Guys and gals…on August 1, our big free agent signing will have an ERA north of 7.00.

That’s scary.

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8 Responses

  1. DevilsAdvocate

    …and yet still has enough innings to qualify for the ERA title. What’s the record for highest ERA ever by those with at least 162 IP? Or maybe most runs given up, period, without the innings requirement?

  2. Chris

    I do think he’s pitched a lot better the last few weeks (including last night).

  3. DevilsAdvocate

    Unfortunately, “better” means “about as good as last year” for Milton. That will help the Reds, but that level of performance (4.75 ERA) isn’t worth what O’Brien gave him. And it also won’t bring his season numbers down very much. A 4.00 ERA the rest of the way might bring it down to 6.00 even, depending on how many innings he eats.

    Nevertheless, with the Reds’ run-scoring ability they will do quite well the rest of the way if he can continue pitching 6 or more innings and allowing 2-4 runs. I’m really rooting for him.

  4. Joel

    I’m surprised Brian hasn’t posted this yet:
    (all numbers since 1900)
    Highest ERA – Leo Sweetland (1930 Phillies) – 7.71 (2.74 above league average)

    Highest ERA (Reds) – Herm Wehmeier (1950) – 5.67 (1.53 above league average)

    Doubt Milton will get the league record, but the Reds record looks to be his.

  5. Jim McCullough

    Milton got real shafted by lady luck and Bellisle’s weak relief appearance.

  6. Greg

    Milton gave up a single then a double to lead off the seventh inning, leaving runners at 2nd and 3rd with no one out. Doesn’t seem like he left the bullpen much room for error.

  7. Brian B.

    Yeah, but then Belisle let them score and then gave up a few more hits of his own. Not exactly what you hope for.

  8. Greg

    I’m not defending how badly Belisle stunk. I am saying that if you exit a game with runners on 2nd and 3rd and no one out, I think the chances of having neither of them score is quite uncommon. A groundout or flyout could lead to a run. A single could lead to 2 runs.