|Jan. 17 1:22 PM PT2:22 PM MT3:22 PM CT4:22 PM ET16:22 ET21:22 GMT5:22 CST2:22 PM MST4:22 PM EST4:52 PM VEN1:22 UAE (+1)3:22 PM CT-AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers for $15,525,000, setting himself up for an even bigger payday when he becomes eligible for free agency after the season.
Analysis: Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts as the Tigers advanced to the AL championship series against Boston. He made $6,725,000 last year, and another stellar season could put him in position to gain a deal similar to those of teammate Justin Verlander ($180 million for seven years) and Seattle's Felix Hernandez ($175 million for seven) or even the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw ($215 million for seven).
|Nov. 13 3:32 PM PT4:32 PM MT5:32 PM CT6:32 PM ET18:32 ET23:32 GMT7:32 CST4:32 PM MST6:32 PM EST7:02 PM VEN3:32 UAE (+1)5:32 PM CT-Scherzer has easily won the AL Cy Young Award after leading the major leagues with 21 victories.
Analysis: Scherzer was the only 20-game winner in baseball. He ranked second in the majors with 240 strikeouts and was fifth in the AL with a 2.90 ERA. Scherzer drew 28 of the 30 first-place votes in results released Wednesday in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers was second, marking the highest finish by a Japanese-born pitcher in Cy Young voting. Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners was third.
|Aug. 30 3:21 PM PT4:21 PM MT5:21 PM CT6:21 PM ET18:21 ET22:21 GMT6:21 CST3:21 PM MST5:21 PM EST5:51 PM VEN2:21 UAE (+1)5:21 PM CT-Scherzer gave up a season-high six runs Thursday against Oakland but avoided the loss when Detroit rallied for a 7-6 win.
Analysis: Scherzer (19-1, 2.90 ERA) had allowed three runs or fewer in 17 of his previous 18 starts.
|Aug. 25 12:32 PM PT1:32 PM MT2:32 PM CT3:32 PM ET15:32 ET19:32 GMT3:32 CST12:32 PM MST2:32 PM EST3:02 PM VEN23:32 UAE2:32 PM CT-Scherzer outpitched Matt Harvey in their All-Star rematch, striking out 11 and hitting a stunning RBI double that sent the Detroit Tigers to a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday.
Analysis: Scherzer (19-1) joined Rube Marquard in 1912 and Roger Clemens in 2001 as the only major league pitchers to win 19 of their first 20 decisions in a season. He owns a 2.73 ERA and remarkable 0.91 WHIP on the season.
|Aug. 19 2:40 PM PT3:40 PM MT4:40 PM CT5:40 PM ET17:40 ET21:40 GMT5:40 CST2:40 PM MST4:40 PM EST5:10 PM VEN1:40 UAE (+1)4:40 PM CT-Scherzer became baseball's first 18-game winner this season as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Sunday to win the five-game series.
Analysis: Scherzer (18-1) gave up two runs on five hits over eight innings. Scherzer and Roger Clemens are the pitchers since 1919 to have 18 wins in their first 19 decisions as starters, STATS said. Clemens did it with the New York Yankees in 2001, when he finished 20-3.
|Aug. 14 10:20 AM PT11:20 AM MT12:20 PM CT1:20 PM ET13:20 ET17:20 GMT1:20 CST10:20 AM MST12:20 PM EST12:50 PM VEN21:20 UAE12:20 PM CT-Scherzer escaped defeat in Tuesday's 4-3, 11-inning loss to the ChiSox.
Analysis: Scherzer was in line for just his second loss of the season as he allowed three runs in six innings but a Tigers' rally saved him. He took a big step forward in the Cy Young race since Bartolo Colon was crushed by lowly Houston later in the night.
|Aug. 9 12:15 PM PT1:15 PM MT2:15 PM CT3:15 PM ET15:15 ET19:15 GMT3:15 CST12:15 PM MST2:15 PM EST2:45 PM VEN23:15 UAE2:15 PM CT-Scherzer became the first to win 17 games in 2013 on Thursday, giving up two runs and four hits over seven innings of a 10-3 win at Cleveland on Thursday.
