The game plan that helped Scherzer two-hit the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALCS is not the one he will take into Game 6.
When facing the Detroit Tigers, hitters get the joy of facing an All-Star Game starter and likely Cy Young winner; a former MVP and Cy Young winner; and an ERA champion.
On a pitching rotation that includes All-Star Game starter Max Scherzer, ERA champion Anibal Sanchez and 2011 Cy Young and MVP winner Justin Verlander, one can easily be overlooked.
Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer held the Boston Red Sox hitless for 5 2-3 innings in Game 2 of the AL championship series on Sunday night.
If the Tigers do shop Scherzer, many teams would likely be interested, even though an acquiring team would face the same trouble locking him up long-term that the Tigers do.
After this year, it seems like the height of insanity for the Tigers to trade Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer helped the Detroit Tigers stave off elimination with two gutsy innings of relief, but soon he might be on the trade block.
“You don’t pretend,” Verlander said. “It’s not just another game. The season is on the line. It was on the line for us tonight, too. This whole season, the way we battled and played as a team, comes down to one game.”
If Max Scherzer had not locked up every vote for the American League Cy Young already, he probably converted any remaining doubters with his gutsy performance as a reliever Tuesday.
“If you’re not going to start the game, don’t pitch him. It’s riskier to pitch him on short rest than to send out Fister on full rest,” Valenti said on his radio show Tuesday.