Sunday, April 1, 2012

Better Know a Tiger: Max Scherzer

As we slowly inch toward are under a week from the MLB regular season, here at DNR we will take a closer look at some of the key players in the Tigers’ pursuit of championship in 2012. I see that next on the list is inconsistent possible #2 starter in the making, Max Scherzer.

Full Name: Maxwell M. Scherzer (I assume the M stands for MYSTERY.)

Date of Birth: July 27, 1984 (27 years old)

From: St. Louis, Missouri

Height: 6’3

Weight: 220 lbs

High School: Parkway Central (Chesterfield, MO)

College: Missouri

Journey To Detroit: Drafted by Diamondbacks with the 11th pick of the 1st round of the 2006 MLB Draft. Made MLB debut with D-Backs on April 29, 2008. Traded on December 9, 2009 along with Daniel Schlereth to the Detroit Tigers as part of a three team trade that brought Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks, Curtis Granderson to the New York Yankees, and Austin Jackson and Phil Coke also to the Tigers from New York.

Best Season: 2010: 12-11, 3.50 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 8.5 K/9, 120 ERA+

Worst Season: 2011: 15-9, 4.43 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 8.0 K/9, 92 ERA+

2012 Salary: $3.75 million

Career earnings through 2011: $3.55 million

Likes

-What he sees out of the blue eye.

-The Missouri Tigers. Apparently never shuts up about his school.

-Throwing wild pitches.

Dislikes

-What he sees out of the brown eye.

-“Hey, what’s wrong with your eyes?”

-Being asked if his grandfather was a Nazi.

Did You Know?

-Originally drafted in 2003 in the 43rd round by the Cardinals. Chose to attend Missouri instead.

-Was Missouri’s first ever MLB 1st round pick.

-In the 2006 Draft, the Tigers selected Andrew Miller five slots before Arizona took Scherzer. The pick after Miller was the Dodgers and they took Clayton Kershaw. Two picks after Kershaw, Tim Lincecum went to the Giants. As always, my point is that a blind monkey throwing darts at names on a wall could draft better than the Tigers.

-In his MLB debut, he came out of the bullpen to pitch 4 1/3 innings of perfect ball and strike out 7. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Scherzer's debut was the longest debut outing in "modern major-league history" by a pitcher who retired every batter he faced (13 batters).

Outlook for 2012

Max remains a big question mark. He regressed a bit last year seeing his ERA jump nearly a full run from 2010, his WHIP go up/K’s go down, and he was 3rd in the AL in home runs allowed (29), 4th in wild pitches, and 5th in hit by pitch (10). These are disturbing trends.

However, Mad Max has shown glimpses of brilliance at times on the mound and it’s enough to have hope for a breakthrough season in 2012. If he can gain a consistent throwing motion and control his pitches more, Max can be as good as anyone in the game on the mound. But those are some big “ifs”.

I expect him to be a solid #3/#4 for the team and hopefully finally blossom into what everyone saw when he was taken as a 1st round pick.

1 comment:

Dan Bacon said...

Max Mad has had a solid spring, though yes you don't get 2x or 3x through a lineup full of starters most of the time but still he's shown some maturity. I'd say the freaky eyed little bugger is ready to cut people!