May 7, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Major League Baseball season is just over a month old and so far, several former Mizzou baseball players are putting together impressive seasons. After winning last year's American League Cy Young, Detroit's Max Scherzer is in prime form again early this season and looks to be one of the favorites again this season. He was recently featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. But Scherzer isn't the only former Tiger dealing so far this spring. Below is a look.
Kyle Gibson - Minnesota Twins - Second Season - Starting Pitcher
Kyle Gibson pitched 7.0 scoreless innings against the Indians on Monday night in a 1-0 victory, the fourth time in six starts that the Twins have won when he has started. Gibson gave up two hits and three walks but he did not earn a decision in a game that the Twins won 1-0 in 10 innings. Gibson is now 3-2 on the season with a 3.50 ERA. The righty has given up 0 or 1 earned run in four of his six starts. He has amassed 29.0 innings in his six starts and a pair of quality starts. His best outing was April 17 against Toronto as he went 8.0 innings, allowing just four hits and a walk in a shutout effort. He induced 13 ground-ball outs in that game.
Max Scherzer - Detroit Tigers - Seventh Season - Starting Pitcher
Max Scherzer earned a win on Monday night against the Astros, pitching 8.0 shutout innings. Scherzer struck out nine batters while giving up three hits and a walk. Scherzer is now 4-1 on the season with a 1.72 ERA. Only once in his nine starts has Scherzer allowed more than two earned runs. His 1.72 ERA is third-best in the MLB and his 60 Ks are tied for second. He leads the American League in strikeouts (60), ERA (1.72) and WHIP (0.96) and is second in wins (four), fourth in winning percentage (.800) and fifth in innings pitched (47.0). Detroit is 19-9 this season and the team is 5-2 in games that he has started. The Tigers sit atop of the AL Central and have won seventh straight, the hottest team in the bigs.
Ian Kinsler - Detroit Tigers - Ninth Season - Second Base
Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in the Tigers 11-4 win Tuesday night against the Astros. Kinsler is hitting .308 on the season with two home runs and 16 RBIs. He leads the Tigers with 20 runs scored this season. After being traded from Texas to Detroit in the off season, Kinsler has hit lead off for the Tigers and hopes to be on base many times this season when the middle of the Tigers dangerous lineup comes to the plate. In fact, he is part of a Tiger offense that ranks second in the majors in batting, OBP and slugging so far this season. Kinsler has multi-hit performances in five of his last six games, tallying 11 hits in those six games.
Aaron Crow - Kansas City Royals - Fourth Season - Relief Pitcher
Aaron Crow pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Royals Monday night, in a game won by the Padres 6-5 in 12 innings. Crow has yet to give up an earned run on the season, appearing in 14 games and pitching 12 innings. Crow has eight strikeouts on the season. He owns a miniscule WHIP of 0.83 and is 1-1 on the year. The 27-year-old has lowered his career ERA to 2.99 this season and has walked just three batters all season.
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