ST. LOUIS - Remember when Jonathan Sanchez threw that no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants back in 2009?
Either does Jonathan Sanchez.
The Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher for Friday nights game against the Cardinals may have hit rock bottom after getting tossed just 17 pitches into the bottom of the first inning in St. Louis.
It all started when Sanchez gave up back-to-back home runs to Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran, the first two batters of the game. Matt Holliday then followed with a single.
The fourth man up, Allen Craig, stepped to the plate and was promptly hit with a 92-mph 4-seam fastball in his left shoulder. Home plate umpire Tim Timmons didnt even waste his time with a warning and immediately ejected Sanchez from the game. Buccos manager Clint Hurdle came out to argue only to be eventually sent for an early shower as well.
Sanchezs brief stint on the mound marked the 18thstaight start in which he has gone without a win and the 27th consecutive start in which he pitched 6 innings or less.
Think thats bad? It gets worse.
After the dreadful performance in St. Louis, the left-hander now currently ranks last in the NL in ERA (12.71), innings pitched per start (2.83), opponents OPS (1.307) and WHIP (2.65). To put that into context, if his WHIP held up throughout a full season, it would be the worst in baseball history. Mike Morrison currently holds that honor at 2.51 - accomplished all the way back in 1887 with the Cleveland Spiders.
Thankfully for Sanchez and the Buccos its only April and there is plenty of time to turn it around.
After all, things couldnt possibly get any worse. Literally.