There is just one week until the Tigers' pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training. Fresh off of signing a one-year contract extension yesterday, Max Scherzer will be looking to prove that 2012 is just the norm for him going forward.

What happened last season?

Scherzer put together the best overall season of his career in 2012, racking up a career high 231 strikeouts en route to a 16-7 record, the best in the rotation (based on win percentage). His "coming out party" might have been the May 20th start against the Pittsburgh Pirates in which he racked up 15 strikeouts in seven innings, but the real turnaround came after the tragic death of his brother in June. Max put together a gutsy performance on June 23rd in Pittsburgh, then finished off the season by going 10-2 with a 2.61 ERA in his last 17 starts.

Scherzer's playoff performance was more of the same: he only tallied 17 1/3 innings in his three starts, a slight decline from the near-6.0 innings per start he averaged throughout the course of the year (not including his tune-up start in a meaningless game on the last day of the season). He racked up 26 strikeouts to just four walks in the postseason, including 10 against the New York Yankees in the decisive Game 4 of the ALCS.