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Jeremy Hellickson does it (7 IP, 3 H) again

Posted by Andy on August 11, 2010

Last night Jeremy Hellickson made his second career stat and again allowed just 3 hits in 7 innings. This time he allowed no runs, no walks, and struck out 7.

Since 1920, only 3 pitchers have posted back-to-back efforts to start their careers with 7+ IP and no more than 3 hits in each game:

Mike Norris 2 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 2 1 1 0 16.0 4 0 0 5 4 0.56
Lew Krausse 2 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 1.12 2 1 1 0 16.0 6 2 1 13 13 1.19
Jeremy Hellickson 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 1.29 2 0 0 0 14.0 6 2 1 2 13 0.57
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Hmm, that's an odd comparison group. Mike Norris shows up frequently on early career feats due to his very hot start, but I didn't expect to see Lew Krausse.

I'm sure the Rays hope to get more out of Hellickson.

Remember when their franchise was a laughingstock with terrible draft picks and free agent signings? Look at their team now: drafted starters include John Jaso, Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton, James Shields, David Price, Jeff Niemann, Wade Davis, Andy Sonnanstine, and now Hellickson. Not a bad core...

6 Responses to “Jeremy Hellickson does it (7 IP, 3 H) again”

  1. BSK Says:

    Surprising that he is the only one to win both games.

  2. Sam Hicks Says:

    Typo alert: you typed "second career stat".

  3. DoubleDiamond Says:

    And such top picks as Delmon Young (traded for Matt Garza) and Josh Hamilton doing well elsewhere. Rocco Baldelli had shown signs of promise but suffered injuries and illness after making it to the majors. He hasn't played in the majors this year, but I don't know if this is because he's on someone's DL, in the minors (including independent ball), or still waiting for an offer.

    I knew there had been father and son major leaguers named Lew Krausse, and I remembered the younger one from my early days as a baseball fan. I wondered which of the two set this record, but if I had known before now that Krausse, Sr., had only played parts of two seasons in the early 1930s, it would have been easier for me to figure out that the one listed here was likely Krausse, Jr.

    Lew Krausse, Jr., like Ken Griffey, Jr., batted and threw with the same hand as his father despite his natural hand being the opposite one. Both Krausses batted and threw righthanded, but I read once that Lew, Jr., is a natural lefthander. Both Griffeys batted and threw lefthanded, but right after Ken, Jr., made it to the majors, I read that he's a natural righthander.

    Mark Carreon threw lefthanded, unlike his father Cam, who threw righthanded. However, both batted righthanded. Since it's unusual for a lefthanded throwing non-pitcher to bat righthanded, I wonder if the fact that his father was a righthanded batter had something to do with the way Mark Carreon batted.

  4. jim mcauliffe Says:

    I just noticed that Lew Krausse was only 18 years old when he accomplished this feat !!

  5. Baseball In-Depth Says:

    Other unfortunate comparisons will be Wayne Simpson and Jose DeLeon, who were the only two pitchers to start their career with 3 straight games of 7+ innings and 4 or fewer hits allowed in each game. Wayne Simpson went 14-3 in his rookie year (1970), but ended his career only 36-31, and Jose DeLeon stayed in the majors for 12 years, but had two 19-loss seasons and ended up being 86-119.

  6. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Only after I've seen and heard it a few more times will I stop thinking of this guy's last name as a blend of "Helling" and "Gullickson."