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Philip Humber has allowed 20 runs in 13 innings since his perfect game

May 7, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

AP Phil Humber

Whenever a non-ace throws a no-hitter there are always lots of articles wondering if they’ll build off that historic performance and suddenly become a significantly better pitcher.

It’s sort of a silly notion to begin with, as if allowing zero hits as opposed to, say, two hits can drastically alter someone’s career. In the case of Philip Humber he took it one step further by throwing a perfect game on April 21 … and has been absolutely awful since.

Humber followed up his perfect game by coughing up a career-high nine runs against the Red Sox on April 26, walked six batters in a mediocre start versus the Indians on May 2, and then faced Cleveland again this afternoon.

His final line? Eight runs in 2.1 innings.

Add it all up and he’s allowed 20 runs in 13.1 innings since throwing the perfect game, with nearly as many walks (11) than strikeouts (12), five homers, and a .350 opponents’ batting average.

  1. ezthinking - May 7, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    That’s why baseball is so great. The mental game dominates; not who can jump the highest, run the fastest or who is strongest. No doubt it helps, but doesn’t control.

    You want freaks? Try the Olympics.

  2. b453841l - May 7, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I’m guessing Weaver tosses another shutout against the Twins.

  3. savocabol1 - May 7, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    He’s a bum

  4. - May 7, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Baseball is one of those cruel games like golf. One day your stuff is amazing, and then suddenly you return to that crappy golfer you once were as you try to figure what you did right that one day so you can repeat it.

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