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Max Scherzer on unusual Cy Young pace

Does Max Scherzer have what it takes to win a Cy Young Award?

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Does Max Scherzer have what it takes to win a Cy Young Award?

Tigers righthander Max Scherzer lost his bid to open the season 14-0 and match Roger Clemens’s record when he lost his final start before the All-Star break.

If he resumes his winning ways, his Cy Young Award hopes remain in play despite an earned run average of 3.19.

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He would become the 20th Cy Young winner -- out of 104 -- to have an ERA over 3.00 if he were to hold that pace and win the balloting.

Bottom 10: The Cy Young winners with the highest ERAs:

LaMarr Hoyt, White Sox, 1983 3.66 (24-10, 148 strikeouts)

Roger Clemens, Yankees 2001 3.51 (20-3, 213)

Bartolo Colon, Angels 2005 3.48 (21-8, 157)

Jack McDowell, White Sox 1993 3.37 (22-10, 158)

Pete Vuckovich, Brewers 1982 3.34 (18-6, 105)

Roy Halladay, Blue Jays 2003 3.25 (22-7, 204)

Steve Stone, Orioles 1980 3.23 (25-7, 149)

Pat Hentgen, Blue Jays 1996 3.22 (20-10, 177)

CC Sabathia, Indians 2007 3.21 (19-7, 2.09)

Early Wynn, White Sox 1959 3.17 (22-10, 179)

And the Top 5: The Cy Young winners with the lowest ERAs:

Bob Gibson, Cardinals, 1968 1.12 (22-9, 268)

Dwight Gooden, Mets 1985 1.53 (24-4, 268)

Greg Maddux, Braves 1994 1.56 (16-6, 156)

Maddux, Braves 1995 1.63 (19-2, 181)

Dean Chance, Twins 1964 1.65 (20-9, 207, 4 saves)

Note: Only starting pitchers were included. Of the eight relievers to win the award all had ERAs below 2.83 and five were below 2.00.

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