Faaaascinating matchup of starting pitchers in the first game of Saturday’s Mets/Cubs twinbill, as Marcus Stroman (No. 0) faced No. 99 (Taijuan Walker). I’m not sure if this has happened before — I feel like it probably has, although I’m not 100% certain of that — but it at least ties the mark for the largest gap between uni numbers for a pair of starting pitchers.
“Wait a minute,” you might say, “what about No. 00 and No. 99? Wouldn’t that be the largest possible gap?” I suppose you could make that argument, but I disagree. In my mind, zero is lower that double-zero.
And here’s another tidbit from that Mets/Cubs game: Mets reliever Adam Ottavino, who wears No. 0, appeared later in the game, so both teams had a zero-clad pitcher. I’m pretty sure that’s never happened before in the same game. Unfortunately, Stroman had already been taken out by the time Ottavino entered the game, so the teams didn’t have zero-clad pitchers in the game at the same time. That’s a distinction they can shoot for in mid-September, when the Cubbies are scheduled to play a series in New York.