Commentary

Promising signs for Max Scherzer

The right-hander's ERA is up, but his stuff has not fallen off at all

Updated: September 4, 2011, 2:06 PM ET
By Lucas Apostoleris | FanGraphs
Max ScherzerAP Photo/Mike CarlsonIn terms of velocity and movement, Max Scherzer's stuff is the same as it ever was.

As the prized possession going to the Tigers in the 2009 three-way trade between the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks, Max Scherzer has been held to high expectations. After being drafted by the Diamondbacks as a 22-year-old in the first round of the 2006 draft, he established himself in the organization as a power pitching prospect, striking out more than 11 hitters per nine innings in his brief minor league stint in 2007 and 2008.

He has been a major league regular since the middle of 2008 and has thrown at least 160 innings as a starter dating back to 2009. He's getting the ball for the Tigers in the "Sunday Night Baseball" telecast on ESPN, and by traditional measures, this has been his worst year. After a rough outing last week against the Royals, his ERA now stands at 4.54, a full run higher than where it was last year. However, there are signs that tell us Scherzer's is due for a rebound.


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