Max Scherzer Ends Amazing Streak, Pitches First Career Complete Game

Max Scherzer, not Justin Verlander, is carrying the Detroit Tigers’ pitching staff this season. Last night, the 2013 CY Young winner beat the Chicago White Sox while doing something he’s never done in his career.

Pitch a complete game.

Scherzer broke the longest streak any pitcher has had to start their career without going the distance (win or lose). Per SI.com, Scherzer’s 178-game streak was freakishly long for how dominant the Tigers’ pitcher has been throughout their career. Here’s the list of longest such streaks:

Rk  Player  GS  Years
1 Max Scherzer 178 2008-2014
2 Tony Armas 167 1999-2008
3 Bud Norris 139 2009-2014
4 Shawn Chacon 134 2001-2008
5 Scott Olsen 127 2005-2010
6 Casey Fossum 120 2001-2009
7 Claudio Vargas 114 2003-2010
8 Travis Wood 106 2010-2014
T9 Byung-Hyun Kim 87 1999-2007
T9 Mike Thurman 87 1997-2002


Truly outrageous if you consider who else is on this list. Scherzer is now 8-2 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.19 WHIP on the season. The rest of those players listed above are middle-of-the-rotation type pitchers.

Scherzer is just a tad intense. Glad he can cross “complete game” off his list before he blows a gasket

This is likely a relief for Scherzer, as every starting pitcher knows a complete game holds extra emphasis to how well you pitched during that outing.

All eyes shift to Baltimore Orioles’ Bud Norris, who is 39 games short of Scherzer’s record.

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