Oddity: Record 10 starts of 7+ innings, 3 or fewer hits on Sunday

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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Here's a weird, fun fact.

Ten starting pitchers threw at least seven innings and allowed no more than three base hits on Sunday, a new record for the most such starts in one day according to ESPN's Buster Olney. So yeah, there were a lot of excellent pitching performances on Sunday. Let's categorize:

Not At All Surprising They Pitched Like This

Johnny Cueto, Reds: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 11 K vs. Braves
James Shields, Royals: 8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K vs. Orioles
Julio Teheran, Braves: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K vs. Reds
Adam Wainwright, Cardinals: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K vs. Pirates

Unexpected, But Not Unbelievable

Dillon Gee, Mets: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K vs. Marlins
Jason Hammel, Cubs: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K vs. Cubs
Ian Kennedy, Padres: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 9 K vs. Nationals
Garrett Richards, Angels: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K vs. Yankees
Ryan Vogelsong, Giants: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K vs. Indians

Wait, What? Who? When? Against Who???

Collin McHugh, Astros: 8 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K vs. Athletics

In my objective opinion, Cueto had the best performance among those 10 starters. Seems obvious, no? Of course, the Reds also lost that game in extra innings to Teheran's Braves. Baseball is weird like that.

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