Carmona channeling his inner Dave Otto

In the baseball-reference searchable era (1919-present) only 11 Indians starters have yielded 10 or more runs in a game, the most recent, of course, being Fausto Carmona.

Carmona followed up that forgettable performance with seven innings of shutout ball against the Red Sox today. If you think that’s a rare turn of events you would be very much correct.

Of the previous 10 Tribesmen to allow 10 runs in a start, only Dave Otto bounced back with a shutout performance in his next start. On May 9, 1992 Otto was shelled for 10 runs against the Twins. After the game Otto was placed on the DL with tendinitis in his shoulder, but returned just over two weeks later on May 26 to face the A’s.

In that next outing Otto would shutdown the A’s, who would go on the win the AL West, holding them scoreless in six innings of work. And, just as they did against the Red Sox, the Tribe won 1-0 – powered by a solo home run off the bat of Mark Lewis.

More on Carmona from the AP: He’s the first major league pitcher in 106 years to allow 10 or more runs in his first start of a season and then no runs in his next start, without relief appearances between those games. The last pitcher to do that was a guy named Dick Harley for the 1905 Boston Beaneaters. [Fun fact: those were actually the first two starts of Harley’s career, and he made only two more.]

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