Before his perfect game in April, Philip Humber had an unremarkable career. He made 26 appearances total between 2006 and 2010 with three different teams. He was 9-9 last season with the White Sox while posting a good 3.75 ERA.
This year he has made 5 starts.
In 4 of the 5 starts his record is 0-2.
In those starts he has let up 21 earned runs, 27 hits and 14 walks in 13 2/3 innings. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s a 13.83 ERA.
In 80% of his starts, he is putting up numbers that would send him to AAA or be designated for assignment.
And yet in that fifth start, he got everything right.
No, I mean it. He got EVERYTHING right.
Stuck in the middle of those awful numbers is his perfect game against Seattle.
So that is either a heartwarming tale of how even the most unlikely player can become a hero for a day in baseball… or a testament of how unbelievably awful the Mariners lineup is.