Seven-time All-Star Chris Sale, four-time All-Star Yu Darvish, and Tigers’ rookie Spencer Turnbull have combined for 25 starts in their respective home ballparks and are a combined 0-9 this season. And while wins and losses are not the way to judge a pitcher, when you get to extremes, such as this, it does seem to have some meaning.
Turnbull has made nine career starts at Comerica and is 0-5. No biggie, the Tigers are really not a good team.
Yu Darvish has been a plague since he joined the Cubs going 3-7 in 25 starts overall with a 4.97 ERA. His fans (and I use the term loosely) have never seen him win in 14 starts at Wrigley as he has gone 0-5 with a 5.64 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.
Then there is the strikeout machine known as Chris Sale. Since July 12, 2018, Sale has made 12 Fenway starts pitching 61.0 innings, striking out 97 (that’s a K/9 rate of 14.31). He has a 3.69 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP but has a record of 0-2. I’ll leave it to you to decide whether that is a big deal or not. And if you are ready to dismiss it, here’s another consideration. In his last four home starts in 2018, he had a 1.84 ERA in a mere 14.2 IP. In his eight starts this season in front of Red Sox Nation, in 46.1 IP, he has a 4.27 ERA. Ready to reconsider?
The 2018 Winless at Home
|Chris Sale (BOS)||8||0||2||3||46.1||39||22||26||14||76||6||4.27||1.14||14.76||800||5.2|
|Yu Darvish (CHC)||9||0||3||1||47.2||45||33||35||26||53||12||6.23||1.49||10.01||821||5.1|
|Spencer Turnbull (DET)||8||0||4||3||42.0||49||19||26||15||44||4||4.07||1.52||9.43||737||5.1|