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Battered In October

Posted by Steve Lombardi on August 29, 2008

Here's a fun little list via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Post-Season Pitching Game Finder...

The only pitchers who have allowed 8 earned runs, or more, in a post-season game:

                   Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+-----+-------------------------+
 Jay Witasick          1 Ind. Games                
 David Wells           1 Ind. Games                
 Chien-Ming Wang       1 Ind. Games                
 C.C. Sabathia         1 Ind. Games                
 Steve Reed            1 Ind. Games                
 Jake Peavy            1 Ind. Games                
 Greg Maddux           1 Ind. Games                
 Matt Clement          1 Ind. Games                
 Guy Bush              1 Ind. Games                
 Pete Alexander        1 Ind. Games                
 Paul Abbott           1 Ind. Games                

Games found: 11.

Now, if you really want to get fancy, look at each of these outings ranked by fewest batters faced:

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS **BF** AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+------+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Jay Witasick      2001-11-03    WS     6 NYY @ARI L  2-15  3-4       1.1 10  9  8  0  4  0  49  36       2  2   14   14  3  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  1  54.00 
    2 Steve Reed        1999-10-10    ALDS   4 CLE @BOS L  7-23  4-5       1.1  7  8  8  1  1  1  34  18       0  0   14   11  2  1   0   2  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0  54.00 
    3 Pete Alexander    1928-10-05    WS     2 STL @NYY L  3-9  GS-3  ,L   2.1  6  8  8  4  1  1           10         17   12  1  0   0   0  1  0   0  0  0  0  0  0  30.86 
    4 Matt Clement      2005-10-04    ALDS   1 BOS @CHW L  2-14 GS-4  ,L   3.1  7  8  8  0  0  3  64  41   14         18   15  1  0   0   2  1  0   0  1  1  0  0  0  21.60 
    5 Paul Abbott       2001-10-13    ALDS   3 SEA @CLE L  2-17  3-6       3    9  8  8  5  3  3  81  43       0  0   22   17  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0  24.00 
    6 Greg Maddux       1989-10-04    NLCS   1 CHC  SFG L  3-11 GS-4  ,L   4    8  8  8  1  3  2  83  54   16         22   19  2  0   1   1  1  0   0  1  0  0  0  0  18.00 
    7 Jake Peavy        2005-10-04    NLDS   1 SDP @STL L  5-8  GS-5  ,L   4.1  8  8  8  3  3  2  70  44   15         23   20  1  0   2   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  1  16.62 
    8 C.C. Sabathia     2007-10-12    ALCS   1 CLE @BOS L  3-10 GS-5  ,L   4.1  7  8  8  5  3  0  85  44   15         24   17  2  0   1   1  1  0   1  0  0  0  0  0  16.62 
    9 David Wells       2002-10-05    ALDS   4 NYY @ANA L  5-9  GS-5  ,L   4.2 10  8  8  0  0  1  59  43   12         24   23  0  0   0   0  1  0   2  0  0  0  0  0  15.43 
   10 Chien-Ming Wang   2007-10-04    ALDS   1 NYY @CLE L  3-12 GS-5  ,L   4.2  9  8  8  4  2  2  94  58   12         25   20  1  0   0   1  0  0   1  0  1  0  0  0  15.43 
   11 Guy Bush          1932-09-28    WS     1 CHC @NYY L  6-12 GS-6  ,L   5.1  3  8  8  5  2  1           27         26   20  0  0   0   0  1  0   1  0  0  0  0  0  13.50 

Games found: 11.

Jay Witasick and Steve Reed really did something special, huh?  They allowed 8 earned runs in their games while facing less than 15 batters.  Well, if you ever need someone to kick-off an October Conga Line, these two have the resumes to apply for the job.

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3 Responses to “Battered In October”

  1. [...] Just what is it about Yankees pitchers whose last name starts with a “W” and October, an... August 29, 2008 | Filed Under Stat Of The Day Blog  [...]

  2. Reed and Witasick performed this trick in relief. They allowed more runs than the starters did.

  3. The funny thing is that all 4 batters that Witasick got out were actually strike outs!