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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FG: A Good Reason To Watch Yusmeiro Petit Pitch

All he needs is two Petit fours!

[Yusmeiro] Petit has appeared in 33 games for the Giants in 2014, which is one more major league game than he’d seen in the past five seasons combined.

Petit was once a top-100 prospect, and he has been around for so long that he was part of the 2005 trade that sent Carlos Delgado from the Marlins to the Mets, but he’s also been DFA’d at least twice, including by the Giants last year, and lost on waivers from Arizona to Seattle another time. For a three year stretch between 2010-12, he threw exactly 4.2 big league innings, and he spent all of 2011 in the Mexican Leagues before the Giants took a flyer on him as a non-roster guy in January of 2012…

if you happen to find yourself with nothing to do at 3:45 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, you should take the time to check out Petit’s start against the Rockies anyway, for one simple reason: Petit, an otherwise nondescript pitcher of little repute, might just break a major league record for pitching dominance. 38 times in a row, hitters have stepped to the plate, and 38 times, they’ve failed to reach base. The record of 45… [was] set by the White Sox’s Mark Buehrle when he followed up a perfect game with 5 1/3 spotless innings in his next start.

Obviously, Petit isn’t a great major league pitcher, or, usually, even a good major league pitcher. But he’s had his moments — last year, he came within a strike of a perfect game — and for the last month he’s been the right combination of good (13 K, 0 BB) and lucky (every batted ball going to a fielder). On Thursday against a bad Colorado team, he’ll just need to keep it going through the third inning to set a new record. It won’t be as impressive as Buehrle’s perfect game, of course, since it wasn’t done all at once, and it might not even be remembered beyond this week if he does it. It’s still worth keeping track of. After all, it’s not every day you see a pitcher threaten to retire more hitters in a row than anyone, ever.

The District Attorney Posted: August 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: August 27, 2014 at 01:51 PM (#4780058)
From age 18-20, Petit pitched to a 2.75 ERA with a 429/65 K/BB in 346 innings, putting in time at every level of the Mets system. He was dominant at each stop, except for a 14 inning stint in AAA at the end of '05.

I remember being very disappointed when he was included in the Delgado deal. I thought Petit was going to be a star. Most scouts seemed to disagree, pointing out that his stuff never equaled his stats.

I'm glad he seems to have found a niche, and SF is a much better place for him and his homer-happy tendencies than AZ was. But his career has to be considered a "victory" for the scouts, I suppose.
   2. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 27, 2014 at 02:16 PM (#4780081)
Have a soft spot for Petit, put together quite a year in my BBPro98 league last year (this month's comment):

Pitching for a wretched last place team Harrisburg:
Before August 12: 2-19 7.71 ERA
After: 7-0 2.56 ERA

So 9-19, 5.51 overall and dodged that 20th loss for a good 6-7 weeks. Harrisburg finished 71-91 but were .500 in August in September. It's fun to convince myself he learned a new pitch or something. He's split the difference this year at 9-11, 4.12.

See you in September!
   3. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 27, 2014 at 02:49 PM (#4780122)
Not that the Giants care, but giving him the start seems like a pretty sure way to end this streak - he's got a 6.32 ERA in his six starts, and a 1.89 in his relief appearances.

   4. The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 03:45 PM (#4781007)
Here we go!!
   5. The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 04:04 PM (#4781046)
NL record of 42 (formerly held by Jim Barr) set...
   6. Scott Lange Posted: August 28, 2014 at 04:13 PM (#4781056)
Am I right that he's about to face Jackson Williams in Williams' first big league PA to tie the record? And then Charlie Culberson to break it? Pretty crazy!
   7. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 28, 2014 at 04:19 PM (#4781064)
It's been tied.
   8. The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 04:25 PM (#4781069)
MLB record set! The crowd... actually does go wild!
   9. The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 04:26 PM (#4781070)
And it ends right there, on a hit by the pitcher. All righty.
   10. Zonk Tormundbane Posted: August 28, 2014 at 04:38 PM (#4781087)
Shocked to read it wasn't something to do with surrendering gopher balls... But good for him!
   11. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: August 28, 2014 at 04:48 PM (#4781099)
I think it is cool when otherwise unremarkable players hold records. It's like Earl Webb and his doubles record.
   12. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: August 28, 2014 at 04:48 PM (#4781100)
I think it is cool when otherwise unremarkable players hold records. It's like Earl Webb and his doubles record.
   13. The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 04:55 PM (#4781110)
Who's got the double posting record?
   14. Banta Posted: August 28, 2014 at 07:50 PM (#4781212)
Probably some non-descript poster. It's never the All Stars.

Russlan may own the "put one word and meant another" record. ;)

At one point, I think I owned the "greatest amount of posts without contributing anything of value" record, but since the death of game chatter, I don't have the raw post total statistics to qualify anymore.

EDIT: Looks like the post count got reset a few years ago. All my hard work from 2005 to 2009... down the drain!
   15. The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 09:09 PM (#4781251)
Probably some non-descript poster. It's never the All Stars.
Probably Yun Taragoshi, upon reflection.
   16. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 28, 2014 at 11:25 PM (#4781311)


Who's got the double posting record?


In the pre-reg days, Shredder was the Cy Young of double posting. That one simply isn't reachable in the modern era.

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