No Wins For Pitchers

I wrote a post on the ridiculous practice of assigning wins and losses to pitchers. How this nonsense got started is beyond me. I encourage you to read the post for my reasoning. In a nutshell, it is because a pitcher simply cannot win a game. In the American League especially, the best he can do is ‘not lose.’ Pitching is defense. Anyway, I am starting a crusade to convince MLB to stop this madness by amassing a pile of evidence illustrating how silly the practice can be. This page will serve as the exhibit pile that we can wave in indignant fury when the revolution comes.

As I start, I’m going to include those who toss at least six innings, allow less than two earned runs and yet have this fine effort be labeled as a “loss” on their record, a mark against them.  Then list those who produce a similarly fine effort and yet get a “no decision.” Finally, I am also going to list those who throw an inning or less and get credit for a “win” as well as those who throw a good inning or less and yet get saddled with a “loss.”

If the volume gets too cumbersome, I reserve the right to amend this criteria. Feel free, of course, to contribute. A revolution is no fun if no one comes along.

We The People, who love and support Major League Baseball, in order to form a more perfect Record Book…

PITCHED WELL BUT WAS AWARDED A “LOSS”

April 1 2013  Brett Anderson, Oakland A’s: 7 IP, 2 ER = “Loss” to the Mariners.
April 2, 2013  James Shields, Kansas City Royals: 6 IP, 1 ER = “Loss” to the White Sox.
April 4, 2013  James McDonald, Pittsburgh Pirates: 7 IP, 1 ER= “Loss” to the Cubs.
August 11, 2013  Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers: 8 IP, 2 ER = “L” to the Rangers.
April 5, 2013   Jake Westbrook, St. Louis Cardinals: 6.2 IP, 0 ER = “L” to Giants.
April 24, 2013  Andy Pettitte, New York Yankees:  6 IP, 2 ER = “L” to Rays.
PITCHED WELL BUT GOT A NO DECISION

August 11, 2013   Bettis, Colorado Rockies: 6 IP, 2 ER = ND v. Pirates
August 11, 2013   Kennedy, San Diego Padres: 8 IP,2 ER = ND v. Reds. Same game–Leake, Cincinnati Reds: 7 IP, 1 ER = ND v. Padres.

PITCHED POORLY BUT WAS AWARDED A “WIN”

April 12, 2013   J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays: 5 IP, 4 ER = “Win” over Royals.

HARDLY PITCHED BUT WAS AWARDED A “WIN”

August 11, 2013  Mariano Rivera, NY Yankees: 1 IP, 2 ER = “W” v. Detroit
August 11, 2013  Corpas, Colorado Rockies: 1 IP (9 pitches), 0 ER = “W” v. Pirates
August 11, 2013   Choate, St. Louis Cardinals: 1/3 IP (2 pitches), 0 ER = “W” v. Cubs
April 1, 2013  Jim Henderson, Milwaukee Brewers: 1 IP, 0 ER = “W” v. Rockies. In this same game, Adam Ottovino of the Rockies threw 2/3 IP, allowed a single ER yet was assigned a “Loss” despite the fact that his teammate Wilton Lopez pitched one inning and allowed three ER.
April 5, 2013   Tanner Scheppers, Rangers: 1 IP, 0 ER = “W” v. Angels.
April 5, 2013   Bruce Chen, Kansas City Royals: 1 IP, 0 ER = “W” v. Phillies.
April 5, 2013   Junichi Tazawa, Boston Red Sox: 1 IP, 1 ER = BS & “W” v. Blue Jays.
April 13, 2013  Junichi Tazawa, Boston Red Sox: 1 IP, 0 ER = “W” v. Rays.
April 22, 2013  Jim Johnson, Baltimore Orioles: 1 IP, 0 ER = “W” v. Blue Jays.
April 11, 2013  Brian Matusz, Baltimore Orioles:  2/3 IP, 0 ER = “W” v. Red Sox.
April 20, 2013  Darren O’Day, Baltimore Orioles:  2/3 IP, 0 ER = “W” v. Dodgers.
April 10, 2013   Darren O’Day, Baltimore Orioles:  1 IP, 0 ER = “W” v. Red Sox.
April 18, 2013   Troy Patton, Baltimore Orioles:  1 IP, 0 ER = “W” v. Rays.
April 20, 2013  Shawn Kelley, New York Yankees: 2/3 IP, 0 ER = “W” v. Blue Jays.
April 28, 2013   Boone Logan, New York Yankees:  1 IP, 0 ER = “W” v. Blue Jays.
April 23, 2013  David Robertson, New York Yankees:  1 IP, 0 ER = “W” v. Rays.
April 3, 2013 Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay Rays: 1 IP, 1 ER = BS & “W” v. Orioles.
April 21, 2013  Brett Cecil, Toronto Blue Jays: 1.1 IP, 0 ER = “W” v. Yankees.
April 10, 2013  Aaron Loup, Toronto Blue Jays: 1 IP, 0 ER = “W” v. Tigers.

DIDN’T DESERVE A LOSS

April 22, 2013  Aaron Loup, Toronto Blue Jays: .2 IP, 0 ER = “Loss” to Orioles.
April 20, 2013  Aaron Loup, Toronto Blue Jays: 1 IP, 0 ER = “Loss” to Yankees.
April 28, 2013    Pedro Strop, Baltimore Orioles:  1/3 IP, 0 ER = “Loss” to  A’s.
April 13, 2013  Brandon Gomes, Tampa Bay Rays:  2/3 IP, 0 ER = “Loss” to Red Sox.
April 24, 2013  Esmil Rogers, Toronto Blue Jays:  1 IP, 0 ER = “Loss” to Orioles.

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