The Detroit Tigers have taken sole possession of the Central Division after a big win over the Kansas City Royals Wednesday night parlayed with the Cleveland Indians victory over the Chicago White Sox. But it’s not all good news this morning, as the team announced Max Scherzer has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the Minnesota Twins.
Scherzer, who left his start back on September 18th against the Oakland Athletics with right shoulder fatigue, underwent an MRI that revealed no structural damage. In his next start against the Twins September 23rd, he allowed three runs on six hits over five innings. In that game, Scherzer threw his fastball 54.7% of the time with an average velocity of 91.5 mph, topping out at 93.5 mph. On the season Scherzer has thrown his fastball 61% of the time with an average velocity of 94.2 mph.
Drew Smyly (4-3, 4.24 ERA, 3.90 FIP, 3.94 xFIP, 22.7 K%, 7.6BB%) will start in his place.