Last week's All-Star game provided thrilling moments for Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer and Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale, though that may be all the two have in common as they prepare to take the hill for their respective clubs Monday night in Chicago.
Detroit's offense has provided Scherzer (13-1, 3.19 ERA) with a major league-best 7.29 run-support average, and his 152 strikeouts also rank among the most in baseball.
That support contributed to Scherzer nearly becoming the first pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986 to start 14-0 and first ever to carry that mark into the All-Star break, though he gave up four runs in six innings of a 7-1 loss to Texas on July 13. That outing marked only the second time in 19 starts that he received fewer than two runs of support.
"It's a loss," Scherzer said. "That's what happens when you don't quite pitch as well.''
The right-hander parlayed his overall success, though, into starting Tuesday's All-Star game, which the AL won 3-0.