The Tigers and Max Scherzer are still on a hot streak as Detroit went a season-high 23 games over .500 and Scherzer is now 19-1 after a 3-0 win over the Mets. Detroit is now 6.5 games ahead of the Indians and 11 ahead of the falling Royals in the Central Division.
It was a much-anticipated rematch between Max Scherzer and Matt Harvey today, the first time that All-Star starting pitchers have met in the same season. Scherzer was strong from the start, only allowing two baserunners through the first four innings. Harvey on the other hand no longer had the All-Stars behind him, but the lowly Mets instead and he gave up a career high 13 hits in 6.2 innings of work.
Mad Max became the third pitcher ever to win 19 of his first 20 decisions, the others being Roger Clemens in 2001 with the Yankees and Rube Marquard of the New York Giants in 1912. Scherzer has lowered his ERA to 2.73 (fifth best in the AL), WHIP to 0.93 (second only to Clayton Kershaw) and 196 strikeouts (second only to Yu Darvish.) In the month of August alone Max has pitched 28.2 innings, with an ERA of 1.88 and a WHIP of 0.88, keeping his hot streak alive. He also added an RBI double in the second inning.
As for the Tigers as a whole they got three big hits from Omar Infante and Andy Dirks each. Infante is still not 100% but it is great to see his bat staying hot as he is hitting .319 this season, while hopefully this is a sign that Dirks is working his way out of his 2-for-13 slump the past seven days.
The Tigers hope to finish the sweep tomorrow in New York as Rick Porcello faces Dillon Gee at 1:10.