Oakland AthleticsLike the Cincinnati Reds, blew up their team before the start of the 2022 season.
Now, they find themselves with the worst record in the American League at 42–75.
This equates to a very meager .359 win percentage.
And when something good happens, there always seems to be something bad that cancels it out.
Case and point: when the quality starts in their starting pitcher.
Because of their reduced offense, the A are 12-21 when their starters concede three or fewer runs in at least six innings.
This is .364 winning percentage.
The last team to win below .400 in a season when pitchers’ quality began was the Athletics themselves in 1919, when they played in Philadelphia.
The Oakland Athletics are 12-21 (.364) this season when it comes to the quality of their starting pitcher (6.0+ IP, 3 ER or less).
The last time an MLB team had a win percentage of less than .400 on a quality start was the 1919 Philadelphia Athletics (26-40, .394).
— Stats by Stats (@StatsBySTATS) 17 August 2022
Good starting pitch with an anemic offense
There’s nothing like mixing up franchise records in a negative way.
There may soon be two teams in the athletics’ franchise history that had disappointing records when they had a good start.
In 1919, he posted a .394 winning percentage when the quality of his starters started, 26-40.
It’s about as bad as it gets, and it could get worse this year.
Almost nothing has gone well this season in Oakland.
The organization sold off its best players and has now pulled itself out of the race after the season.
Looks like he left before the season even started, which he technically did.
But when your pitchers pitch well, your offense needs to show and be supported.
Starting pitchers need run support, especially when they pitch well.
If they don’t have it, they will very often find themselves on the wrong end of the pitcher’s duel.
No pitcher wants to be a hard-luck loser, but for A starters, that’s exactly what happened this season.