Originally written April 18, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
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Last night, Max Scherzer and Felix Hernandez dueled it out in what turned out to be an epic pitching battle where there were a combined 16 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 24 K/1 BB. We already knew Hernandez was capable of greatness, but Scherzer has always been held back by his control and home run issues.However, so far this year he has a 40.0 K% (career high) and 5.3 BB% (career low) and despite a .385 BABIP he has still managed a 2.84 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. It has definitely been a great start for him, especially in terms of control, but will it continue?According to his Pitchf/x data, there’s no drastic change to his repertoire and his first-strike percentage (62.7%) is right around his career rate of 61.0%. Even his overall strike percentage (67.5%) is around his career rate of 64.5%. I’m not saying I don’t believe in his improved control, just not to this extent. Then again, with his strikeout potential he doesn’t need much improvement in this field to be a top-20, or even top-15, pitcher.4/17 R...
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