Nov. 13, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Former Mizzou standout Max Scherzer won Major League Baseball's most prestigious pitching award as he was named the American League Cy Young Award Winner on Wednesday (Nov. 13), as announced by the MLB. He is the first former Mizzou player to win the award. Now in his fifth season in the big leagues, Scherzer led the American League in with his 21-3 record and also posted an American League-best 0.97 WHIP while guiding the Detroit Tigers to the American League Championship Series.
For the season, he made 32 regular season starts and posted a 2.90 ERA, fifth in the AL while striking out 240 batters, the second-most in the AL. He also made four postseason starts, posting a 2.82 ERA with an eye-popping 34 strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched. The former Tiger All-American also ate up innings this season, averaging nearly 7.0 per start while ranking fifth in the American league in innings pitched while starting less games than the four players ranked ahead of him. Scherzer was third in the AL in wins-above-replacement and Detroit went 27-9 in the 36 games that he started last season, including four postseason starts. In the regular season, Detroit was 18 games over .500 in the 32 games that Scherzer started (25-7) while they were just 68-62 in the games that he did not start. It is worth noting that Detroit finished one game ahead of Cleveland in the AL Central as he was a big reason why Detroit was able to win the division.
In 2013, he surpassed career-highs in innings pitched (214.1), while allowing 152 hits, the lowest of his career. Scherzer struck out a career-high 240 batters last season and struck out at least 10 batters in seven of his 32 starts. He won his first 13 decisions and started the All-Star Game for the American League as he was consistently the most dominating AL pitcher last season. He was at his best against the heart of other team's orders, holding team's second through fifth hitters to just a .174 average last season (67-of-345), below his season average of .198.
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