ARLINGTON -- Max Scherzer talked about his win over the Rangers on Friday night like it was a confidence boost, holding down one of the best lineups in the American League.
"To me, you always measure yourself against the best," Scherzer said.
On Saturday, it was manager Jim Leyland's turn to measure Scherzer. His confidence in Scherzer might be a little higher.
"Max is one of those guys to me that doesn't know how high his ceiling can be if he doesn't get in the way of himself," Leyland said. "I don't mean that disrespectfully. The point I'm trying to make is, when he realizes how good he can be, there's no ceiling for him. He has a chance to be something special."
One example of Leyland's idea of getting in the way would be the way Scherzer pitched cautiously, in Leyland's opinion, to Rangers hitters in the early innings Friday.
He finished with eight strikeouts, allowing two runs on eight hits over six innings.
"He complicates it too much once in a while," Leyland continued. "That's just an opinion. Once again, I know he'll disagree. That's OK. That's the way I feel. I'm paying him a compliment, because he doesn't really realize yet how he good he is."