Orioles’ prospect Dylan Bundy had been given three, three-inning starts to begin the season in low-A Delmarva, and he hadn’t allowed a hit. So last night they gave him four innings. And he still hasn’t allowed a hit. Not a bad way to begin a professional career.
He struck out six, needing only 44 pitches to do so. As usual he sat in the high-90s. He also flashed his high-80s changeup. It all sounds so very Strasburgian, yes?
I know the O’s want to be careful with Bundy and don’t want to move him a long too quickly, but I think it may be time to investigate high-A ball. Because, really, at some point he’s gonna have to see what it feels like to pitch out of the stretch, ya know?
Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.
Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.
Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.