It took five separate outings but Tigers starter Max Scherzer finally reached 20 wins on the season in a lopsided 12-5 win over the Chicago White Sox Friday night from Comerica.
Scherzer became the league’s first 20 game winner this season in a solid performance allowing just 3 earned runs in six innings of work to also reduce the Tigers’ magic number to a mere 3 games.
And although Scherzer hasn’t been as dominant over the last stretch of games (he actually raised his season ERA to 3.00 tonight but came in which a season leading .96 WHIP) the 20th win will certainly help his case for the AL Cy Young which he most certainly is leading right now. Teammate Justin Verlander notched 24 total wins before winning the AL Cy Young and AL MVP in 2011.
Mad Max also becomes the third Tigers pitcher since 1991 to win 20 games in a single season and the 24th in franchise history. As previously mentioned Verlander eclipsed the 20 game mark back in 2011 but prior to that the Tigers didn’t have a 20 game winner since Bill Gullickson did it in 1991.
It also looks like Scherzer will be the only 20 game winner in the American League and probably the on 20 game winner in all of baseball. Jordan Zimmerman for the Nationals won his 19th game of the season Friday while Adam Wainwright and C.J. Wilson each have 17 wins. Four other pitchers around the league are knotted up at 16 wins a piece.