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Your pitching star of the night: Jeff Niemann

Jun 9, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

Jeff Niemann fist pump.jpgSo enough about Strasburg. Nice and all, but he didn’t have the best pitching performance last night. The Rays’ Jeff Neimann did.  Niemann allowed just two hits in a shutout of the Blue Jays, who sport a slightly better offense than the Pirates.

Indeed, there were a number of fabulous pitching performances last night by fellows not named Stephen Strasburg. Matt Cain shut out the Reds on seven hits.  Mike Pelfrey didn’t get the win because the Mets bats didn’t break through until extra innings, but he went nine and gave up a single
run on five hits.  Chris Carpenter and Hirkoki Kuroda battled in Los Angels, each shutting out the other side for seven innings. Ted Lilly gave up a single earned run to the Brewers over eight while striking out eight, though his Cubbies did end up losing.  Colby Lewis, Kevin Slowey, and even Tim Wakefield all had strong, strong outings.

I guess something was in the water last night.

  1. Simon DelMonte - Jun 9, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    I’d give an honorable mention to Clayton Richard, who came close to matching Pelfrey’s line in his seven innings. Between the two of them (and the relievers), there was one walk. Even taking into account Francouer’s presence, that is noteworthy.
    And that got me thinking: in what seems like the year of the pitcher, are walks down on average? Are strikes up? Have pitchers, or pitching coaches, or GMs, begun to shift how the game is pitched in response to the era of OBP and patient hitters? In other words, is Nick Johnson in trouble?
    I haven’t seen any data about this, but I’m sure it’s out there and I would like to see it.

  2. BC - Jun 9, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    It’s odd… Walks are down, but batting average also seems to be down. League averages are .260 for AL and .257 for NL. Yet home runs seem to be up a little.
    Who knows. Maybe check back in another month or two.
    PS. Jose Bautista has 18 home runs??!?!? Gimme some of that Toronto water!

  3. oh Hal - Jun 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Lily, but no Yovani? Seven Ks and 0 earned doesn’t get a mention. You Reds fans…

  4. JB - Jun 9, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    So you mention Lilly and don’t mention Gallardo who matched him for 7, giving up no runs, 7 Ks, and four hits over 7. Same game, but Lilly gets the mention?

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