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Nine ‘Ace’ Pitchers Combined For A 9.97 ERA, 2.14 WHIP On Sunday

It works for baseball, too

By now, you’ve heard about all of the staff aces who got blow’d up on Sunday. David Price, Cole Hamels, Stephen Strasburg, Matt Cain and R.A. Dickey all allowed at least six earned runs. And there’s that really cool note about how Cain’s performance — nine earned runs, all in the fourth inning — hadn’t been replicated in Giants history since 1902.

But the offensive onslaughts got the best of some other great pitchers, too.

Jered Weaver, Yu Darvish, Yovani Gallardo, and Ian Kennedy combined to give up 16 earned runs in 22 innings and compiled a WHIP of 1.86. None of them were as spectacularly bad as anyone in the above quintet, but all were much less than what we expect from them.

Even more, Johnny Cueto wasn’t exactly sharp in his duel with Strasburg. That Nationals-Reds game was tied, 3-3, in the top of the second inning, and Cueto allowed 10 baserunners through six innings.

If you want to be really nitpicky, you could throw Justin Verlander into this crowd. He was much better than many of these guys — 7.1 innings, three earned. But you probably expected more out of him at home versus this edition of the Bronx Bombers. You certainly didn’t expect him to get owned by Francisco Cervelli and Jayson Nix (5-for-7, HR, 3 runs, 4 RBIs). It was Verlander’s first home loss since June 3, 2012, against the Yankees. But at least that lineup contained Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixiera, Nick Swisher, so it was a little more understandable than Sunday’s struggle.

Between the nine starters who really got hit around, you’ve got 16 All-Star appearances and 14 finishes inside the top 10 in the Cy Young voting. But, no, it was Justin Masterson and Jhoulys Chacin who were near-untouchable today.

Baseball: It’s back, and it’s just nuts.

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