The fun and wonder of “one” in baseball stats – Pitching edition

Nine to Know: One One-ders Pitching edition

  1. Gonzalez Germen has appeared in 89 games and has just one win. Kyle Crockett has appeared in 74 games and has lost just once.
  2. Pitcher Chris Young has made 206 starts, but he only completed one.
  3. Scott Kazmir has made 271 starts and has three complete games, but only one shutout.
  4. Joe Thatcher has finished 77 games, but he only has one save.
  5. Amongst starters, Jered Weaver has pitched in 291 games and has one balk, Jon Lester has one balk in 285 games.
  6. Amongst relievers, Randy Choate has pitched in 672 games and has one balk, Jonathan Papelbon has one balk in 652 games.
  7. Choate appeared in 51 games last season in which he faced just one batter. Javy Lopez can top Choate because he appeared in six games last season in which he threw just one pitch.
  8. There were 11 pitchers who threw one pitch and picked up a win. Standing out were Tommy Layne and Keone Kela who threw a double play pitch resulting in two-thirds of an inning pitched on their one pitch.
  9. Ryan Mattheus is a true one-der because on August 31 he was pitching for the Reds and entered the game against the Cubs with runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the 5th. Kris Bryant singled up the middle, but the ball did not reach the outfield allowing one of Mattheus’ inherited runners to score. But then, Anthony Rizzo the runner on first was thrown out at third to end the inning. So on his one pitch, he gave up a hit, allowed a run to score, and got an out. But there’s more: the Reds entered the top of the 6th trailing 5-3, but in that inning Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer and then Adam Duvall, pinch-hitting for Mattheus, also hit a two-run homer giving the Reds a 7-5 lead that they would never relinquish going on to a 13-6 victory and giving Mattheus a very odd one pitch victory.