Max Scherzer would gladly trade personal accomplishments for team success, but he realizes his solid numbers and exceptional start have given the Detroit Tigers more opportunities for victories.
He'll look to become the first 10-game winner in the AL by helping guide the Tigers past the surging Baltimore Orioles on Monday night at Comerica Park.
Scherzer (9-0, 3.19 ERA) has won four of his last five starts while posting a 2.00 ERA and striking out 38 over 36 innings. He gave up two runs in seven frames of a 3-2 win over Kansas City on Tuesday to become the first Tigers starter to begin a season 9-0 since Vern Kennedy in 1938.
The right-hander has lost only once over his last 27 starts, including three in last year's playoffs, going 16-1 with a 2.66 ERA.
"Don't get me wrong - I love being 9-0, but it's more important that we (win)," Scherzer said. "For me, it's all about going out there and pitching deep into the game and (being) effective. The way I look at success is how well I...