Saturday, August 25, 2007

Here's looking at you, Seth McClung

The man mentioned in the title of this post has thrown all of 2 2/3 innings in the major leagues this season. Why is he special enough to merit being mentioned in the title of a random blog post? Simply for the fact he has yet to strike anyone out, walk a batter, or give up a home run. Since that struck me as odd, I decided to look up the all-time leaders for innings pitched in a season with zeros for each of those categories. As expected, the innings totals are very low (there's only been 260 such seasons since 1901), so here's the eight guys who managed to avoid strikeouts, walks and home runs. I guess you could call them zero true outcome pitchers.
  1. Jesse Petty, 9.0 IP, 1921
  2. Sam Mertes, 8.0 IP, 1902
  3. Tom Grubbs, 5.0 IP, 1920
  4. Bill Friel, 4.0 IP, 1902
  5. Jim Merritt, 3.2 IP, 1975
  6. Jack Savage, 3.1 IP, 1987
  7. Craig Mitchell, 3.1 IP, 1976
  8. Jim Pierce, 3.1 IP, 1955
Now McClung is sure to walk, strike out or give up a homer to the first hitter he faces next time out.

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