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For the Record - Ernasty's Streak

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After the last Toronto game, Mr. Freeze said, "I'm going to give up a run soon... I know tomorrow or maybe the next day I'm going to give up a run – because I'm not perfect. I'm a human." It will take more than you giving up a run to convince me that you are a homo sapien, Ernesto. For the time being, I will just believe that the late inning nail-biting drama you've provided from time to time is all just an act to try to make us Angel fans feel a bit more comfortable, since that is the type of performance we expect from our closers. Good on you for understanding the history of your club. Anyway, back to the subject at hand... one of the bright spots that has been partially overlooked due to a Total Eclipse of the Trout this year is Frieri's scoreless innings streak (25.1 innings, if you include the last scoreless inning he threw in San Diego). In case you are curious (as I was) about the record for scoreless innings by a relief pitcher, it is 39. The record is shared by Al Benton (1949) and Brad Ziegler (2008), though Benton had broken time as a starter, in which he gave up runs. The record was nearly tied last year by Craig Kimbrel, but he came up 1.1 innings short. Hersheiser's record is pretty amazing, but his 59 innings includes facing guys a couple of times in a game, where you can see that "so-and-so can't hit the curveball tonight," or whatever. Relievers enter the game in a variety of situations, and may pitch on days where their arm might be sore or they aren't necessarily "in the zone." That's why I think the streak Frieri is on--whether he approaches the record or not--is pretty amazing. Keep it up, Mr. Freeze.
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