One thing Scherzer does have control over is what pitch to throw. Somewhat
surprisingly, he doesn't pay a lot of heed to the large amount of PITCH f/x
data and batter/pitcher matchup statistics that have become available in
recent years. Instead, he attacks hitters the old-fashioned way, by following
the scouting reports developed by the Tigers scouting department and pitching
coach Rick Knapp.
"You have to take things contextually, because each hitter is different and
might match up differently against my pitches than against other pitcher's
pitches," Scherzer said. "I really believe you have to pitch hitter to hitter,
depending on the situation. It's all about the scouting reports and the
execution of those scouting reports. Once you start getting a good portion of
the season in, then some of those numbers come into play. Right now, they have
no meaning because of the sample size, and while they may eventually tell you
something about the hitter later in the season, ultimately the scouting
reports are the best source of information, in my opinion."