"It's just a pitch I have great feel for," Scherzer said. "If you find the zone early, it gives me an indication where out of the zone is low and away. It allows me to sequence guys the way I want to. I just know it's a great pitch for me."
Scherzer (7-3) lowered his ERA to 2.35 on the season and recorded his 55th career 10-plus-strikeout game, most among all active pitchers. He came within one strikeout of tying fellow ace Stephen Strasburg for most strikeouts in a game this season.
Scherzer's last three outings have finished in double-digit strikeouts, and it all started with a minor adjustment. Scherzer said after a start against the Braves on May 20 that he's been focusing on keeping his hands high when he sets up on the mound.
"That's when all my pitches' shape plays right to where I want to," Scherzer said. "As long as I keep my hands high, things are good."
In his three starts that came after that outing in Atlanta, all victories, Scherzer has recorded 38 strikeouts over 24 2/3 innings while allowing just 11 hits and four walks.
Scherzer, however, did find himself in a jam early, with two walks and a dropped third strike loading the bases in the third, but he responded with a strikeout of Chris Taylor to end the Dodgers' threat.