Now that I am paying attention to zero-strikeout starts by pitchers, I have learned that it's not as rare as I thought.
Roger Clemens pulled it off last night, and Peter Abraham writes in the LoHud Yankees blog with some interesting notes about Clemens' history of no-K starts. (Incidentally, if you are interested in Yankees news, whether an actual Yankees fan or not, Abraham's blog is simply the best there is. He's got great information but is an unbiased a beat reported as I have ever seen.)
This is a bit off-topic, but I wanted to point out some of the hard-luck pitchers so far this year. These are using B-R.com's PI Pitching Game Finder.
First, most times so far in 2007 that a starter has gotten the loss in a game where he pitched at least 7 innings and allowed 2 or fewer earned runs:
Year Games Link to Individual Games +-----------------+----+-----+-------------------------+ Noah Lowry 2007 3 Ind. Games Matt Cain 2007 3 Ind. Games Carlos Silva 2007 2 Ind. Games Johan Santana 2007 2 Ind. Games Andy Pettitte 2007 2 Ind. Games Matt Morris 2007 2 Ind. Games Derek Lowe 2007 2 Ind. Games Doug Davis 2007 2 Ind. Games Mark Buehrle 2007 2 Ind. Games Joe Blanton 2007 2 Ind. Games
Jayson Stark wrote recently about just how good Matt Cain has been this year. He probably deserves at least 3 more wins.
And now, the same criteria, but where the starter got a no-decision:
Jeremy Guthrie 2007 5 Ind. Games Ian Snell 2007 3 Ind. Games James Shields 2007 3 Ind. Games Jake Peavy 2007 3 Ind. Games Roy Oswalt 2007 3 Ind. Games Joe Kennedy 2007 3 Ind. Games Tim Hudson 2007 3 Ind. Games Danny Haren 2007 3 Ind. Games Aaron Harang 2007 3 Ind. Games Jon Garland 2007 3 Ind. Games Zach Duke 2007 3 Ind. Games Erik Bedard 2007 3 Ind. Games Bronson Arroyo 2007 3 Ind. Games
How about Jeremy Guthrie? He's flown under the radar because he has only 4 wins, but he deserves at least 3-4 more. He's got a WHIP of 0.92 so far this year, and he's making "only" $380,000. As Abraham pointed out in the link above, Clemens makes more than twice that per start.
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