Monday, May 07, 2012
Humber's losses are an indictment of the Mariners
Before his perfect game in April, Philip Humber had an unremarkable career. He made 26 appearances total between 2006 and 2010 with three different teams. He was 9-9 last season with the White Sox while posting a good 3.75 ERA.
This year he has made 5 starts.
In 4 of the 5 starts his record is 0-2.
In those starts he has let up 21 earned runs, 27 hits and 14 walks in 13 2/3 innings. For those of you keeping score at home, that's a 13.83 ERA.
In 80% of his starts, he is putting up numbers that would send him to AAA or be designated for assignment.
And yet in that fifth start, he got everything right.
No, I mean it. He got EVERYTHING right.
Stuck in the middle of those awful numbers is his perfect game against Seattle.
So that is either a heartwarming tale of how even the most unlikely player can become a hero for a day in baseball... or a testament of how unbelievably awful the Mariners lineup is.
You make the call.