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January 25, 2013 5:00 am
The times when pitchers threw way too many balls and not nearly enough strikes.
Continuing with The Month In Pitchers Not Throwing Strikes, we're moving on to what will likely be the final installment: the wildest outings of the year. This one is simple enough, looking at the pitchers who threw the most pitches in an outing in order to get (x) strikes. There will be stories told, tangents taken, distractions followed, connections made, charts displayed, and perhaps a GIF or so.
Wildest outing of the year: zero strikes.
There were 15 pitchers this year who entered a game, exited a game, and threw no strikes in between. Three merely issued intentional walks; an additional nine unintentionally walked their lone assignment; and two—Tanner Scheppers and Randy Choate—hit the first batter they faced on the first pitch they threw and were promptly removed. Maybe you think those two, Scheppers and Choate, should be the winners in this category, but that's not how we're doing it, so Jamey Wright wins, instead. Wright threw eight pitches, all balls.