During the season series this year, Scherzer faced Oakland twice and posted a 4.91 ERA, with eight runs—six earned—allowed in 11 IP on 13 hits and two walks, while striking out 16. He didn’t get a decision in either start, though the Tigers split the two games. In Scherzer’s first start, he went 6 IP and gave up two runs, one earned, to go with 11 strikeouts. In his final start against Oakland, during a rough stretch for the Tigers’ starters at the end of August, Scherzer went 5 IP, giving up six runs—five earned—on eight hits, with five strikeouts. That was the final game of the teams’ four-game series, in which the Tigers rallied from a 6-0 deficit to win 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth on a Torii Hunter walkoff homer and avoided a four-game sweep.
The Tigers have owned Colon for his career, going 8-10 against the A’s starter in 26 starts. Colon has a 5.40 ERA against the Tigers, who have a .310/.360/.475 line against him in 27 games overall. Colon, however, had two good starts against the Tigers this season, having opposed Scherzer and the Tigers in both matchups.
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