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OUT OF POSITION

THE SIGHT OF NON-PITCHERS ON THE MOUND IS MORE COMMON THAN EVER, AND THE RESULTS ARE MIXED
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BB: 27

WORST: 4

CARLOS GOMEZ (TB)

BATTERS TOOK 90.5% OF HIS PITCHES

BEST: 0

JESUS SUCRE (TB)

FACED 7 BATTERS; ALLOWED 4 HITS

WHIP: 1.90

BEST: 0.00

MATT DAVIDSON (CWS)

OVER 2 GAMES, FACED 6 BATTERS

WORST:15.00

DREW BUTERA (KC)

GAVE UP 2 HITS, 3 WALKS BEFORE GETTING AN OUT

IP: 46 1/3

HIGH: 3 1/3

HERNAN PEREZ (MIL)

THREW 72 PITCHES OVER 3 GAMES

LOW: 1/3

ANTHONY RIZZO (CHC)

THREW ONLY 2 PITCHES BUT GOT ONE OUT

ERA: 10.50

BEST: 0.00

ALEX AVILA (ARI)

FACED 7 BATTERS; ALLOWED ONE HIT

WORST: 81.00

KIKE HERNANDEZ (LAD)

GAVE UP 3 RUNS IN 1/3 INNING AND EARNED A LOSS

SO: 18

BEST: 2

ALEX BLANDINO (CIN)

STRUCK OUT 2 IN 1 INNING

HR: 19

WORST: 2

JOSE REYES (NYM)

GAVE UP 2 HOMERS ON 48 PITCHES

VELOCITY: 78.8 MPH

FASTEST: 90.7 MPH

J.D. DAVIS (HOU)

THREW 9 PITCHES

SLOWEST: 62.7 MPH

GREG GARCIA (STL)

THREW 10 PITCHES

Through Aug. 5, a record 39 position players had appeared on the mound in a record 49 games. This is either a sign of managers reluctant to dole out premium pitchers in lopsided affairs or a sudden influx of would-be Ohtanis around the league. The data indicate the former: Combined they have an ERA north of 10.0. This is not to say that they've all been busts. Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval pitched a perfect ninth against the Dodgers on April 28 and Reds third baseman Alex Blandino fanned a pair of Indians in a 19--4 loss on July 11. Still, it's safe to say no one is quitting their day jobs.