Any time you set or tie a Major League record, you should probably celebrate. Something tells me Fausto Carmona won’t be celebrating his exceptional achievement from Opening Day.
In the Cleveland Indians’ home opener against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, Carmona turned in what might have been the worst Opening Day start in Major League history. Carmona went three-plus innings, and allowed 10 runs (all earned) on 11 hits, while walking one. He threw 88 pitches in that time, surrendered two home runs and finished the day with an ERA of 30.00. I’ll let you digest that last nugget for a second.
The 10 runs he allowed are tied for the most on Opening Day since 1919. The last pitcher to allow 10-plus runs in an opener was Early Wynn of the Washington Senators who accomplished the feat on April 19, 1948. In that game Wynn surrendered 12 runs but managed to pitch 8 1/3 innings.
Thanks to the hole Carmona dug them, the Indians found themselves down 14-0 after the top of the fourth inning. Cleveland did battle back before finally losing 15-10 to the White Sox.
It sure is going to be fun watching Carmona try to walk that 30.00 ERA back down over the next few months. Well, unless you’re an Indians fan.