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Tim Stauffer’s Tuesday Start Was Not A Walk In The Park. It Was Several

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San Diego Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer has a pretty good idea of where the ball’s going when he’s on the bump. Going into last night’s start, he had walked 43 batters in 166 innings pitched. He walked 24 in 82.2 innings last season. So, you know, he’s got pretty good control.

But last night, he turned into Rick Ankiel, circa 2000-01. OK, maybe he didn’t miss that badly, but he certainly missed a lot.

Stauffer walked seven Dodgers and only got five outs. He walked six in the second inning alone, including pitcher Hiroki Kuroda with the bases loaded and three consecutive batters in a span of 14 pitches. He threw just 25 strikes in 61 pitches and became the 11th pitcher to walk a lucky seven in a game this season. But all of those guys reached at least the fifth inning; Stauffer couldn’t get out of the second.

Stauffer became the 19th pitcher since 1919 to walk at least seven batters in less than two innings pitched. And man, look at some of the names on that list! Do you remember how bad Daniel Cabrera was? Or how Russ Ortiz won 21 games in 2003 despite walking more than 100 batters? Ben McDonald! William VanLandingham!! Bob Feller, who is one of the 16 players to ever walk more than 200 batters in a single season. That is some tasty stuff.

And thanks to Anthony Bass, who relieved Staffer after that seventh walk and then gave up a grand slam on his first pitch, Stauffer is also just the fifth pitcher since 1919 to allow at least seven runs while pitching so few innings and giving up that many walks.

But hey, at least he didn’t give up that many hits. In fact, Stauffer was so busy throwing pure junk, he gave up just one hit. We’ve had a few guys — Edwin Jackson and A.J. Burnett jump to mind — throw no-hitters while issuing walks without care. But they didn’t give up seven earned runs to go with it. Thus, Stauffer became just the third pitcher since 1919 to allow seven runs in three or fewer innings on no more than one hit. The Cubs’ Ryan Dempster actually did it twice: In 2001 with the Marlins and 2003 with the Reds.

I don’t expect this to happen to Stauffer again unless, like Ankiel, it becomes more of a mental than physical problem. There’s reason to expect that either, but there was no reason to expect he would match the Dodgers’ attendance in walks in one start.

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