Graham Womack of Baseball: Past and Present looks at the all-time greatest World Series pitching performances. And while Jack Morris and Don Larsen get most of the press when it comes to the top of such performances, there’s one guy whose Fall Classic outing has been overlooked. I have blanked out the identifying details:
[The player] set a World Series record that still stands when he went 14 innings for the [Team] in Game 2 on [Date]. He even drove in one of [Team’s] runs . . .
The guy got the win and allowed one run on six hits in those fourteen innings. Which, no, isn’t a perfect game and no, wasn’t a Game 7 win. But as far as game score goes, it was the best.
I’m not a believer that game score is any sort of be-all, end-all. A perfect game is, well, perfect. But this is one performance that I’m shocked to have never heard about. Especially considering who the pitcher was.
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.