Comments on: Kevin Whelan’s Wild Debut http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11725 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11725/comment-page-1#comment-120048 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 17:27:37 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11725#comment-120048 @2, Alan -- Yes, it looks as though Whelan's good control at SWB this year (6 BB in 27 IP) is an aberration. His career minor-league walk rate is 5.2 BB/9.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11725/comment-page-1#comment-120014 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 15:52:05 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11725#comment-120014 @5, Chuck -- Your note on Asencio throwing no strikes made me wonder ... Has anyone ever come into a game and done nothing but give intentional walks, while facing at least 2 batters?

Turns out, that has happened twice since 1919:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN196105170.shtml
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHN/CHN197307220.shtml

In the first of those games, Moe Drabowsky relieved Warren Spahn in the bottom of the 11th against LA, after Frank Howard's leadoff triple. Drabo intentionally walked Norm Larker and Charlie Neal to create a force at every base and bring up Norm Sherry. Bob Aspromonte pinch-hit, and Drabowsky was replaced by Seth Morehead. Aspromonte struck out, and Bob Lillis pinch-hit for starting pitcher Stan Williams. Morehead walked Lillis to force in the winning run.

Walking with the bases loaded was a sort of specialty for Lillis, a light-hitting SS with a .270 career OBP. In 48 known PAs with the sacks drunk, Lillis drew 5 walks and fanned but once.

BTW, Lillis's stroll made a winner of Stan Williams, who went 11 innings on 4 hits and 11 Ks but issued 12 walks. It was the 5th time in searchable history that a starter won while giving at least 12 passes. Jack Fisher did it in 9 innings later that summer, and it hasn't been done since.

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By: Pat D http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11725/comment-page-1#comment-120001 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 15:24:59 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11725#comment-120001 @5

He was infused with the spirit of Rick Vaughn and heard Harry Doyle broadcasting in his mind.

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By: Chuck http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11725/comment-page-1#comment-119987 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 14:35:54 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11725#comment-119987 Asencio didn't even throw one strike??

How is that even possible...

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By: Mike S. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11725/comment-page-1#comment-119978 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 13:49:44 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11725#comment-119978 Note the date on the Hutchinson game. This is the game in which Gehrig removed himself from the lineup.

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By: Hartvig http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11725/comment-page-1#comment-119976 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 13:40:08 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11725#comment-119976 Doesn't bode well for Mr. Whelan. The 2 best pitchers on the list, Nuxhall & Hutchinson were teenagers. His closest comp in age was Drews who, in spite of 1 good season a half a decade after his debut, was remarkably lucky to get that many chances because he was otherwise truly a lousy pitcher. Milnar had his last decent year when he was Whelan's age. The only other guys who had any sort of major league careers were both non-pitchers.

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By: Alan http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11725/comment-page-1#comment-119975 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 13:40:01 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11725#comment-119975 As a frequent attendant of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre games, somehow I'm not surprised.

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By: Frank Clingenpeel http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11725/comment-page-1#comment-119971 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 13:22:54 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11725#comment-119971 As far as Nuxhall went, he still didn't do bad for a fifteen-year-old high school sophomore.

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