If you're an old-school baseball fan, Max Scherzer is your kind of guy. He overpowers hitters. He's second in the American League in strikeouts. Most important, he wins. Scherzer is the first pitcher to start 12-0 since Roger Clemens in 1986.
If you're a new-school baseball fan, Max Scherzer is your kind of guy, too. When reporters asked Scherzer about the historical significance of his 12th victory, he told them that pitching wins and losses are statistically "fluky" -- a watchword of sabermetric believers.
"I don't consider what I'm doing right now as out of the norm," Scherzer told me earlier this week. "I've pitched well like this. It's just that, this year, now you have some counting stats that make it easier for the media to talk about it.
"This is what's so funny: Everyone keeps asking me about sabermetrics right now. At the end of the day, if you understand it, you get what it's trying to say. You want to generate swings-and-misses, minimize walks and keep the ball in the...