On Thursday September 18, as the Boston Red Sox fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2, Brandon Workman was handed his tenth consecutive loss of the year — dropping his record to 1-10. His only win this year came back on June 10th.
Despite the uproar, Workman tossed a solid outing his last time out, going five strong allowing two earned runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking three. He was not too economical with his pitches, needing 95 to go five innings, but he stayed out of trouble for the most part and lowered his ERA by 0.10 on the year.
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Although his 5.17 ERA on the year in 19 appearances, 15 of which are starts, is not great, he is not a guy who should have only one win and ten losses.
For example, with some run support, Workman easily could have earned the win last night allowing just two earned runs. On the day, his team only managed to get two total.
A no decision he pitched in earlier this month on the fourth against New York easily could have been a win as well. He was nothing special, but allowed three earned on six innings of work meaning with some run support, the tall righty easily could have got the W.
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The list goes on and on of times Brandon Workman could have got the win this year and did not, but luck just has not been on his side. On that note, certainly he has not been getting the run support he deserves.
On the contrary, his record is 7-1 in Pawtucket which may seem all well and good, but he definitely did not pitch too well there. A 4.11 ERA in 11 minor league starts in which he has surrendered 10 homeruns does not constitute such a high winning percentage, but luckily Workman played for the Paw Sox — the second best AAA team in all of baseball.
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The one win Workman has gotten this year was the result of an absolutely beautiful outing in 6.2 innings, he allowed only a single hit and took a no-hitter into the sixth. A rain delay prevented him from hurling a complete game, but this time he did indeed get the well deserved win.