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Philip Humber has a 7.52 ERA since his perfect game

Apr 26, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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Philip Humber threw a perfect game on April 21 of last year, but the degree to which he’s fallen apart since then is amazing.

Humber, who was claimed off waivers by the Astros from the White Sox in November, has thrown 111 innings and faced 523 batters since the perfect game. During that time he has a 7.52 ERA.

That includes a 7.39 ERA in 88 post-perfect game innings for the White Sox last season and a 7.99 ERA in 24 innings for the Astros this season. Humber has started five games for Houston, going 0-5 while allowing a league-high 21 runs and a .346 opponents’ batting average.

The obvious thing to say here is that Humber probably doesn’t belong in the big leagues right now, but I’m more fascinated by the whole situation and how a decent back-of-the-rotation starter can go from the peak of his professional career to immediately being completely unable to do his job.

  1. pjmitch - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Being perfect on one day of your career does not mean that you are good most the other days…

  2. billyboots - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Can he hit? Is Humber the next Ankiel?

  3. shanabartels - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I’ve seen Phil Humber pitch in person twice — weirdly enough, exactly two years apart. The first time was April 25, 2011 in the Bronx when Humber no-hit the Yankees into the 7th or thereabouts. He was, obviously, super effective. Really frustrating for me to watch. The second time was last night when my uncle took me to a game at Fenway. Humber was awful. It was like watching a totally different person. I know he’s generally not a great pitcher and he has had a few games that were outliers, but yeah, even the Astros might not have much patience for that.

  4. hisgirlgotburrelled - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    ” but I’m more fascinated by… how a decent back-of-the-rotation starter can go from the peak of his professional career to immediately being completely unable to do his job.”

    Well, then Ubaldo Jimenez will blow your mind.

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Grover Cleveland Alexander, Steve Carlton, Dizzy Dean, Don Drysdale, Whitey Ford, Lefty Grove, Fergie Jenkins, Early Wynn, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux… zero no-hitters.
    Bobo Holloman pitched one in his first ML start and won only 2 more games in his career.
    Charlie Robertson went 49-80 in the Majors, ERA 4.44, but one of those 49 was a perfecto in 1922. There wasn’t another perfect game for over 30 years, when a guy who went 81-91 hurled one in the World Series!
    Looking for rhyme or reason? Good luck.

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