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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Jose Berrios & Dominating Starts By Young Twins Pitchers


In his most dominating, May 18, 2017, start to date against the Colorado RockiesJose Berrios sliced and diced through the Colorado Rockies to get credit for a 2-0 victory. It was pretty, it was masterful, and it was doubtlessly humiliating for the opposing lineup of established veterans and All-Stars from Denver. They were not [mile] high on facing him any longer than 7.2 iinnings, ahem.

Teenybopper Blyleven, 1970


And, as if he had an eye on team history, Berrios turned in his superb outing just in time to join a very select, all-time Twins pitchers fraternity. These are hurlers who were 22 years old ( or younger) with a start including:
  • 10 or more strikeouts
  • 1 or fewer walks
He was age 22, and 356 days. It is a list of only seven players, Dave Boswell, Jim Merritt, Tom Hall, Bert Blyleven (glory hog of the bunch!!), Frank Viola, Francisco Liriano, and Berrios. The uniting detail for each of them? Besides being phenomenally talented, they were also given plenty of attention and outright hype coming out of the minors.

That just comes with the territory, as well as its twin sisters named "pressure" and "disappointment" - the last of which Berrios had supplied plentifully for the anxious fans in Twins Territory before the 2017 season ("Oh, God, the kid's just another 1st round draft bust!). But, on this day in particular, he cut through the Rockies's lineup like a man among boys. His control and command of his Bugs Bunny-type curveball, and high fastball served him well (Fangraphs summary) against the Colorados, who were ten games over .500 at 26-16, and leading the NL West.. He is definitely not a finished product at this point, but one can confidently state he's a quantum leap ahead of last season when he seemed so amped up, looking like he wanted to throw one perfect pitch after another - only to have them sail wide of the strike zone.


STARTS BY TWINS PITCHERS 22 & YOUNGER, 
10 OR MORE STRIKEOUTS, 1 OR FEWER WALKS

Rk Player Age Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR UER GSc
1Dave Boswell22.1591967-06-28BOSW 3-2CG, W9.04221132083
2Francisco Liriano22.2492006-07-02MILW 8-0GS-8, W8.03001120087
3Bert Blyleven22.1611973-09-14CHWW 6-0SHO, W9.04001120090
4Bert Blyleven20.0411971-05-17CALW 3-2GS-9, W8.07201120275
5Tom Hall22.2961970-09-15 (2)CALL 3-5GS-98.03221120079
6Bert Blyleven19.1201970-08-04MILW 5-2CG, W9.07221120076
7JOSE BERRIOS22.3562017-05-18 (2)COLW 2-0GS-8, W7.22001110085
8Francisco Liriano22.2332006-06-16PITW 4-2GS-7, W7.05221111069
9Bert Blyleven22.1421973-08-26MILL 2-3GS-8, L7.29330111060
10Bert Blyleven20.0361971-05-12BOSW 1-0SHO, W9.07000110084
11Tom Hall22.2911970-09-10 (1)OAKW 6-1CG, W9.07111110079
12Dave Boswell21.1911966-07-30BALW 7-0SHO, W9.01001110095
13Dave Boswell21.1451966-06-14KCAW 6-3CG, W9.05331111075
14Frank Viola22.1151982-08-12CALL 1-3GS-8, L7.15330101066
15Bert Blyleven21.1811972-10-04CHWW 14-2GS-6, W6.03220101068
16Bert Blyleven21.1581972-09-11 (2)OAKW 3-2CG, W9.06221100076
17Bert Blyleven21.0451972-05-21 (1)TEXL 2-5GS-7, L7.06331101062
18Bert Blyleven21.0271972-05-03MILW 7-0SHO, W9.04001100088
19Jim Merritt22.2811966-09-16NYYW 2-1GS-8, W8.05111100077
20Dave Boswell21.1951966-08-03BOSW 7-2CG, W9.04221102080
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/6/2017 - with thanks to Aaron Gleeman of "Gleeman & The Geek" fame

Had Berrios avoided walking pinch hitter Tony Wolters - his last batter - with two out in the 8th inning, he would have joined Blyleven and Viola in the "22 Club" as only the third to not issue a free pass in a 10+ strikeout game. The only hits he allowed were singles to Geraldo Parra in the fifth, and Carlos Gonzalez in the seventh.

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The High Quality Colorado Rockies Lineup
Batting
AB
R
H
RBI
BB
SO
PA
BA
OBP
SLG
OPS
4
0
0
0
0
1
4
.315
.356
.601
.957
4
0
0
0
0
1
4
.280
.348
.348
.696
3
0
1
0
0
1
4
.306
.360
.599
.959
3
0
1
0
1
2
4
.210
.279
.312
.591
3
0
0
0
0
1
4
.299
.324
.418
.742
3
0
1
0
0
0
3
.264
.296
.391
.687
3
0
0
0
0
3
3
.000
.083
.000
.083
3
0
0
0
0
2
3
.234
.265
.511
.776
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
.280
.308
.400
.708
   Tony Wolters PH-C
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
.328
.391
.431
.822
Team Totals
28
0
3
0
2
11
32
.107
.219
.107
.326
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 6/6/2017.

That's about all I have to say about that.

"So long, everybody!" - Herb Carneal

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