Analysis: Scherzer has won four straight starts while posting a 1.26 ERA since surrendering four runs over six innings in his last loss, a 7-1 defeat to Texas on July 13.
|Aug. 4 11:25 AM PT12:25 PM MT1:25 PM CT2:25 PM ET14:25 ET18:25 GMT2:25 CST11:25 AM MST1:25 PM EST1:55 PM VEN22:25 UAE1:25 PM CT-Scherzer will have to wait for that 1,000th strikeout after falling one short Saturday night, but the Detroit right-hander took a shutout into the eighth inning, and the bullpen held on in the Tigers' 3-0 victory over the punchless Chicago White Sox. Scherzer became baseball's first 16-game winner.
Analysis: Scherzer allowed three hits in 7 2-3 innings. He is the first pitcher to win at least 16 of his first 17 decisions since Roger Clemens started 16-1 in 2001. Scherzer walked three and struck out six.
|July 28 9:51 AM PT10:51 AM MT11:51 AM CT12:51 PM ET12:51 ET16:51 GMT0:51 CST9:51 AM MST11:51 AM EST12:21 PM VEN20:51 UAE11:51 AM CT-Scherzer allowed only one hit in six innings to become baseball's first 15-game winner in Saturday's 10-0 beatdown of the floundering Phils.
Analysis: Scherzer threw only 75 pitches - he was one of several stars pulled early after the game got out of hand. He struck out seven over six innings.
|July 23 7:47 AM PT8:47 AM MT9:47 AM CT10:47 AM ET10:47 ET14:47 GMT22:47 CST7:47 AM MST9:47 AM EST10:17 AM VEN18:47 UAE9:47 AM CT-Scherzer outpitched Chris Sale in a marquee matchup of All-Star starters to earn his 14th victory Monday in a 7-3 win over the White Sox.
Analysis: Scherzer won his first 13 decisions before losing his last outing before he started the All-Star game for the American League last Tuesday night at Citi Field. He went eight innings Monday and allowed four hits while striking out five.
|July 14 7:56 AM PT8:56 AM MT9:56 AM CT10:56 AM ET10:56 ET14:56 GMT22:56 CST7:56 AM MST9:56 AM EST10:26 AM VEN18:56 UAE9:56 AM CT-Scherzer allowed four runs in the middle innings, and for once, the AL Central-leading Tigers didn't back him with much offensive support, falling to the Texas Rangers 7-1 Saturday night. It was Scherzer's first defeat since Sept. 23. In between, he went 22 starts - 19 in the regular season and three in the postseason - without a loss.
Analysis: Scherzer (13-1) was trying to become the first pitcher in the majors to start 14-0 since Roger Clemens in 1986. He allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out six.
|June 29 2:06 PM PT3:06 PM MT4:06 PM CT5:06 PM ET17:06 ET21:06 GMT5:06 CST2:06 PM MST4:06 PM EST4:36 PM VEN1:06 UAE (+1)4:06 PM CT-The Detroit right-hander became the first pitcher to win 12 consecutive decisions to begin a season in 27 years on Friday night, riding a pair of home runs by Miguel Cabrera and a mammoth shot by Prince Fielder to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 and take over the major league lead in victories.
Analysis: Scherzer became the first in the majors to begin a season with at least 12 straight victories since Roger Clemens did it on the way to starting 14-0 with the Boston Red Sox in 1986. He's 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 18 strikeouts in two wins over Tampa Bay this season.
|June 23 8:39 AM PT9:39 AM MT10:39 AM CT11:39 AM ET11:39 ET15:39 GMT23:39 CST8:39 AM MST10:39 AM EST11:09 AM VEN19:39 UAE10:39 AM CT-Scherzer allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings, improving to 11-0 with a 10-3 win over Boston on Saturday.
Analysis: Scherzer has 31 strikeouts in 27 innings and a 2.00 ERA while winning four consecutive starts.
|June 18 11:49 AM PT12:49 PM MT1:49 PM CT2:49 PM ET14:49 ET18:49 GMT2:49 CST11:49 AM MST1:49 PM EST2:19 PM VEN22:49 UAE1:49 PM CT-Scherzer improved to 10-0 and struck out 10, Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Detroit beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Monday night.
