The Vanimal Is Winning
The Phillies won their 13th consecutive Vance Worley start yesterday in a 6-4 victory over the Reds. I wrote yesterday the last rookie pitcher to have his team win 13 consecutive starts was Tom Filer, who pitched for the Cubs and Blue Jays from June 1982 to Aug. 1985.
(Filer spent the 1983-84 seasons in the Minors, maintaining his rookie eligibility in 1985.)
Of course, that didn’t feel like a legit stat. So Elias Sports Bureau found today the last rookie pitcher to have his team win 13 consecutive starts in one season:
Cincinnati’s Wayne Simpson in 1970, when the Reds won 14 consecutive of his starts.