The Dash’s decision maker

15 starts and 15 decisions for Dash righty Chris Beck (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

15 starts and 15 decisions for Dash righty Chris Beck (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Here at the Dash Board Blog, we enjoy discovering bizarre stats. Earlier this season, we found that the Dash were the last team in the minor leagues to lose a game when scoring the first run of the contest. By the way, the Dash are 31-6 when kicking off the scoring, which is the best mark in the minors.

Last July, we learned that the Dash were the last team in Minor League Baseball to use a left-hander out of the bullpen. We’ll have to keep an eye on southpaw starters this season. The Dash have not started a lefty yet in 2013.

We have found a new statistical improbability through the first three months of the 2013 campaign. All-Star Chris Beck has started 15 games, and he has yet to record a no decision.

Through the end of June, a total of 160 pitchers have pitched in at least one game in the Carolina League. Within that group, 151 pitchers have posted a no decision at some point. Beck and eight others have not.

Those eight others, however, have combined for only 18 appearances in the CL. Excepting Beck, former Carolina righty Will Roberts, now with Double-A Akron, and Lynchburg knuckleballer Blaine Sims are tied for the circuit’s lead in appearances without a no decision with four apiece.

Believe it or not, Beck does not lead the minors in starts without an “ND.” Sacramento righty Andrew Werner is 7-10 in his 17 starts this season. The Oakland farmhand last pitched Saturday, so he will likely take to the hill on Thursday, or one day prior to Beck’s next scheduled outing. Werner and Beck are the only two pitchers in the minors with at least 15 starts to post decisions in all of their outings.

Beck’s decisions have not been very suspenseful. During games featuring Beck as the starting pitcher, the lead has changed hands after the fifth inning only once (April 29 at Lynchburg). The team that has scored first has never trailed in 12 of Beck’s 15 outings.

As you can tell, Beck makes decisions, and very rarely do they waver. Maybe he should run for office when his career is over.

- Brian

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