Analysis: He became the first pitcher to begin a season 10-0 - with all decisions coming in starts - since Clemens went 11-0 for Toronto in 1997, according to STATS. And Scherzer is the first to have at least six strikeouts in his first 14 starts in a season since Pedro Martinez did it in 2001 with Boston, STATS said.
|June 12 12:27 PM PT1:27 PM MT2:27 PM CT3:27 PM ET15:27 ET19:27 GMT3:27 CST12:27 PM MST2:27 PM EST2:57 PM VEN23:27 UAE2:27 PM CT-Scherzer won his ninth straight decision, and the Detroit Tigers beat Kansas City 3-2 to snap the Royals' six-game winning streak on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Scherzer pitched seven sharp innings to become the first Tigers starter to begin the season 9-0 since Vern Kennedy in 1938.
|June 7 11:01 AM PT12:01 PM MT1:01 PM CT2:01 PM ET14:01 ET18:01 GMT2:01 CST11:01 AM MST1:01 PM EST1:31 PM VEN22:01 UAE1:01 PM CT-Scherzer allowed one run and four hits and struck out nine over seven innings during Thursday's 5-2 win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Scherzer is the first Detroit pitcher to start the season 8-0 since Jeremy Bonderman in 2007. He owns a 3.24 ERA and sparkling 0.89 WHIP.
|June 1 12:15 PM PT1:15 PM MT2:15 PM CT3:15 PM ET15:15 ET19:15 GMT3:15 CST12:15 PM MST2:15 PM EST2:45 PM VEN23:15 UAE2:15 PM CT-Scherzer did not get a decision in Friday's 7-5 loss to the O's.
Analysis: Scherzer added 10 more strikeouts to bring his fantasy total to 91. He walked two, but he threw a season-high 119 pitches over eight innings before Jose Valverde blew the save. Scherzer retired the final 16 batters he faced.
|May 27 10:21 AM PT11:21 AM MT12:21 PM CT1:21 PM ET13:21 ET17:21 GMT1:21 CST10:21 AM MST12:21 PM EST12:51 PM VEN21:21 UAE12:21 PM CT-Scherzer allowed one run and three hits over six innings, earning the win during Sunday's 6-1 victory over Minnesota.
Analysis: Scherzer improved to 7-0 with a 3.42 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. He's struck out 81 in 68 1-3 innings.
|May 22 10:24 AM PT11:24 AM MT12:24 PM CT1:24 PM ET13:24 ET17:24 GMT1:24 CST10:24 AM MST12:24 PM EST12:54 PM VEN21:24 UAE12:24 PM CT-Scherzer held the Indians to one run on two hits over eight innings in the Tigers' 5-1 win on Tuesday.
Analysis: Scherzer's lights-out performance improved him to 6-0 with a 3.61 ERA. He's struck out 75 batters over 62 1-3 innings.
|May 11 3:11 PM PT4:11 PM MT5:11 PM CT6:11 PM ET18:11 ET22:11 GMT6:11 CST3:11 PM MST5:11 PM EST5:41 PM VEN2:11 UAE (+1)5:11 PM CT-Scherzer took advantage of more great run support Friday in a 10-4 win over the Tribe.
Analysis: Scherzer moved to 5-0 as he allowed four runs and five hits in eight innings. He struck out seven without a walk. He leads he majors with 8.94 runs of support on average.
|May 5 6:35 PM PT7:35 PM MT8:35 PM CT9:35 PM ET21:35 ET1:35 GMT9:35 CST6:35 PM MST8:35 PM EST9:05 PM VEN5:35 UAE (+1)8:35 PM CT-Scherzer turned in arguably his best performance of the season Saturday, holding to Astros to a run, three hits and two walks over eight innings in Detroit's 17-2 romp.
Analysis: Scherzer also had eight strikeouts and is fanning batters at a career-high rate of 12.4 per nine innings pitched this season.
|Apr. 30 9:42 AM PT10:42 AM MT11:42 AM CT12:42 PM ET12:42 ET16:42 GMT0:42 CST9:42 AM MST11:42 AM EST12:12 PM VEN20:42 UAE11:42 AM CT-Scherzer allowed three runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings, earning the win during Monday's 4-3 victory over Minnesota.
Analysis: Scherzer struck out 10 without a walk, improving to 3-0. While he owns a lackluster 4.05 ERA, Scherzer's 46 strikeouts in 31 1-3 innings make him plenty valuable.
|Apr. 25 11:56 AM PT12:56 PM MT1:56 PM CT2:56 PM ET14:56 ET18:56 GMT2:56 CST11:56 AM MST1:56 PM EST2:26 PM VEN22:56 UAE1:56 PM CT-Scherzer (2-0) earned the win, allowing five runs in five innings of Wednesday's 7-5 victory over Kansas City.
