Scherzer closing in on multiple milestones with hot start
TORONTO -- Roger Clemens isn't the only one with a mark in danger as Max Scherzer keeps on winning. Much like Scherzer's unbeaten start itself, the longer the research goes, the more numbers keep popping up.
Besides becoming Major League Baseball's first 13-0 starter since Clemens in 1986, and the fifth pitcher to do it in modern Major League history, Scherzer has also gone unbeaten in his last 18 starts since taking his last loss on Sept. 23, 2012. That ties the franchise mark held by Bobo Newsom in 1940. His standard lasted from April 25 to July 17 that season.
Beyond that, Scherzer's eight strikeouts continued his season-long stretch of starts with at least six strikeouts to 17 games in a row. Only Pedro Martinez's 29-game streak to open the 2000 season stands longer among American League starters from season's start.
In terms of his undefeated start to the season, if Scherzer were to equal Clemens' 14-0 start, he'd be one win away from tying the AL record, set by Johnny Allen for the Indians in 1937 and matched by Dave McNally for the Orioles in 1969. Rube Marquard holds the Major League record with a 19-0 start for the Giants in 1912. Marquard finished the season with a 26-11 mark.