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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Left Out: Astros 1st WS team minus lefty pitcher since 1903

HOUSTON (AP) — Something was left out when the Houston Astros submitted their World Series roster.

Namely, left-handed pitchers.

For the first time since the very first World Series in 1903, a team has no lefties on its Fall Classic staff.

Instead, Houston has 12 pitchers, all right-handers.

A surprising accomplishment, especially given how many pitchers are on the modern roster.


QLE Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bob T Posted: October 23, 2019 at 01:45 AM (#5893255)
Pittsburgh used lefty Ed Doheny for 222 innings during the regular season, but he was hospitalized with severe mental illness before the season ended. Boston had just one game pitched by a lefty all season. Nick Altrock pitched one game for 8 innings.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: October 23, 2019 at 01:53 AM (#5893256)
The Astros also used no LHPs in the ALCS.

per Altrock, he debuted in 1898 and left MLB for good in 1933.

he went 62-39 for the 1904-06 White Sox, but his career otherwise (21-36) was pretty forgettable.

Altrock played with both Honus Wagner and Joe Cronin, who played with Ted Williams who played with Carl Yastrzemski, who played with ... well, you know the drill.

   3. bbmck Posted: October 23, 2019 at 06:37 AM (#5893266)
1956 Dodgers are/were the most recent team not to have a LH throw a pitch in the World Series, left-handers 20 year old Sandy Koufax, Ken Lehman and Chuck Templeton pitched during the regular season.
1942 Yankees with Lefty Gomez and Marius Russo during the regular season.
1922 Giants with 19 game winner Art Nehf and Mike Cvengros.
1910 Athletics even with Eddie Plank had Chief Bender and Jack Coombs pitch all 45.2 IP and also had Harry Krause, Tommy Atkins and Lefty Russell.
1909 Tigers with Ed Killian and Kid Speer.
1905 Giants with Hooks Wiltse.
1903 Americans with Nick Altrock.
1903 Pirates with Ed Doheny, Lave Winham and Jack Pfiester.
   4. Rally Posted: October 23, 2019 at 08:33 AM (#5893275)
1922 Giants with 19 game winner Art Nehf and Mike Cvengros.

What's the purpose of this list? Nehf pitched twice in the 1922 series, and won the deciding game. That was the second year in a row he won the final WS game. In 1921 he set the standard that even Jack Morris could not duplicate: He won 1-0, in World Series GAME EIGHT. Yup, the Ocho.
   5. Rally Posted: October 23, 2019 at 08:37 AM (#5893276)
1910 World Series: A's used just 2 pitchers, Jack Coombs and Chief Bender. 5 complete games. Coombs even started both games 2 and 3, one day of rest in between.
   6. crict Posted: October 23, 2019 at 08:39 AM (#5893279)
I was going to make a snarky remark about the 1994 Expos, who famously had no LHP in their pen for most of the season, but they had 3 (Jeff Fassero, Butch Henry and Kirk Rueter) in their rotation.
   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 23, 2019 at 10:09 AM (#5893310)
per Altrock, he debuted in 1898 and left MLB for good in 1933.

Nick Altrock was a coach/clown for the Senators until 1957.
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: October 23, 2019 at 10:13 AM (#5893315)
Last year's series was pretty lefty-heavy. I think around half the innings were thrown by southpaws.
   9. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: October 23, 2019 at 10:41 AM (#5893337)
This will mean they change pitchers less frequently, I hope.
   10. flournoy Posted: October 23, 2019 at 02:05 PM (#5893481)
The Dodgers had zero games started by left handed pitchers between September 24, 1992 (Bob Ojeda) and July 13, 1997 (Dennys Reyes).
   11. Zonk Hasn't Learned his Aspirational Lesson Posted: October 23, 2019 at 02:07 PM (#5893483)
Sounds like this why we have the other Astros thread afire at the moment.... Zing!

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