Max Scherzer on unusual Cy Young pace

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


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.


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)

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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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