"I attacked the zone, didn't walk anybody. I'd like to pitch a little bit more efficiently overall, but I did a good job today," Scherzer said.
Efficiency has been a sticking point for Scherzer the last couple of years. His breakout over the past season and a half came in part from throwing a higher percentage of strikes, from 63.8 percent in 2011 to 65.9 percent last year, and from developing his curveball to throw to left-handed hitters. The combination allowed him to pitch deeper into games and keep his outing alive for more decisions.
He's making a point of it again this spring.
"I fell behind on some hitters in the first at-bat of the innings," Scherzer said of his outing Wednesday. "Those can lead to walks and long innings when you're not efficient to that first batter. I fell behind 2-0 in the second inning and 2-0 in the third inning. That's part of the process of relentlessly throwing strikes, working ahead of hitters.
"That's the process of pitching efficiently, not the 1-2-3 innings. It's a process of attacking the zone and getting better."
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