So, Max Scherzer. I anointed him My Tiger after a protracted search following #30’s retirement. /prolonged sob. It’s kind of hard to fill Magglio Ordóñez’ shoes. (By the way, Magglio is ALWAYS MY TIGER, along with Kirk Gibson. I assert my right to have two “My Tiger” emeritus.) Anyway, Max has been inconsistent this year, to put it mildly. The bad news is that his mechanics are apparently more delicate than a hothouse flower. The moment they get a hair out of whack, BOOM, Max gets lit up. The good thing is that Max seems pretty adept at recognizing problems and making adjustments. Maybe Jeff Jones needs to monitor those touchy mechanics on a day-to-day basis to keep them from going haywire.
Another thing I count as a positive is Scherzer’s general attitude. In a recent interview, he was asked about whether he felt it was a particularly important outing. He replied, no, he has to go out there every start and give the team a chance to win. He doesn’t put special emphasis on any one outing. He also talked about having confidence every start. Of course, some of this talk is just your standard baseball clichés, but a pitcher has to be able to clear his head of a previous start and work with confidence on any given day. We’ve seen what can happen when a pitcher lets things bleed into the next pitch (looking at you, Jeremy Bonderman, you head-case, you).
The inconsistencies from Scherzer are beginning to get worrisome, no doubt. He’s got to be able to string strong starts together, not waffle back and forth like a kid still trying to put it all together in the bigs. If he doesn’t have a rock solid second half, his value will take a big hit.
I’m rooting hard for Scherzer, not just because we need him for the team’s success, but because he is a good teammate. He gets so excited when someone does something good. He’s fanboy number one. I love it. Watch him in the dugout sometime, if you haven’t noticed this. He looks completely silly sometimes. It’s awesome. It’s one of the reasons he’s My Tiger. Go get ‘em tonight, Max. I’ll go crazy fangirl for you.