This is more like something that should appear in And That Happened, but I was just looking at the numbers now, so:
Pitcher A: 2.90 ERA, 195.2 IP, 207K, 41 BB
Pitcher B: 3.01 ERA, 194.1 IP, 215K, 48 BB
Both fantastic. Both aces. One was an 11-12 record, the other is 19-3.
I’m guessing that Max Scherzer will get a ton more Cy Young votes than Chris Sale, though. And when he wins he will certainly be deserving. But the similarity between the two is pretty damn striking.
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.