Posted by Raphy on May 14, 2010
In what seems to be happening on a daily basis, another young pitcher threw a gem yesterday. This time it was Mat Latos's turn. Latos absolutely shut down the Giants and missed a perfect game by half a step. On the way to his one-hit shutout Latos also out 6 for a game score of 91. This comes on the heels of last week's beauty in which Latos allowed 0 runs on 2 hits with 9 strike outs in 8 innings. And he's only 22. Here are a couple of interesting lists to put Latos's performance into perspective.
In the current PI era (1920-1939,1952-2010) only 5 previous pitchers had thrown at least 5 innings with at most 2 hits with no walks in consecutive starts (a couple of those had a relief appearance thrown in). Only 1 those pitchers, Billy Pierce in 1958, pitched more innings in those games than Latos did in his starts.
Even if his starts were not consecutive, throwing 2 games with a gamescore of at least 87 at such a young age, so early in the season puts Latos on very short list of pitchers. Here are the previous pitchers who were younger than 23, that also put up 2 starts in their team's first 34 with a gamescore of at least 87 (1920-1939, 1952-2010).
|1||Herb Score||1955||2||Ind. Games||2||0||1.000||0.50||2||2||1||0||18.0||7||1||0||7||25||0.78|
|2||Dwight Gooden||1985||2||Ind. Games||2||0||1.000||0.00||2||2||2||0||18.0||7||0||0||5||23||0.67|
|3||Wade Blasingame||1965||2||Ind. Games||2||0||1.000||0.78||2||2||0||0||23.0||6||2||1||8||20||0.61|