Monday, August 18, 2014

2014: COMPLETE GAMES #83, #84

We were spared two more "cheap CGs" when the San Francisco Giants' protest was upheld and their 8/19 contest with the Cubs was "recategorized" into a suspended game.

Everyone in the Bass family is
"O-fer" vs. Rick Porcello...
Clayton Kershaw's fifth CG of 2014 (8/16, #83; keep in mind that one of these is, in fact, a "cheapie"...) proved to be the sixteenth losing distance-going effort in 2014. Kershaw gave up a couple of homers, allowing the Brewers to emerge victorious over the Dodgers, 3-2.

And last night (8/20, #84) Rick Porcello got his groove back with a three-hit shutout vs. the Rays at Tropicana Field in Tampa. The Tigers, now chasing the Royals, won 6-0 and climbed back to just a half-game back.

(Yes, some of you will notice that we cheated with the date stamp. When the post begins with an asterisk, all bets are off!)

Currently the WPCT when pitchers toss a CG in 2014 is .809 (68-16). And the current pace for CGs now sits at 108--which is an exact match for the lowest total in a season set back in 2007.