Cubs ace Jake Arrieta had a bit of a rough outing yesterday with a lot of "first time in a long time" things going on. It had been a while since he had given up a first inning run or four earned runs in an appearance. But the Cubs' bats found their way back in St. Louis after a rough start to their road trip and helped Arrieta reach 9-0. It was his twentieth consecutive winning decision and the Cubs have won his last 23 regular season starts, tying the MLB record.
Today's featured ATCRCS card features a player with the opposite record.
From May 6, 1992 - July 24, 1993, Mets pitcher Anthony Young was on the losing end of 27 consecutive decisions. One of the major differences between Arrieta's streak and Young's though is that Young worked a lot out of the bullpen too. Fourteen of his losses came as a starter while 13 were in relief. And he wasn't even that bad. He converted 12 straight Saves and at one point had 23 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings during the streak.
He was traded to the Cubs prior to the 1994 season and went 7-10 with a 3.87 ERA in his two seasons with the team. His Cubs debut was a perfect inning of relief against his former team. His other 19 appearances that season were starts, while in 1995, he made just one start in his 32 outings.
I sent this card into a private signing I had heard about last year through SCN. While the signature is mostly A----y Y---g I do like that he added his number 16, one of four numbers he wore during his career but only during his time with the Cubs. He sported 33 and 19 with the Mets and 22 in his lone season with the Astros following his Cubs tenure. A lot of guys will sign their current number if they are active regardless of what they wore with a previous team, or the number they played the longest with.