With 2 out in the 9th, Scherzer threw a slider that stayed inside and “plunked” Jose Tabata’s Left elbow disrupting his Bid for a perfect game. (I say “plunked” because Jose may have leaned into the ball ever so slightly)
18 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 26 SO
18 innings pitched with only one hit and one walk is incredible. Nothing has been done like that since Vander Meer threw 2 no hitters back to back in 1938.
So that could happen to anyone you may say. But what makes Max better than his competitors is his consistency.
Comparing the Top Aces in the league, Scherzers Win-Loss record is not the best at 8 and 5. However, he’s pitched well in most of those games. He leads the majors posting a 1.76 ERA. While only allowing 68 hits in 102.1 innings. That’s a batting average of .181. He also leads the Majors in strikeouts and innings pitched.