DETROIT, Mich. — The best start in more than a quarter-century was more than enough for voters.
Max Scherzer, whose 13-0 start propelled the Detroit Tigers to a third straight American League Central crown, was named the AL Cy Young winner Wednesday night, taking 28 of 30 first-place votes.
Scherzer’s start was the best in the bigs since Roger Clemens started 14-0 in 1986.
Scherzer was the major’s only 20-game winner in 2013, going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and striking out 240 batters.
The AL All-Star starting pitcher also struck out at least six batters in his first 19 starts of the season — second only to Pedro Martinez’s 29 straight starts in 1999.