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Best pitchers in debut matchups

Posted by John Autin
Since 1919, there have been 14 games in which each starting pitcher was making his MLB debut. Here are some of the most notable ones.

Richard fans 15, tying Karl Spooner's debut record.

Willoughby had an 8-year career, mostly in relief. He's best known as the hard-luck losing pitcher in game 3 of the 1975 World Series; he was on the mound for Ed Armbrister's controversial bunt in front of home plate that Carlton Fisk threw away after colliding with Armbrister, setting up the winning run.
Combined wins: 133
Combined WAR: 25.9

Carroll (no relation to his teammate Clay) got the best of this one, but Forsch would post a 123 ERA+ in 100 rookie innings. Carroll won just 8 games in his 2 seasons.
Combined wins: 176
Combined WAR: 17.1

Kramer got the jump with a CG win, but Trout would have the better rookie year and career.
Combined wins: 265
Combined WAR: 52.6

Both were knocked out in the 3rd.
Ellis would be first to the 20-win plateau, going 22-10 in 1965, while Perry won 21 the following year.
Combined wins: 377
Combined WAR: 102.8

Honorable Mentions:

Ripple-Gassaway, Sept. 25, 1944
The only big-league start for Ripple. (He was not related to Jimmy Ripple, whose 8-year career ended the year before.)
Philly's lineup was chock-full of great names that day, if not great players: Moon Mullen, Buster Adams, Coaker Triplett, Johnny Peacock, Granny Hamner, Putsy Caballero....

In a doubleheader nightcap on the last day of the season, 19-year-old Darwin of the Angels got roughed up and lost to Cleveland's Weaver. It would be the only start of Darwin's career, but 10 years later he was back in the majors as Minnesota's starting CF, hitting 22 HRs with a 123 OPS+ in his first full season.
Combined age of Darwin and Weaver: 41 yrs., 2 days.

The 19-year-old McLain goes the distance and hits what will be his only home run in 709 career PAs, a game-tying shot in the 5th.

Nate Cornejo vs. Joaquin Benoit, August 8, 2001
Ten years later, Benoit was a posteason star for the team that smacked him around in his big-league debut, having outlasted all 18 Tigers who played that day.

Atlanta's Parr picks up his only MLB win with 6 scoreless innings.

Rookies who made the rotation in spring training square off in the 4th game of the year. Romero earns the win, backed by HRs from Aaron Hill and Adam Lind (who would each finish with 35+ HRs).
Combined wins: 80
Combined WAR: 15

Dillon Gee vs. Yunesky Maya, Sept. 7, 2010
Willie Harris homers to break up Gee's no-hitter in the 6th.

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