The Wild Pitch Was Jo-el’s Kryptonite Report

by Bill Chuck on October 9, 2013

It was the top of the 7th inning last night, although with all the managerial machinations viewers must have felt that is was the 17th inning. Boston rookie Xander Bogaerts, showing patience well beyond his 21 years, drew a pinch-hit walk with one out off the Rays’ Jake McGee. He went to third when Jacoby Ellsbury started the cash register bells ringing in agent Scott Boras’ ears with a bloop single.

Then came the moment of the game: Joe Maddon brought in his sixth pitcher of the night, Joel Peralta.

Peralta’s first pitch, bounced in the dirt past catcher Jose Lobaton, allowing the tying run to score, and as Ellsbury was stealing second on the pitch he continued to third as the ball rolled toward the backstop, Boras called his doctor complaining about tinnitis from the ka-chings.

Shane Victorino then beat out a slow chopper to short enabling Ellsbury to score the go-ahead run and set them on a course for ALCS.

But, it was the wild pitch that did in the pitcher from Krypton.

Peralta has thrown 19 regular season wild pitches

Year Tm G IP WP
2005 LAA 28 34.2 2
2006 KCR 64 73.2 5
2007 KCR 62 87.2 2
2008 KCR 40 52.2 1
2009 COL 27 24.2 0
2010 WSN 39 49.0 0
2011 TBR 71 67.2 3
2012 TBR 76 67.0 5
2013 TBR 80 71.1 1
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2013 Wild Pitch leaders

Rk Player WP Tm G IP
1 Trevor Cahill 17 ARI 26 146.2
2 Matt Moore 17 TBR 27 150.1
3 Edinson Volquez 16 TOT 33 170.1
4 C.J. Wilson 14 LAA 33 212.1
5 Edwin Jackson 14 CHC 31 175.1
6 Felix Hernandez 13 SEA 31 204.1
7 Wade Miley 13 ARI 33 202.2
8 Patrick Corbin 13 ARI 32 208.1
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Top 10

All-time Wild Pitch

Really good pitchers throw wild pitches (and so does Joel Peralta)

Rk Player WP From To G IP Tm
1 Nolan Ryan 277 1966 1993 807 5386.0 NYM-CAL-HOU-TEX
2 Phil Niekro 226 1964 1987 864 5404.0 MLN-ATL-NYY-CLE-TOT
3 Jack Morris 206 1977 1994 549 3824.0 DET-MIN-TOR-CLE
4 Tommy John 187 1963 1989 760 4710.1 CLE-CHW-LAD-NYY-TOT-CAL
5 Steve Carlton 183 1965 1988 741 5217.2 STL-PHI-TOT-MIN
6 Charlie Hough 179 1970 1994 858 3801.1 LAD-TOT-TEX-CHW-FLA
7 Joe Niekro 172 1967 1988 702 3584.1 CHC-TOT-DET-ATL-HOU-NYY-MIN
8 Gaylord Perry 160 1962 1983 777 5350.0 SFG-CLE-TOT-TEX-SDP-ATL-SEA
9 Red Ames 156 1903 1919 533 3198.0 NYG-TOT-CIN-STL
10 Walter Johnson 154 1907 1927 802 5914.1 WSH
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