29 starts into his career and with an awe-astounding ERA+ of 93, Josh Tomlin can now consider himself the Major League leader in outings lasting at least five innings to begin a career. The previous record holder was Daisuke Matsuzaka, everyone’s least favorite pitcher for his ability to last five innings and make it seem like nine. Congrats, Josh.
Matthew Pouliet ran the numbers, and here is the rest of the field:
- Josh Tomlin – 29 (2009-10)
- Daisuke Matsuzaka – 28 (2007)
- Steve Rogers – 24 (1973-74)
- Runelvys Hernandez – 21 (2002-03)
- Chris Nabolz – 21 (1990-91)
- Barry Zito – 20 (2000-01)
- Howard Ehmke – 20 (1919)
Of course, the key word here is outings, so any starters who either began in relief or made a relief appearance during the course of their stretch are excluded. Still, any list that features Runelvys Hernandez is a list worth seeing.