The Oakland Athletics signed four-time all star Ben Sheets in the offseason to a one-year deal worth $10 million to be the ace of their young rotation. Sheets didn't throw a pitch last season after undergoing elbow surgery, so all eyes are on the righthander this spring to see how he bounces back. The early results are not encouraging:
On Monday Sheets failed to get out of the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds. His final line: 0.0 IP, 8 hits, 10 runs, 9 ER, BB and HR. That bumped his spring totals to 4.1 IP, 17 hits, 18 runs, 15 ER and an ERA of 31.15.
For some perspective, Baseball Reference shows that Sheets has allowed at least 10 runs and 9 earned runs in a regular season game only twice in his major league career, and he pitched 5.1 and 6.0 innings in those two outings. In addition, Sheets has NEVER appeared in a regular season game where he did not record an out.
And according to the Elias Sports Bureau, NO pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) has ever allowed 10 runs without getting an out in an MLB regular season game. The modern-era record is 8, done five times, most recently by Paul Wilson in 2005.
John Fisher and Mark Simon contributed.