Oddity: Record 10 starts of 7+ innings, 3 or fewer hits on Sunday
MLB's starting pitchers made some oddball history on Sunday with 10 starts of 7+ innings and no more than three hits allowed.
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???
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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