Tim Byrdak leads the majors with 56 appearances this season and is second only to Jonny Venters with 128 appearances dating back to the start of last season. Unfortunately he has paid the price for his heavy workload.
According to David Lennon of New York Newsday, the Mets announced this evening that Byrdak was diagnosed with an anterior capsule tear in his left shoulder. He’s almost certainly headed for the same surgery his teammates Johan Santana and Chris Young had. However, at 38 years old, he’s no sure thing to make it back.
Byrdak posted a 4.40 ERA and 34/18 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings this season prior to being placed on the disabled list with shoulder soreness late last week. He had a 3.05 ERA until being knocked around to the tune of a 7.45 ERA in July.
Astros starter Gerrit Cole dominated the Athletics on Monday night, limiting them to one run on two hits and a walk while striking out 11. It marked his 12th start out of 22 this season with double-digit strikeouts, giving him 205 total on the season.
It is no surprise, then, to hear that Cole is the second-fastest in baseball history to reach 200 strikeouts in a season, per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. Cole got there in 133 1/3 innings. The only pitcher faster than Cole was Randy Johnson, who reached 200 K’s in 130 2/3 innings back in 2001 with the Diamondbacks.
Along with the 205 strikeouts, Cole holds an 11-5 record with a 3.03 ERA across 136 2/3 innings. Among qualified starters in the American League, only Charlie Morton (2.61), Mike Minor (2.86), José Berríos (2.96), and teammate Justin Verlander (2.99) have a better ERA than Cole, who has twice finished in the top-five in Cy Young Award voting.