Yesterday we saw start # 2 for Thomas Diamond. It’s safe to say that it didn’t quite go as well as the first start. That got me curious about some first career starts for the Cubs. I put together a list of the first career games for starting pitchers for the Cubs since 1990 and ranked them by game score below.

Player Date Opp IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
Shawn Boskie 1990-05-20 HOU 9.0 5 1 1 1 6 1 117 76 78
Amaury Telemaco 1996-05-16 HOU 7.0 1 0 0 4 6 0 111 68 77
Ryan O’Malley 2006-08-16 HOU 8.0 5 0 0 6 2 0 109 60 68
Frank Castillo 1991-06-27 PIT 8.0 5 2 2 1 2 0 99 64 65
Steve Trachsel 1993-09-19 FLA 7.0 4 2 2 1 5 1 109 68 65
Juan Cruz 2001-08-21 MIL 6.0 3 2 2 1 8 0 84 52 65
Mark Prior 2002-05-22 PIT 6.0 4 2 2 2 10 1 103 65 64
Bob Scanlan 1991-05-07 HOU 7.0 5 1 0 3 1 0 93 58 63
Kyle Farnsworth 1999-04-29 FLA 6.0 6 2 1 1 5 1 92 60 58
Thomas Diamond 2010-08-03 MIL 6.0 7 3 3 3 10 0 122 77 53
Scott Downs 2000-04-09 CIN 6.1 5 3 3 6 4 2 108 59 49
Geremi Gonzalez 1997-05-27 PIT 5.1 6 3 3 3 6 1 96 59 47
Lance Dickson 1990-08-09 STL 6.0 8 3 3 1 3 0 82 52 46
Kerry Wood 1998-04-12 MON 4.2 4 4 4 3 7 0 102 62 44
John Koronka 2005-06-01 LAD 5.0 6 3 3 3 4 1 98 64 44
Angel Guzman 2006-04-26 FLA 5.0 6 3 3 4 5 1 87 52 44
Juan Mateo 2006-08-03 (2) ARI 5.0 6 3 2 3 2 0 88 54 44
Phil Norton 2000-08-03 SDP 5.0 5 4 3 4 4 1 91 52 43
Sean Marshall 2006-04-09 STL 4.1 4 4 4 1 2 1 65 42 40
Joey Nation 2000-09-23 STL 5.1 6 5 5 6 6 1 103 53 36
Turk Wendell 1993-06-17 STL 3.2 8 5 5 2 2 0 69 41 25
Carlos Zambrano 2001-08-20 (2) MIL 4.0 4 7 7 4 3 1 70 41 25
Brian McNichol 1999-09-07 (2) CIN 4.0 8 6 6 3 4 3 89 47 23
Steve Smyth 2002-08-06 SFG 3.0 6 7 7 1 2 2 66 38 20
Sergio Mitre 2003-07-22 ATL 3.2 10 8 8 3 0 1 70 40 6
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Generated 8/6/2010.

Diamond’s game, while not at the top of the list, was the first time a pitcher had struck out 10 in his debut since Mark Prior did it. That got me thinking about the worst outings ever for the Cubs in their big league debut as a starter. Here is what I found:

Player Date Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR GSc
Sergio Mitre 2003-07-22 ATL L 4-8 3.2 10 8 8 3 0 1 6
Fred Fussell 1922-09-23 (1) BSN L 4-8 7.0 14 8 7 5 2 0 16
Steve Engel 1985-07-30 STL L 3-11 3.0 6 6 6 5 1 1 19
Steve Smyth 2002-08-06 SFG L 10-11 3.0 6 7 7 1 2 2 20
Don Elston 1953-09-17 PHI L 4-16 3.0 8 6 6 0 1 0 20
Brian McNichol 1999-09-07 (2) CIN L 3-10 4.0 8 6 6 3 4 3 23
Carlos Zambrano 2001-08-20 (2) MIL L 2-10 4.0 4 7 7 4 3 1 25
Turk Wendell 1993-06-17 STL L 10-11 3.2 8 5 5 2 2 0 25
John Flavin 1964-08-25 HOU L 4-5 2.1 6 5 5 2 2 0 25
Dick Burwell 1960-09-13 CIN L 6-8 5.0 6 6 6 3 0 2 28
Johnny Klippstein 1950-05-03 PHI L 2-5 4.0 9 4 4 2 2 2 28
Charlie Gassaway 1944-09-25 (1) PHI W 7-6 8.0 13 6 6 7 4 1 29
George Stueland 1921-09-15 PHI L 3-6 4.0 6 5 5 3 2 0 29
Dick Ellsworth 1958-06-22 (1) CIN L 2-6 2.1 4 4 4 3 0 0 30
Drew Hall 1986-09-14 PIT L 2-9 4.0 4 5 5 4 1 0 31
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Generated 8/9/2010.

And just cause you know you’re curious, here are the worst debuts for any team since 1920:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR GSc
1 Arnie Munoz 2004-06-19 CHW MON L 14-17 3.0 10 11 11 3 1 2 -7
2 Mike Busby 1996-04-07 STL ATL L 3-13 4.0 9 13 8 4 4 4 2
3 John Stephens 2002-07-30 BAL TBD L 3-10 3.0 10 9 9 1 1 3 3
4 Jim Johnson 2006-07-29 BAL CHW L 11-13 3.0 9 8 8 3 0 1 6
5 Casey Daigle 2004-04-09 ARI STL L 6-13 2.2 10 8 8 0 0 5 6
6 Sergio Mitre 2003-07-22 CHC ATL L 4-8 3.2 10 8 8 3 0 1 6
7 Fred Heimach 1920-10-01 PHA WSH L 3-13 5.0 13 9 8 1 0 0 6
8 Kyle Denney 2004-09-14 CLE DET L 3-11 3.1 10 8 8 2 1 2 7
9 Bill Perrin 1934-09-30 (1) CLE CHW L 5-9 5.0 13 9 8 2 3 0 8
10 Charlie Zink 2008-08-12 BOS TEX W 19-17 4.1 11 8 8 1 1 0 9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/9/2010.
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