Troubling news here for the second-place Tigers.
Max Scherzer, who has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past few months, was removed from his start Tuesday night against the A’s because of right shoulder fatigue. An MRI has already been scheduled, indicating that the Tigers medical staff believes the matter might be serious.
Scherzer yielded one earned run in two innings before making his early exit, fanning four. Those results included, he has a 3.78 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 224/57 K/BB ratio through 178 2/3 innings pitched this season.
Detroit entered play Tuesday trailing the White Sox by three games in the American League Central.
UPDATE, 9:59 PM: According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the MRI ruled out structural damage. Scherzer won’t throw for several days but he did not suffer a major injury.
The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.
Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.
If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.
Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.
Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.
Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.