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Watching Max Scherzer pitch is like trying to believe in Lucy Van Pelt.
As enticing as it might be to surrender to their talent of persuasion, you know in the end that youll end up flat on your back, looking up at the sky and vowing to never go down that road again.
Unlike Lucy, who will always pull the football away, Scherzer is even more confounding because hell actually show a glimpse of how dominate he can be, only to revert back to his old ways at the most inopportune times.
Scherzers performance Sunday against the Colorado Rockies at Comerica Park was brilliant. Eight innings of shutout baseball -- sandwiched between a 53 minute rain delay -- with 12 strikeouts and zero walks is why Scherzer is the most baffling starter in recent Detroit history.
With the victory, Scherzers record is 6-4 with an ERA of 5.17. In his 14 starts this season, hes given up 90 hits in 78.1innings pitched. Hes struck out 100 while walking only 29. He's given up 13 home runs, the most on the Tigers staff, and his WHIP is an alarming 1.52.
The Tigers are inching closer to the .500 mark, and since their division is extremely weak, they could find themselves on top of the AL Central in a short period of time -- if Scherzer can duplicate the consistency of Sundays start.
Justin Verlander, Doug Fister and Scherzer are a formidable trio who can eat up innings and reduce the pressure on the Tigers bullpen and offense. Both parts of the Tigers have been erratic and dealing with health issues all season long.
Anything that the Tigers can get from Rick Porcello is a bonus. Im not giving up on the 23 year-old right-hander, but Im not counting on him to be anything but a .500 starter, which is alright for now.
Jacob Turner? Lets just say that if his showcase start Thursday against the Cardinals is impressive, the Tigers should trade him now -- while he still has some value -- for a right-handed hitting second baseman, outfielder or part of a package deal to acquire another starting pitcher.
Thats why all roads lead back to Scherzer. Its the easiest solution to get the Tigers on the right path.
Nobody can be lights out each and every start, but Scherzer needs to finally step up his game. If and when he does, theyll be a stampede to board the Max Love Train.
We can only hope its a smooth ride that doesnt eventually derail somewhere down the track, leaving us flat on our backs muttering, Never again.
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