Welcome back, Max.


illustration by Samara Pearlstein

Max Scherzer returns to the big leagues with a completely, utterly insane 14 strikeouts in 5.2 innings. I really don’t even know what to say. Who throws 100+ pitches so quickly that they are unable to finish a full six innings, but at the same time pitches well enough to give up no runs whatsoever and also strike out 14 dudes? Tigers pitchers, apparently.

Like, seriously. You guys. Fourteen Ks. Five point two innings.

I just… nope. I got nothin’. So here’s Max Scherzer riding a tiger K back to Detroit. That’s all I can really think to ‘say’.

9 responses to “Welcome back, Max.

  1. Maxball in Deroit! Yeah sure you bet yeah!

  2. ivantopumpyouup

    Oh gosh, I love that. It took me a few minutes to realize it wasn’t pi but a K.

  3. David O. (13194013)

    Max didn’t want to leave any doubt that his evil clone was vanquished in an incredible, but unwitnessed, battle that raged all over the streets of Toledo.

    I bet there was a car chase thrown in for good measure.

  4. How does that happen?

  5. ivantopumpyouup

    Max is also now the owner of two ML records: consecutive batters retired in ML relief debut, and most K’s in a regulation game in which the starter didn’t go 6 innings.

  6. HawkeyeEdward

    17 outs… 14 strikeouts. FOURTEEN.

    I mean, nothing else really needs to be said.

  7. 14 strikeouts x at least 3 pitches per strikeout = 42 pitches right there.

    A few more pop ups or ground outs might have helped out your pitch count, Max. Not that I am complaining.

  8. definitely thought he was riding PI, and then I wondered if you did some complicated math to divide the number of pitches by strikeouts times 5.2 innings and the answer is PI. This is an educational blog.

  9. Ha ha, I almost missed this one. It does kind of look like pi… but also like a sideways K… it’s like one of those magic eye pictures or something. Either way I like its tiger stripes.

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