While researching Josh Tomlin for an upcoming post, I came across this tidbit on mlb.com:
"Tomlin has lasted at least five innings in each of his 32 career starts, a modern Major League record."
This is an interesting piece of information that makes for an interesting PI exercise, so lets have at it.
The fact as it is stated, seems to say that Tomlin is the first "modern" pitcher to have pitched at least 5 innings in each of his first 32 major league starts. A quick run of the PI (Pitching streak finder, Pitchers Role:Starter, to start player's career, IP>=5) reveals that this is not true.
EDIT: As Johnny pointed out in the comments, #1 and #6 don't count because their careers actually began before 1919. So John Farrell would actually be the post-1919 record holder.
Unless the "modern era" started after 1988, Tomlin is not quite there yet.
Perhaps the intended meaning is that Tomlin is the first pitcher to have made starts of at least 5 innings in each of his first 32 big league games. There are couple of ways to check this with PI. One way is to use the pitching game finder to find streaks of all games to start a career requiring that the pitcher started and pitched at least 5 innings. You can do that by:
- Selecting Pitcher's role: Either
- Selecting: To Start a player's career
- Setting IP>=5
- Setting Game Score <=999 (This eliminates pitchers who relieved during their streak)
This list has Tomlin on top:
EDIT: Howard Ehmke's career actually began before 1919, so his numbers here don't count. See note above.
Now this seems a lot more likely. Tomlin tops this list, passing up Daisuke's streak from 4 years ago.
I suppose I am over-looking the obvious meaning of the stat, that as we stand today, Tomlin holds the career record for most starts by a pitcher who pitched at least 5 innings in every career start, but that seems silly. Presumably Tomlin will pitch many more games in his career. However, if you wish to confirm this (since 1919) all you have to do is check the 3 pitchers above Tomlin on the first list and note that the number of starts in their streaks are less than their total career starts. Hence, for the time being, Tomlin is the record holder in this stat, as well.
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