Interestingly enough, Pestano’s performance came in the exact same number of innings pitcher (62) as Feller, who was used as both a starter a reliever, back in 1936. Feller recorded 76 strikeouts (and 47 walks), while Pestano struck out 84 (with just 24 walks).
Josh Tomlin allowed two runs in seven innings of work on Tuesday night.
By going seven innings, Tomlin extended his streak of five-inning outings to 28 – tying Daisuke Matsuzaka for the longest streak to begin a career in MLB history.
Tomlin eclipsed the Indians team record long ago, which was 12, originally set by Steve Dunning in 1970.
It’s sort of an odd record, because it requires a pitcher to have made each of his first 28 appearances as a starter – which is rare. John Farrell, for example, holds the Tribe record for most consecutive five-inning starts to begin a career with 37. However, his debut came in a relief appearance, thus eliminating any chance he had of setting this particular record.
Don’t think this isn’t an impressive streak though. Over the past 20 seasons only four other Indians pitchers have made 28 consecutive starts without being knocked out before the 5th inning. The team record in that category is, of course, held by Bob Feller (76). And in the baseball-reference era, only 14 different Tribe pitchers have put together a longer streak than Tomlin.
Somehow I managed to miss this note the other day when Justin Masterson improved to 4-0 through his first four starts of the season.
With the win over the Royals, Masterson joined Cliff Lee (2008) and Bob Feller (1951) as the only Indians in the past 90 seasons to start the season with four consecutive wins while allowing two or fewer runs in each game. Both Lee and Feller would go on to win 22 games.