Two seasons ago Pedro Feliciano led baseball by pitching in 86 games and last season he bumped his MLB-leading appearance count up to 88. It turns out, he was just getting warmed up.
Last night Feliciano appeared in his 91st game of the year for the Mets, becoming just the fifth pitcher in baseball history with 90 or more appearances in a season.
Here’s the list of 90-game pitchers:
PEDRO FELICIANO 2010
Salomon Torres 2006
Kent Tekulve 1978, 1979, 1987
Mike Marshall 1973, 1974, 1979
Wayne Granger 1969
Mike Marshall is the only pitcher to ever appear in 100 or more games in a season, logging an insane 208.1 innings in a ridiculous 106 appearances for the Dodgers in 1974. He finished 83 of those games, posting 15 victories with 21 saves and a 2.42 ERA, and received the Cy Young award.
Feliciano is a left-handed specialist, so he’s logged just 61.2 innings in his 91 appearances this season and a total of 174.1 innings in 265 appearances over the past three years. On the other hand, he has a 3.41 ERA during that span and given that he has Jerry Manuel as his manager you can be certain Feliciano has warmed up well over 100 times this season, which is pretty impressive.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.