Three pitchers have made 8+ home starts and have no wins

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

Player GS W L QS IP H ER R BB K HR ERA WHIP K/9 P IP/G
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