Despite inconsistencies, pitchers missing bats

Despite inconsistencies, pitchers missing bats

DETROIT -- The Tigers haven't gotten quite the consistency they've wanted out of their pitching staff yet. One consistency they have found is in strike three.

With Max Scherzer's 15 strikeouts Sunday, the Tigers racked up double digits in strikeouts for the 12th time in their first 41 games. That's a first for them since at least 1918, as far back as game-by-game records go.

As streaks go, the Tigers' mark of 11 straight games with eight or more strikeouts is also their best strikeout stretch since at least 1918.

Scherzer's performance vaulted the Tigers past the Yankees for the American League lead team lead in strikeouts, having fanned 353 batters in 365 innings. Only the Washington Nationals have struck out more, with 362 over 374 1/3 innings.