Oct 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning in game six of the American League Championship Series playoff baseball game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Former Mizzou Tiger Max Scherzer Wins AL Cy Young

Max Scherzer, starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, was absolutely dominant this season. Scherzer’s record was 21-3, helping lead his team to an American League Central crown. Scherzer mowed down everyone in his path, striking out 240 batters and only allowing .97 walks/hits per inning pitched. Many people said that Scherzer was overrated because he pitched behind a high-powered offense, but that simply isn’t the case. Scherzer had a 2.90 earned run average, and pitched well enough to win in most games. That being said, sometimes he didn’t pitch his best, but still won the game behind the Tigers offensive juggernaut led by Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.

Scherzer has become one of the best strikeout pitchers in the game, and has basically taken the spotlight from former AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.

Scherzer is among a few well-known Missouri Tiger baseball players in the MLB currently. Others include Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, and Royals reliever Aaron Crow.

Max deserves a huge congratulations from all of Tiger nation (both Missouri and Detroit) for accomplishing this tremendous feat, especially after losing his brother in June of 2012. Congrats, Max, you deserve it! MIZ!

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