A's rookie Vince Mazzaro tossed 6.1 shutout innings against the White Sox in his MLB debut last week and followed that up with 7.1 scoreless innings against the Orioles yesterday afternoon.
Mazzaro becomes just the ninth pitcher since 1954 to begin his career by allowing zero runs in back-to-back starts of at least six innings. No pitcher during the past 55 years has turned in three such starts to begin a career, so he'll try to become the first to do so Friday against the Giants.
Unfortunately for Mazzaro, the other eight guys who've tossed shutout ball in back-to-back starts to begin their careers aren't exactly the greatest company: Scott Lewis, James Parr, Carlos Hernandez, Vaughn Eshelman, Dave Ford, Larry McWilliams, Tom Phoebus, Karl Spooner.
McWilliams leads that group with a 78-90 career record and as a rookie was the starting pitcher when the Braves snapped Pete Rose's 44-game hitting streak in 1978. Phoebus ranks second with a 56-52 record, which includes a no-hitter against the Red Sox in 1968. And the other six guys have just 44 career wins between them.