Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mizzou Baseball in the Majors: Max Scherzer


Tigers -- knock on wood -- survive spring in good shape (Detroit News)
Max Scherzer seemed a lock to pitch Opening Day in Detroit. Leyland likes to spotlight a pitcher who sparkled during the previous season and who isn't named Justin Verlander.
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But the Tigers will instead feature their No. 2 power pitcher in Saturday's game against the Yankees at Comerica Park. Leyland will go with Doug Fister in Friday's home opener, after Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, and Rick Porcello have all pitched against the Twins.
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Rather, the Tigers are aware that Scherzer dealt with deltoid tenderness in his right arm at the end of the 2012 season. They and Scherzer are methodically guarding against risks as this season begins. Scherzer started last among the Tigers starters during the Grapefruit League schedule. He will be the last of the five to pitch when the real-deal games begin Monday...
Ticker: Is Tigers' Max Scherzer for American League Cy Young worth a gamble? (Detroit Free Press)
Writing about prop bets on players as the baseball season starts up, Szymborski likes the 20/1 odds offered on Max Scherzer winning the AL Cy Young Award.

"At those odds, it's hard not to take an upside bet on Scherzer," Szymborski writes. "If someone held me by the collar and threatened to rearrange my face if I don't pick the pitcher most likely to advance into the elite class of the league, it would be a very unusual situation, but one in which I'd have to back Scherzer...
Detroit Tigers' Max Scherzer: Contract extension for Justin Verlander means free meals all season (MLive.com)
Justin Verlander has plans to buy another car. Max Scherzer has plans to never buy another dinner. At least not anytime that he eats dinner with Verlander.

"I was going to pick up a dinner," Scherzer said. "I got a nice little contract this year, but no, he's buying every single dinner this year."...

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