2010 TigsTown Player Capsule: Max Scherzer

Ready to take a look back at the performers of 2010 and what's in store for them in 2011? Head inside to read the 2010 player capsules! Max Scherzer didn't have the start to the season he was hoping for, but came on strong to finish with a very good year.

Five Numbers That Sum Up The Season

FIP

2nd Half ERA

Home ERA

K/9

wCH

3.71

2.47

2.99

8.5

-0.2


What It All Means

The year didn't get started quite the way Max Scherzer was hoping, as he struggled so much that he became the odd man out of the rotation and was sent down to Toledo (though contrary to popular belief the option down had more to do with off days and not needing five starters and less to do with his pitching). Scherzer came back with a vengeance though and put together a very nice season, with an FIP in the mid 3's and a second half ERA in the mid 2's. His strikeouts really came around in June, at which point he averaged 36 K's per month – he had just 40 total in the first two months combined. One other promising sign was the effectiveness of his change-up, which was just a slight negative value after two straight years of decidedly negative values, showing the necessary third pitch development you need out of a top of the rotation starter.

What Does the Future Hold

Scherzer remains pegged as the number two starter, and the Tigers believe he has the repertoire and make up to hold that spot behind Verlander for many years to come. This season will actually be quite critical for Scherzer from a financial standpoint, as another strong year entering his arbitration years will put him in a good position to get an extension from the Tigers (which they likely won't hesitate to do if he continues on the path he's been on thus far). While giving up Edwin Jackson was no easy move, the returns through year one show that the Tigers made the right call in acquiring Scherzer among others.

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