Baseball is a team game. There is no disputing that. But once in a blue moon you have a game where one player makes all the difference. One player completely takes over. Doesn’t happen often in baseball but Max Scherzer had one of those games. Heck, he is having one of those seasons.
On Fox Saturday Baseball and in front of a National audience, Max Scherzer threw six scoreless innings while surrendering just three hits and striking out 11. Scherzer’s gem gave the Tigers a 3-0 shut-out victory. A typical start by Scherzer’s standards in 2013.
But this start wasn’t typical
Max Scherzer also had the game winning RBI courtesy of a double in the top of the second inning against one of the National Leagues best pitchers, All-Star Matt Harvey. Don Kelly and Austin Jackson knocked in two more but the Tigers and Max Scherzer wouldn’t need those runs. They shut down the Mets offense and notched their 9th shut-out of the season.
If anyone had any question whether or not Max Scherzer could perform in the spotlight on a national stage, yesterday he answered that question.
Other Game Notes
The streaky Andy Dirks turned hot again. He got three hits including a double and scored on Scherzer’s double in the second. With September around the corner, Dirks may be feeling pressure to perform considering prospect Nick Castellanos will probably see some time in right field during the fall roster expansion.
Miguel Cabrera had another two-hit game. His batting average is at .356 and he is the run away leader in the American League for that stat. He remains 5 Home Runs behind Baltimore’s Chris Davis in his quest for a second consecutive triple crown.