This Day in Baseball History: August 17th, 1968

Raise your hands if you got screwed.

On April 17, 1968:

Jim McAndrew begins to question his team’s offense.

The 1967 New York Mets were horrible, losing over 100 games. The 1969 Mets won 100 games and went on to take the World Series in a dramatic turn of fortunes for the team. The 1968 Mets? Well, they were pretty bad as they lost 89 games. When a team loses that many games, rookies tend to get a chance here and there, and 24-year old Jim McAndrew was one of the beneficiaries.

McAndrew would go on to pitch for 7 seasons, but he only won 37 games. His ERA+ was an almost perfectly average 98. But his career began well enough from the perspective of his pitching. On July 21, 1968, McAndrew went 6 innings in his debut, giving up 1 run on 6 hits. During his second start, this time on August 4, McAndrew had a more difficult time as he only went 4.2 innings. Six days later, McAndrew went 7 innings while giving up 1 run on 6 hits and 5 walks. A week after, he went 7 more innings and gave up 6 more hits and 1 more run. Not absolutely spectacular, but it’s not bad at all. He went on to post a 2.28 ERA for the year (a rather good year for pitchers) in 12 games.

In all of that, you’d expect him to win a game or at least get a no-decision. Hell, you’d expect his team to at least score a run. However, neither of which happened. McAndrew lost his first 4 decisions 2-0, 2-0, 1-0, and 1-0 in what is unofficially the unluckiest run to begin a career. At 2.9 runs a game, the Mets were the second-worst offense in the NL, and they did absolutely nothing to help McAndrew start his career. In another trivia note, his first 3 starts were parts of double-headers.

Trivia Time
Drafted in the first ever draft, McAndrew was taken in what round?

Thursday’s Answer –> Columbia

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One Response to “This Day in Baseball History: August 17th, 1968”

  1. Jorge Says No! Says:

    Words can't describe just how bad those mets teams were…69 was really a miracle

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