The Detroit Tigers are one game away from winning the American League pennant, and they are sending former Mizzou Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer to the hill for Game 4 tonight.
Detroit won the first three games of the ALCS against the New York Yankees. Scherzer is matched up against Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia in a must win game for the Bronx Bombers.
Scherzer is from St. Louis and was drafted by the Cardinals in the 43rd round out of high school. He attended Mizzou and had a great season in 2005. He was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and topped the conference in ERA (1.86) and strikeouts (131). He was drafted a second time in 2006 by the Arizona Diamondbacks as the 11th overall pick. He was the first Mizzou baseball player to be picked in the 1st round of the MLB draft.
Scherzer has had a spectacular season in 2012. He has a career high 16 wins and was second in the American League in strikeouts with 231. He pitched in the ALDS against Oakland and didn't give up an earned run in 5.1 innings of work.
Now Scherzer has a chance to shut to door on the Yankees, who seem to care more about hitting on women in the stands than hitting baseballs.