One of those weeks

Pitcher Matt Boyd was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays organization in 2013, and was assigned to the Class A Lansing Lugnuts. (I mention this because I just wanted to say “Lansing Lugnuts.”) He toiled in the minors for a season and a half, rising to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats (nearly as much fun as “Lansing Lugnuts”) and, last month, the Triple-A Buffalo Bison. (The Department of Redundancy Department says hello.) And then he was called up to The Show.

He lost his first start, against Texas: before being pulled in the seventh inning, he gave up four runs, but he struck out seven, tying the Jays record for strikeouts in a debut. Things got worse after that:

Blue Jays left-hander Matt Boyd failed to record an out in his start [Thursday] against the Red Sox.

Boyd allowed seven straight batters to reach base before being pulled. He walked one and gave up six hits in the frame, including back-to-back home runs from David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez. Liam Hendriks allowed two inherited runners to score after Blue Jays manager John Gibbons brought the hook, so Boyd ended up being charged with seven runs.

Boyd’s ERA, which was 5.40, is now 14.85.



  1. Roger Green »

    5 July 2015 · 5:32 am

    When I went to Yankee Stadium last month, I loved how the batting average changed with every AB, and the ERA was recalculated every out. Rookie pitcher had an ERA of 9.00 after the first inning, 4.5 after the second, and a respectable 3.00 after the third.

  2. CGHill »

    5 July 2015 · 11:29 am

    Getting people interested in statistics is at the very heart of baseball’s search for fans, as it was in the 1960s when kids like me wrote up box scores on the fly.

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