There aren’t many opportunities to talk about a pitcher starting a season 10-0.

But Max Scherzer has done that. With his victory Tuesday against the Royals, he’s off to a 9-0 start.

In fact, the leap from 9-0 to 10-0 is almost the same in terms of statistical excellence as the one Scherzer has taken as he’s climbed from being a good starter to becoming an outstanding one.

With his last victory, which put him at 9-0, Scherzer became just the third Tigers pitcher to start a season with that record. Doyle Alexander also did it, to begin his Tigers’ career, but not at the start of a season. He came to the Tigers in a mid-season trade in 1987.

Going 9-0 is exceptional, of course, but it’s been done 43 times in the majors.

Going 10-0, however, has been done just 13 times — and never by a Tiger. In fact, in Justin Verlander’s Cy Young and MVP season in 2011, he went 1-0 before losing. Denny McLain, in his 31-victory season in 1968, went 5-0 before losing.

The American League record for most wins without a loss at the beginning of a season is 15-0, accomplished twice but most recently by Baltimore’s Dave McNally in 1969.

The National League’s record of 19-0 belongs to Hall of Famer Rube Marquard, who set it with the New York Giants in 1912.