Moments ago Tigers RHP Max Scherzer was named the AL starter for the MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York Tuesday. After posting a 13-1 record with a 3.19 ERA and 152 strikeouts, Scherzer seemed like the likely choice for manager Jim Leyland to start things out for the American League.
Scherzer’s start also marks the second straight year that a Tigers pitcher starts the All-Star Game. Last season Justin Verlander got the start before getting shelled in the first inning only to later admit he really didn’t take the start seriously.
The American League eventually went on to lose that game with home field advantage in the World Series going to the NL. Dumb I know but it would’ve been nice to start things out at Comerica Park during last year’s Fall Classic despite ultimately getting swept by the Giants in four games.
Still though hopefully Scherzer goes in with a different mentality because once again the Tigers have a pretty good shot at making a consecutive World Series appearance this fall.