Detroit Tigers: Top 10 Starting Pitchers of All Time
Oct 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer reacts after getting out of a bases loaded situation in the 8th inning of game four of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
10. Max Scherzer
Honestly, Mad Max deserves a higher spot that #10, but he was only with the Tigers for five years. Had he remained with the team, there is a chance he could become the best pitcher that the Tigers ever had. In his five years, he earned a spot on two All-Star teams and he was the Cy Young winner in 2013. In 2012, he led the AL in strikeouts per nine innings with 11.9. In 2013 and 2014, he won more games in the AL than any other pitcher with 21 and 18 respectively. Also in 2013, his WHIP was an outstanding 0.970 to match his low ERA of 2.90.
He only pitched one complete game in Detroit and it was a shutout against the Chicago White Sox in June of 2014. In that same year, some actually compared Scherzer’s numbers to those belonging to the Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson.
The fans knew in their hearts that 2014 would be Scherzer’s last year in Detroit, but it was still a sad day when he signed the immense contract with the Washington Nationals.
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