You have to feel for Vin Mazzaro. The poor bastard gave up 14 earned runs over 2 1/3 innings Monday in Kansas City's 19-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
That outing was historically bad. No pitcher since 1919 had given up that many runs in that short of time. In fact, only three pitchers since 1947 have given up as many as 14 earned runs in a single appearance. Mazzaro is the not-so-proud owner of a 22.74 ERA, and his disastrous game earned him a demotion to Triple-A Omaha.
But cheer up, Vin! Maybe the Royals will call you up in time for their next series in Chicago the week of July 4. Hitting coach Greg Walker and the White Sox offense provide the cure for whatever ails a pitcher.
After all, Mazzaro is one of approximately 3.4 million pitchers to have earned his first career MLB victory against Walk and the boys over the last few years.
The date was June 2, 2009. Mazzaro was called up to make his big-league debut for the Oakland A's, and he tossed 6 1/3 innings of three-hit ball in a 5-0 victory over the White Sox.
And now look at him. He's a disaster. But if the Royals are smart, they'll allow him to pitch against the White Sox as quickly as possible. No matter how bad a pitcher is, it's nothing that some good ol' fashioned Walkerball can't fix.