Sunday wasn’t a good day to be an ace pitcher in Major League Baseball — with a few exceptions, like C.C. Sabathia, who led his New York Yankees to a 7-0 win over Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers. Verlander didn’t look as bad as the score indicates either, giving up three earned runs in 7 1/3 innings. Some of Verlander’s fellow frontline starters can’t say the same.
Let’s check the scorecard:
• David Price: Eight earned runs in five innings, as the Cleveland Indians beat the Rays 13-0.
• Cole Hamels: Eight earned in five 1/3 innings in the Philadelphia Phillies 9-8 loss to the Kansas City Royals.
• R.A. Dickey: As we’ve already documented, he got abused by the Boston Red Sox, for seven earned runs in four and 2/3 innings. The Toronto Blue Jays lost 13-0.
• Matt Cain: Gave up nine earned runs — all in the fourth inning — as the St. Louis Cardinals spoiled the day the San Francisco Giants put on their World Series rings. The final score was 14-3.
Even Stephen Strasburg, who looked impeccable in his first start of the season for the Washington Nationals, gave up six earned runs against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. That wasn’t as much as some of the others above, but it was a career-high for Strasburg.
Johnny Cueto, the Reds ace, was another who found immunity on Beat-Up-an-Ace Day. He surrendered only three runs in the Reds’ 6-3 win.