Wednesday, June 3, 2015
All that being said, I'm probably one of the few people who feels this way, and as a result, I would venture a guess that SNY's ratings for the Mets' current series with the Padres aren't exactly setting the world on fire. If that's the case, and none of you spent the two days this week that won't have something sports-crazy happening on them watching the Mets, you might have missed something.
On Monday night, San Diego pitcher Andrew Cashner absolutely lit up the Mets with 12 strikeouts and no walks over 4 2/3 innings. What's curious, though, is that he didn't pitch beyond that, and the reason is because the Mets lit Cashner up, too, knocking him around for five earned runs on 11 hits. Giving up double-digit hits while racking up double-digit strikeouts in less than five innings is quite the feat -- one that you don't hear about all that often.
In fact, the reason you don't hear about it too often is because before Monday night in San Diego it had never happened before in modern Major League Baseball history.
Of course, that, in and of itself is not so crazy. Baseball is a sport that breeds discrete forms of easily-compared information, and as such it has a tendency to produce statistical anomalies. Hell, even statistical anomalies have anomalies, as was the case five years ago yesterday when Armando Galarraga threw what should have been the third perfect game in the span of a month.
Here is why this is really crazy. Cashner's oddball start was the first of its kind in the modern era. The next night, Noah Syndergaard did the exact same thing.
Since 1900 and prior to Monday night there had been more than 200,000 regular season Major League Baseball games and in none of them had a pitcher struck out 10 batters while giving up 10 hits and walking no one in less than five innings. It then happened twice in consecutive games in the same ball park between the same two teams.
That is goddamn crazy. It's so crazy that I somehow forgot that in one of those games the other pitcher had a perfect game bid at one point. Someone, somewhere should probably be talking about just how crazy it is, and yet, while there have been articles, the majority of the attention something this weird should get has somehow gotten lost in the shuffle. Or hey, maybe I'm just a numbers nerd. This may, in fact, be the more likely thing.
Still, I'm not sure why I haven't heard more people talking about this. I mean, it's not like there's anything else going on this week, is there?
Wait, what? Oh, right. Blackhawks in 6.