Saturday, March 31, 2012

Senators Saturday - Claude Osteen, 1963.

Claude Osteen had a pretty good season in 1962 and was looking to build on it in 1963. He was able to do that and lock himself into the Senators starting rotation.

Osteen, shown here on card 374 of the 1963 Topps set, appeared in 40 games. That was second only to reliever Ron Kline. 29 of those appearances were starts, the most on the club. In a team best 212.1 innings pitched Gomer managed to drop his ERA to 3.35. That was a little odd since his WHIP rose to 1.382. He also struck out 109 batters.

Claude Osteen was the workhorse of the Washington pitching staff in 1963. He was also one of the best pitchers on the team and one of their few bright spots. It is a testament to the support he received that he ended the year with a 9-14 record.

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