April 27, 2014: The Day of the Pitcher

If you’re a fan of offense, yesterday’s slate of games probably left you wanting a whole lot more.

For the first time ever – according to the Alliance Sports Bureau – 10 pitchers completed at least seven innings of work while allowing no more than three hits. Not runs. Hits.

I give you the list:

geeDillon Gee, New York Mets

  • 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4BB, 6 SO
  • Earned a decision win against the Miami Marlins

 

shieldsJames Shields, Kansas City Royals

  • 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
  • Earned a decision win against the Baltimore Orioles

 

kennedyIan Kennedy, San Diego Padres

  • 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO
  • Earned a decision win against the Washington Nationals

 

hammelJason Hammel, Chicago Cubs

  • 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO
  • Earned a decision win against the Milwaukee Brewers

 

mchughCollin McHugh, Houston Astros

  • 8.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO
  • Earned a decision win against the Oakland Athletics

 

wainwrightAdam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

  • 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO
  • Earned a decision win against the Pittsburgh Pirates

 

vogelsongRyan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants

  • 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
  • No decision against the Cleveland Indians

 

richardsGarrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

  • 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 S0
  • No decision against the New York Yankees

 

cuetoJohnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

  • 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 SO
  • No decision against the Atlanta Braves

 

teheranJulio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

  • 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
  • No decision against the Cincinnati Reds

 

Sunday’s dominant combined performances lowered the league ERA to 3.81. While it’s still extraordinarily early in the season, if that number were to hold this would be the third straight year in which the league’s ERA has declined. Even with seven top-flight starting pitchers already down for the year and needing Tommy John surgery, we are continuously reminded that we are no longer witnessing the year of the pitcher. It’s a whole new pitching-first era in baseball.

 

About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

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