Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers are 17 games into the season, and neither is where they would prefer to be at this point. The Tigers looked to have a great start to the 2012 campaign, winning their first four games of the season. But since that time they are 6-7, and Scherzer has had only one quality start in four outings.
The start to a promising season has been soured by a lack of performance for both the Tigers and their No. 3 starter Scherzer. Scherzer is 1-2 overall with a 8.24 ERA—not the stuff that makes champions.
Scherzer's live arm makes him a desired commodity for the Tigers organization, one they are willing to still give time to develop. This is, after all, only Scherzer's fourth big league season.
Detroit will give him time to right the ship, but at some point, Scherzer is going to have to pull himself together and pitch to his potential.
The question becomes: How much time?
The erratic control of his arsenal is likely to cause hitters to have greater patience at the plate, which drives pitch counts up and affects his ability to dominate on the mound.
In 2010, the Tigers shipped Scherzer down to Toledo for a fix-up stint that saw him come back stronger and more focused for the remainder of the season. His 2011 performance was more consistent, and Scherzer seemed to have found his way again on the mound.
Enter: 2012, where Scherzer again finds himself having issues with command and pitch count control.
Here's 10 things he needs to fix to reach his greatest potential—consistently.