Thursday, January 30, 2014
#152 Rich DeLucia
1. DeLucia pitched into the ninth inning on September 18, 1990 for his first big league win in a 7-3 triumph over the Rangers. A leadoff homer by Pete Incaviglia in the ninth spoiled his chance for the complete game.
2. His best full-season performance came in 1995, while pitching in relief for St. Louis. He set a career high with 56 appearances, posting a 3.39 ERA.
3. How does an athlete know when he's through? Giving up three home runs in the span of five batters in your final career game puts a pretty fine point on it.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I can't believe this guy was only 27. That cheesy 'stache really ages him.
Bill James Said: "Mike Boddicker-type righthander, changes speeds off a fastball that would itself make a fine changeup." So I guess my eyes weren't playing tricks on me; Rich really wasn't a flamethrower.
On This Date in 1993: January 30. How about another Calvin and Hobbes strip? I used to accuse my sister of operating under that philosophy.