Mariano Rivera’s saves record is a forgone conclusion. A.J. Burnett probably won’t break a record this year, but he will come pretty close:
Burnett already has 23 wild pitches this year, which puts him on a historic pace. Since 1901, only five pitchers have finished a season with more than 23 wild pitches, led by Red Ames’s 30 for the Giants in 1905. Since World War I, only three players have surpassed Burnett’s wild pitch total.
And of course all of those pre-WWI catchers were using mitts made out of, I dunno, passenger pigeon down and elephant ivory or whatever, so their numbers may have been inflated.
In Burnett’s defense, they used to actually call a lot of passed balls in this game, but seem way less likely to do it in recent years. Burnett is not a victim of his catchers, of course, but he’s not getting a ton of help from them either.
Anyway, history is always fun to watch.