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Rays rookie Jeremy Hellickson did something only two other pitchers since 1920 have done

Aug 11, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

There’s an interesting note on the Baseball-Reference.com blog about Jeremy Hellickson, who tossed seven shutout innings last night against the Tigers. Hellickson also threw seven innings of two-run ball versus the Twins in his debut last week.
So what’s the interesting note? Well, in both starts he allowed three hits and that makes him just the third pitcher since 1920 to throw seven or more innings while allowing three or fewer hits in each of his first two big-league starts.
The previous two were 20-year-old Oakland A’s right-hander Mike Norris in 1975 and 18-year-old Kansas City A’s right-hander Lew Krausse in 1961.
All of which sounds really impressive until you consider that Norris and Krausse combined to win just 126 games (with 150 losses). So far Hellickson is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 13/2 K/BB ratio.

  1. The Common Man - Aug 11, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Norris would have had a lot more if Billy Martin hadn’t run him into the ground. I’m glad Hellickson’s surrounded by smarter people who realize that his health is in the team’s best interest. I hated watching him carve up my Twins, but he’s very fun to watch.

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