This time he got it. After a win that got away in Baltimore, Max Scherzer improved his record to 8-0 on Thursday by limiting the Tampa Bay Rays to one run in seven innings of the Tigers’ 5-2 victory. With the win, helped along by Victor Martinez’s fourth home run and three RBI, Scherzer matched Jeremy Bonderman’s 8-0 start of 2007. Who’s out there beyond Bondo, though? At 9-0, former Tigers George Uhle and Vern Kennedy are – and if you want to throw in an asterisk, so is Doyle Alexander. But here is the timeline: The Tigers haven’t had a pitcher in 75 years do what Scherzer could with his next start. Uhle went 9-0 to start the 1929 season for the Tigers. He wasn’t the strikeout pitcher Scherzer is – a high of five during the streak – but he got hitters out. Nine starts into the season, Uhle had a 1.86 ERA. The most recent starter to do it, Kennedy matched Uhle with a 9-0 start for the Tigers in 1938. The rest of that season didn’t go as well for him, however. He finished with a 12-9 record. As for the asterisk, Alexander didn’t begin the 1987 season with the Tigers, but he began his Tigers’ career by going 9-0 to end that season in attention-getting fashion. Can Scherzer add his name to the list? If he wins his next decision he will – and with the kind of dominant streaks he’s reeling off, you have to like his chances. Against the Rays, Scherzer allowed one run on four hits in seven innings while striking out nine. It marked the third time in his last four starts that Scherzer has allowed only one run. He’s not pitched a shutout this season, but he’s limited the opposing team to one earned run six timies in 12 starts.
Max Scherzer goes to 8-0 as Tigers dump Rays
Detroit News | Jun 6