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.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.