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Max Scherzer | Starting Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
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Max Scherzer struck out 11 and allowed three runs over seven innings in Thursday's 6-4 victory over the Angels.
He walked one and gave up six hits. Los Angeles nickel-and-dimed three runs out of Scherzer in the fifth inning, but was otherwise baffled by his arsenal. They aren't alone, of course. The right-hander has been flat dealing since his 10-run meltdown against the Royals last month, allowing only 10 earned runs over six starts (he also won the All-Star Game with a scoreless inning during that stretch). Scherzer (12-3, 3.37 ERA) toes the rubber against the White Sox next week. Jul 25 - 1:34 AM

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Max Scherzer was nearly scratched from Saturday's start after his neck tightened up on him while he warmed up in the bullpen prior to the game.

He wound up allowing two runs on six hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings against the Indians. Scherzer expects to be fine for his next outing. "I've got five days to take care of this," said Scherzer, who described it as a neck spasm. "This is just a one-day thing. We've got great trainers and we'll have a program for what I'm going to do over the next five days to take care of it."
Jul 20 - 9:35 AM

Max Scherzer was credited with the victory in Tuesday's All-Star Game after striking out a pair in a scoreless inning.

After starting last year's All-Star Game, Scherzer picked up the win a year later. He just happened to enter the game at the right time, as his scoreless fifth inning started a string of seven straight scoreless appearances for AL relievers. Chris Sale, who was credited the win in last year's Midsummer Classic, was one of two AL pitchers to be scored upon.
Jul 15 - 11:58 PM

Max Scherzer struck out seven while tossing seven frames of one-run ball in Wednesday's 4-1 victory over the Dodgers.

He permitted just four hits and walked a pair. The only tally the Dodgers were able to get off of Scherzer was an unlikely one, as Miguel Rojas jumped on a high fastball in the fifth inning for his first career home run. Scherzer has been dynamite since his 10-run meltdown against the Royals last month, allowing just five runs over his last four starts. He finishes the first half with a 3.35 ERA with 146 strikeouts over 126 1/3 innings.
Jul 9 - 4:13 PM

Max Scherzer earned his 10th victory, holding the Rays to one run over eight innings as the Tigers skated to a win on Thursday.

The Tigers brought the lumber in support of the right-hander, giving him a 5-1 lead thanks to three first-inning home runs. Overall, he allowed just two hits, walked one, and struck out seven. Since allowing 10 runs to the Royals on June 17, Scherzer has been strong, allowing just four runs over 21 innings in his last three starts. On the season, Scherzer has a 3.47 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a 139/33 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Dodgers in a home start next week.
Jul 3 - 10:08 PM

Max Scherzer struck out 13 batters over seven innings Saturday in the Tigers' defeat of the Astros.

Houston plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning but Scherzer locked in soon after that and guided the Tigers to their 44th win in 77 games this season. Scherzer was left with a no-decision, however, because Detroit didn't grab the lead until the ninth inning. The right-hander will carry a 9-3 record, 3.64 ERA, and 1.25 WHIP into his next scheduled start at home against the Rays.
Jun 28 - 8:02 PM

Max Scherzer tossed six innings of one-run ball in the Tigers' rout of the Indians on Sunday.

Scherzer was staked to an early lead and cruised, scattering six hits -- two doubles and four singles -- while striking out eight Cleveland hitters. He is 9-3 with a 3.71 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 119/31 K/BB ratio in 104 1/3 innings this season. Scherzer will get the Astros in Houston next time out and should dominate.
Jun 22 - 4:57 PM

Max Scherzer was hit early and often in Tuesday's loss to the Royals, allowing 10 runs on 10 hits in four innings of work.

The right-hander allowed two home runs in a seven-run second inning en route to the most runs Scherzer has allowed in a start in his career. The loss dropped him to 8-3, and his ERA rose from 3.05 to 3.84 in the start. Still, it was nothing more than a speed bump for the 29-year-old. Look for him to rebound at the Indians on Sunday.
Jun 17 - 10:49 PM

Max Scherzer tossed the first shutout of his career in Thursday's win over the White Sox.

Scherzer was completely dominant, ending a run of four consecutive mediocre starts. The right-hander held the White Sox to just three hits while walking three and striking out eight. In his walk year, Scherzer has a 3.06 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and a 106/28 K/BB ratio in 94 1/3 innings. He'll face the Royals at home in his next start.
Jun 12 - 11:03 PM

Max Scherzer won Saturday despite giving up four runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Red Sox.

The Scherzer-Jon Lester matchup wasn't nearly as good as expected, as Lester gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings. The two starters allowed 23 hits between them. Scherzer, though, was able to survive, mostly due to his nine strikeouts. It was his first win in four starts since the last time he faced Boston (he outdueled Lester in a 1-0 game on May 16).
Jun 8 - 12:22 AM

Max Scherzer's struggles continued in Sunday's loss to the Mariners, surrendering four runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.

Scherzer was able to rack up seven strikeouts on the afternoon without issuing a walk. Now 6-2 on the season, he'll carry a 3.20 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 89/24 K/BB ratio into Saturday's matchup against the Red Sox.
Jun 1 - 7:07 PM

Max Scherzer struggled in his second consecutive start on Tuesday, allowing five runs on eight hits over six innings against the A's.

Scherzer was coming off his worst outing of the year after giving up seven runs on 12 hits in Wednesday's loss to the Indians. He struck out four Athletics and walked two tonight. The pair of down outings has caused his ERA to shoot from 1.83 all the way to 3.00. Scherzer takes the show on the road hoping to turn things around with a Sunday matinee in Seattle.
May 28 - 1:37 AM

Max Scherzer was lit up for seven runs on 12 hits and two walks over seven innings but escaped with a no-decision in Wednesday’s loss to the Indians.

Scherzer yielded seven runs and nine hits over the first three frames, but he managed to fight through the next four innings and was actually in line for a win before the Indians tied things up in the ninth. His defense did lose a couple pop-ups (one due to the sun, the other due to miscommunication), but there’s no doubting this was a rare ugly showing for Scherzer, who entered the game having allowed three runs over his previous four starts. He’ll try to bounce back next week with starts against the A’s and Mariners.
May 21 - 5:37 PM

Max Scherzer hurled six shutout innings against the Red Sox on Friday, scattering three hits and four walks to earn his sixth win of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young winner racked up seven strikeouts in the ballgame. He continues to build his pending free agent value, beginning the season 6-1 with an outstanding 1.83 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 73/20 K/BB ratio over his first 59 innings. He’ll look to keep things rolling when he takes on the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday.
May 16 - 11:26 PM

Max Scherzer picked up his fifth victory of the season on Saturday, allowing three runs on five hits over six innings against the Twins.

Scherzer walked four and punched out six on the afternoon, the first time this season that he’s failed to strike out at least seven hitters. All of the damage against him came on one swing of Brian Dozier’s bat in the third inning. Now 5-1 on the year, he’ll look to improve upon his already stellar 2.04 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 66/16 K/BB ratio when he takes on the Red Sox in Boston on Friday.
May 10 - 4:03 PM

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C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Andrew Romine
3Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Andy Dirks
2Rajai Davis
3J.D. Martinez
CF1Austin Jackson
2Don Kelly
RF1Torii Hunter
2J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
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S1Justin Verlander
2Max Scherzer
3Anibal Sanchez
4Rick Porcello
5Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Joel Hanrahan
5Ian Krol
6Al Alburquerque
7Phil Coke
8Blaine Hardy
9Patrick McCoy
10Luke Putkonen
11Bruce Rondon