Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My thoughts on the performance Max Scherzer and the Tigers tonight

- There will be a tendency to be tough on Scherzer after his results tonight. They speak volumes. It was kind of weird how he threw so many balls, but had few walks.
Max Scherzer: Disappointing performance
The keys to pitching are obvious, but they hold especially true for Scherzer because his changeup is such a great pitch. The idea is to get ahead in the count with his fastball. Sometimes Scherzer is overpowering, but usually not enough he can pitch from behind in the count. And his change up is not a pitch he should be throwing a lot at 2-0. It doesn't matter the pitcher, if he gets into that spot enough, he is going to get hammered.
I'm not so sure the complete game at Chicago didn't take something out of Scherzer for this start. His numbers are starting to look pretty ordinary. He has a 3.84 ERA and WHIP of 1.25. That isn't going to get him a Cy Young Award again, that's for sure, but I'm not so sure how much it will hurt on the free agent market. Unless there is an injury involved, I can't see how Scherzer doesn't get at least the $144 million the Tigers offered him. It's just the nature of the beast in MLB right now. Starting pitching rules, despite disappearance of the complete game.
- I like what I see from J.D. Martinez as a hitter. It's difficult to understand why he wasn't better with Houston. He is still young, though. There is hope.
- Kansas City has two outstanding players: Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez. Gordon is one of the most underrated players in baseball. He is an outstanding outfielder
and his conventional numbers have been held back by playing in such a bad park for hitters. It wouldn't surprise me if Perez, at some point, becomes one of baseball's great stars. He is huge and athletic. There is going to be power developing at some point. And he's a catcher....
- Hey, it's about time the Tigers dropped out of first place. It's been awhile since they have played like a contending team. And there couldn't be worse sign than their two aces didn't come through when most needed.


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