In ATH this morning I lazily assumed that someone had done a study of pitcher performances one start after perfect games. My Google button is broken, see, so I had no way to obtain that information myself.
Thank goodness for our friend Jason Lukehart, then. He went back and looked at ever pitcher who ever threw a perfect game and summarized their subsequent performances. Most of them, anyway. Some of the 19th century games aren’t available, in which case Jason adds a factoid or two.
My favorite tidbit: one of the perfect pitchers gave up 8 runs on 8 hits and walked five in his next outing, yet his team still won, and there’s an argument to be made that he was the hero of the game.
Fun stuff. Thanks for not being as lazy as me, Jason.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Giants were “sniffing around” on Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco at the recently completed Winter Meetings.
Franco, 25, would be a nice buy-low candidate for the Giants, who don’t have a reliable third baseman yet. Currently, Pablo Sandoval would get the lion’s share of starts at the hot corner. Franco was a consensus top-100 prospect going into the 2014 and ’15 seasons, but hasn’t lived up to the hype over the last two seasons. In 2017, he hit .230/.281/.409 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 623 plate appearances.
Moving Franco wouldn’t necessarily solve any problems for the Phillies. After signing first baseman Carlos Santana, Rhys Hoskins is expected to play in the outfield full-time. As a result, the Phillies have too many outfielders with Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams, and Aaron Altherr. Technically, the Phillies could move Santana to third base as he has experience there, but he hasn’t played the hot corner since 2014.
Franco is arbitration eligible over the next four seasons, which might be the most attractive thing about him to other teams.