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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
Contract: view contract details

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Max Scherzer will not start on short rest if there's a Game 4 of the ALDS versus the Orioles.

Rick Porcello has struggled down the stretch, but the Tigers will still give him the ball in Game 4 if there is one. Manager Brad Ausmus wouldn't rule out Scherzer possibly making an appearance in relief, but if that doesn't happen he'll next pitch in Game 5 on Wednesday if the series goes five games.
Oct 5 - 11:53 AM

Max Scherzer was charged with five runs on seven hits and a walk over 7 1/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

Scherzer had really settled in to pitch well after surrendering three runs in the first two frames, but he yielded a solo shot to J.J. Hardy in the seventh and then was pulled after a double with one out in the eighth. That run came around to score and then the Tigers bullpen imploded, letting the O's bat around. Scherzer will likely pitch Game 5 if the series gets there.
Oct 2 - 9:44 PM

Max Scherzer will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Orioles on Thursday.

Scherzer, who went 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA during the regular season, will be opposed by Chris Tillman. Justin Verlander will start Game 2 for the Tigers while David Price will go in Game 3. Rick Porcello would start a potential Game 4.
Sep 30 - 12:50 PM

Max Scherzer won his 18th game in his final start of the regular season, allowing two runs over six innings as the Tigers defeated the Twins on Thursday.

Scherzer walked four, allowed five hits, and struck out nine. He ends the 2014 regular season with slightly worse numbers than he posted last season, when he won the AL Cy Young Award, but it's still a strong season nonetheless. Scherzer heads into the post-season at 18-5 with a 3.19 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and a 252/63 K/BB ratio.
Sep 25 - 10:12 PM

Max Scherzer picked up his 17th victory of the season on Saturday, limiting the Royals to one run on seven hits over seven strong innings of work.

Scherzer punched out six on the afternoon while issuing only one free pass. The only damage against him came on an RBI single off the bat of Alcides Escobar in the fifth inning. Now 17-7 on the year, he will head into Thursday’s matchup against the Twins with a 3.19 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 243/59 K/BB ratio.
Sep 20 - 4:42 PM

Max Scherzer improved to 16-5, allowing only one run over 6 2/3 innings in Tuesday's win against the Royals.

Scherzer, who led the league with 21 wins last year, can only finish with as many as 19 wins before the regular season runs out this time around. In his effort against the Royals, which helped the Tigers move into a tie for first place in the AL Central, he scattered seven hits and four walks while striking out six. Scherzer will take a 3.19 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 232/57 K/BB ratio into a start in Minnesota against the Twins on Monday in his next outing.
Sep 9 - 11:28 PM

Max Scherzer was given a no-decision, allowing three runs (two earned) in six innings as the Tigers defeated the Indians 11-4 in 11 innings on Thursday.

Scherzer has been more human as of late, posting a 5.11 ERA over his last four starts. The right-hander gave up four hits and three walks while striking out six batters on Thursday. He'll take a 3.25 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 226/53 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's start at home against the Royals.
Sep 4 - 11:55 PM

Max Scherzer struggled in Saturday's loss to the White Sox, surrendering six runs (five earned) on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Scherzer did manage to save some fantasy value from his outing with 11 strikeouts, and didn't walk a batter on the afternoon. Most of the damage came in a four-run uprising in the third inning, capped off on a two-run blast from Adam Dunn. Scherzer will carry a 3.26 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 220/50 K/BB ratio into Thursday's matchup against the Indians in Cleveland.
Aug 30 - 4:24 PM

Max Scherzer allowed three runs over five innings in a win over the Twins on Sunday.

Scherzer wasn't at his best, allowing seven hits and a walk, but he didn't need to be to earn his 15th win. It's the fourth straight season Scherzer has won at least 15 games. The right-hander has a 3.13 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 209/50 K/BB ratio over 181 innings this season. Scherzer will take on the White Sox on Saturday.
Aug 24 - 7:54 PM

Max Scherzer recovered from a three-run first to hold the Rays to four runs in seven innings on Tuesday.

It was briefly five runs, but Vince Belnome's first major league homer was overturned on replay. Scherzer finished the night with nine strikeouts, pushing him over 200 for the third straight year. He's at 205 right now, and he's well on his way to eclipsing last year's total of 240.
Aug 20 - 12:08 AM

Max Scherzer blanked the Pirates for eight innings, striking out 14, to earn his 14th win Thursday.

Scherzer struck out 14 for the third time in his career, falling one K short of his career high of 15, also against the Pirates, on May 20, 2012. He was also the fifth pitcher to strike out at least 14 in a game this season. Interestingly, he came back out for the eighth at 108 pitches in this one. A week ago, there was much controversy after he was taken out after 106 pitches in a 2-1 game going to the ninth. Joe Nathan blew the lead in that one, and the Tigers lost in extra innings. Scherzer ended up at 121 pitches today, the first time this year and seventh time ever that he's hit the 120 mark. The Tigers turned a 2-0 lead into a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth and won 5-2 after Phil Coke gave up a homer in the ninth.
Aug 14 - 4:36 PM

Max Scherzer was in dominant form against the Blue Jays on Saturday, allowing just one run on four hits over eight innings of work.

He punched out 11 on the afternoon without issuing a walk. Unfortunately, Joe Nathan was unable to protect his lead in the ninth inning and Scherzer came away with a no-decision. Still 13-4 on the year, he'll carry a 3.13 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 182/44 K/BB ratio into Thursday's start against the Pirates.
Aug 9 - 4:17 PM

Max Scherzer improved to 13-3, holding the White Sox to one run over seven innings as the Tigers enjoyed an easy 7-2 win on Wednesday.

Scherzer appears to have found some consistency. Now in his last seven starts, the impending free agent has a 2.08 ERA over 47 2/3 innings. On Wednesday, he limited the White Sox to five hits and a walk while striking out six. As a result, he lowered his overall ERA to 3.27. He has a 1.17 WHIP and a 167/41 K/BB ratio to go along with it. Scherzer will toe the rubber at Yankee Stadium on Monday.
Jul 30 - 10:37 PM

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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C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Hernan Perez
3Andrew Romine
4Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
2Andy Dirks
CF1Rajai Davis
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Torii Hunter
2Don Kelly
3Tyler Collins
4Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Max Scherzer
2David Price
3Justin Verlander
4Rick Porcello
5Kyle Lobstein
6Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Blaine Hardy
7Pat McCoy
8Jim Johnson
9Evan Reed
10Robbie Ray
11Kyle Ryan
12Buck Farmer
13Anibal Sanchez
14Luke Putkonen