Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw could very well win the Cy Young Awards in their respective leagues, and both have shown just how valuable a dominant pitcher can be in their first post-season starts.
Each of them put the clamps on a tough offense to win Game 1 on the road in front of roaring, packed houses. In doing so, both pitchers quickly negated the home-field advantage of their opponents.
Scherzer both over-powered and baffled Oakland As batters who were not named Yoenis Cespedes. And that was enough to get the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 win in Friday nights ALDS opener at the Oakland Coliseum.
Scherzer was terrific, said Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who won his 40th post-season game on the eighth anniversary of his hiring in Detroit.
The dominating right-hander gave up only three hits in seven innings: an infield hit to Brandon Moss and a triple and a homer to Cespedes.
Unfortunately for Scherzer, the round-tripper came after Moss beat out a high-hopper on which shortstop Jose...