Expanding on a tweet from ESPN’s Jeremy Lundblad, here’s the number of times each team in baseball has had a pitcher give up at least five earned runs this season.
14 – Red Sox
12 – Twins
8 – Rockies, Yankees
7 – Cubs, Mets
6 – Angels, Blue Jays, Braves, Mariners, Rangers, Royals, Tigers
5 – Athletics, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Giants, Padres
4 – Astros, Rays, Reds, White Sox
3 – Dodgers, Marlins, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates
2 – Nationals
1 – Cardinals, Indians
Aaron Cook was the victim for Boston today, giving up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings before coming out of his Red Sox debut against the Orioles.
The Orioles, at just three, are probably the surprise of the list with their hot start. They led the majors with 50 such outings of five or more earned runs last year, with the Twins right behind at 49. The Padres (18), Phillies (19) and Nationals (20) had the fewest last season.
No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.
First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.
On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.
Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.