record with a 2.61 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and a 99/22 K/BB ratio in 79 1/3 innings over 12 second-half starts, but he left after two innings due to shoulder fatigue. He'll be shut down for a few days before being re-evaluated.
9/18/2012 9:12:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Max Scherzer left his start Tuesday after two innings due to shoulder fatigue.
Insight: Scherzer came into Tuesday's start carrying an 8-1 record with a 2.61 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and a 99/22 K/BB ratio in 79 1/3 innings over 12 second-half starts.
8/21/2012 10:11:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Max Scherzer was brilliant again Tuesday against Toronto, firing seven innings of one-run ball (5 H, 2 BB, 8 K) to improve to 13-6.
Insight: On July 16, we endorsed Scherzer's potential to post top-15 starting pitcher numbers in the second half. Since then, the right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.98 ERA and a 61/17 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings.
8/15/2012 9:42:00 PM
Description: Detroit righthander Max Scherzer dominated the Twins Wednesday for his 12th win of the season. He gave up four hits and two walks over seven shutout innings.
Insight: With his 10 strikeouts, Scherzer (12-6, 4.41 ERA) was able to pass teammate Justin Verlander for the league lead in punchouts with 178. He'll likely exceed his career-high in strikeouts (184) in his next outing Tuesday against Toronto.
7/19/2012 6:18:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Max Scherzer is now 4-1 with a 2.80 ERA in his last seven starts after he shut down the Angels over seven innings Thursday.
Insight: Scherzer (9-5, 4.61 ERA) has been dominant at times this season, as evidenced by his 134 strikeouts in 109 1/3 innings, but he's been plagued by poor luck -- Scherzer came into Thursday's start with a league-worst .363 BABIP as well as a HR/FB of 11.3 percent. As we stated in a column last week, we think Scherzer will post top-15 SP numbers in the second half as his luck normalizes.
7/8/2012 3:55:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Max Scherzer fired his fifth straight quality start Sunday against Kansas City. The right-hander held the Royals to one run on five hits.
Insight: Scherzer (8-5, 4.72) struck out seven to finish the first half with 121 strikeouts in 97 1/3 innings. He had some terrible luck on balls in play and HR/FB rate in the first half, but now that more things are going his way, he's been able to lower his ERA from 5.88 to 4.76. Look for the flamethrower to have a strong second half.