Analysis: Scherzer's two wins have come in the two starts he's given up the most runs.
|Apr. 18 4:50 PM PT5:50 PM MT6:50 PM CT7:50 PM ET19:50 ET23:50 GMT7:50 CST4:50 PM MST6:50 PM EST7:20 PM VEN3:50 UAE (+1)6:50 PM CT-Scherzer struck out 12 in Wednesday's 2-1, 14-inning win at Seattle.
Analysis: Scherzer threw 105 pitches with 75 strikes.
|Apr. 13 12:54 PM PT1:54 PM MT2:54 PM CT3:54 PM ET15:54 ET19:54 GMT3:54 CST12:54 PM MST2:54 PM EST3:24 PM VEN23:54 UAE2:54 PM CT-Scherzer struck out 11 in Friday's 4-3, 12-inning loss at Oakland.
Analysis: Scherzer allowed two runs over six innings. He's got 18 Ks in 11 innings.
|Mar. 29 3:22 PM PT4:22 PM MT5:22 PM CT6:22 PM ET18:22 ET22:22 GMT6:22 CST3:22 PM MST5:22 PM EST5:52 PM VEN2:22 UAE (+1)4:22 PM CT-Hours after rotation-mate Justin Verlander got the biggest contract ever given to a pitcher, Scherzer extended his dominant spring training with six innings of one-hit ball as the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 on Friday.
Analysis: Scherzer, the Tigers' No. 5 starter, finishes the spring with a 0.57 ERA. He struck out nine and has only allowed one earned run over 25 1-3 innings.
|Feb. 4 3:59 PM PT4:59 PM MT5:59 PM CT6:59 PM ET18:59 ET23:59 GMT7:59 CST4:59 PM MST6:59 PM EST7:29 PM VEN3:59 UAE (+1)5:59 PM CT-The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $6,725,000 contract with Scherzer and avoided salary arbitration.
Analysis: Scherzer was 16-7 last season with a 3.74 and struck out 231, a total that trailed only teammate Justin Verlander. He was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in the postseason, helping Detroit reach the World Series.
|2008||Ari||0||4||0 - 0||16||7||0||56.0||48||24||19||5||21||1||66||1.23||3.05||$68.50|
|2009||Ari||9||11||0 - 0||30||30||0||170.1||166||94||78||20||63||1||174||1.34||4.12||$196.83|
|2010||Det||12||11||0 - 0||31||31||0||195.2||174||84||76||20||70||1||184||1.25||3.50||$241.67|
|2011||Det||15||9||0 - 0||33||33||0||195.0||207||101||96||29||56||1||174||1.35||4.43||$216.50|
|2012||Det||16||7||0 - 0||32||32||0||187.2||179||82||78||23||60||2||231||1.27||3.74||$301.17|
|2013||Det||21||3||0 - 0||32||32||0||214.1||152||73||69||18||56||0||240||0.97||2.90||$386.33|
|Career||73||45||0 - 0||174||165||0||1019.0||926||458||416||115||326||6||1069||1.23||3.67|
|2011||Det||Total||1||1||0 - 0||4||3||0||15.2||15||10||10||1||9||0||14||5.74|
|1||0||0 - 0||2||1||0||7.1||4||1||1||0||4||0||7||1.23|
|LCS||0||1||0 - 0||2||2||0||8.1||11||9||9||1||5||0||7||9.72|
|2012||Det||Total||1||0||0 - 0||3||3||0||17.1||12||5||4||1||4||0||26||2.08|
|0||0||0 - 0||1||1||0||5.1||3||1||0||0||1||0||8||0.00|
|LCS||1||0||0 - 0||1||1||0||5.2||2||1||1||0||2||0||10||1.59|
|WS||0||0||0 - 0||1||1||0||6.1||7||3||3||1||1||0||8||4.26|
|2013||Det||Total||2||1||0 - 0||4||3||0||22.1||12||7||7||1||11||1||34||2.82|
|2||0||0 - 0||2||1||0||9.0||6||3||3||1||4||1||13||3.00|
|LCS||0||1||0 - 0||2||2||0||13.1||6||4||4||0||7||0||21||2.70|
|Career||4||2||0 - 0||11||9||0||55.1||39||22||21||3||24||1||74||3.42|