Jose De Leon strikes out 9 in debut, most in a Sept debut since Gagne in 1999

Jose De Leon struck out nine in his first major league start, making it the 3rd best strikeout debut by a LAD.  Only Kaz Ishii and Pedro Astacio did better when they struck out ten in their respective debuts. Ishii did it on April 4th, 2002, and Astacio did it on July 3rd, 1992.

For De Leon this was the best strikeout performance for a LAD in a Sept debut. Gagne struck out eight in 1999.

Only three LAD have ever struck out at least five and walked nobody in their debuts. Ryu in 2013 and long ago Pete Richert in 1962.

I’m also willing to be that Jose De Leon is the first LAD starter to debut by striking out the side in his last inning. He was only able to do so because Grandal got thrown out at 2nd to end the 5th before De Leon could be replaced.

Below is the list of all LAD with at least five strikeouts in their debut.

Player Date IP H ER BB SO
Jose De Leon 9/4/2016 6 6 4 0 9
Brock Stewart 6/29/2016 5 8 5 2 7
Matt Magill 4/27/2013 6.2 4 2 2 7
Hyun-Jin Ryu 4/2/2013 6.1 10 1 0 5
Nathan Eovaldi 8/6/2011 5 4 2 2 7
Clayton Kershaw 5/25/2008 6 5 2 1 7
Kazuhisa Ishii 4/6/2002 5.2 2 0 3 10
Eric Gagne 9/7/1999 6 2 0 1 8
Dennys Reyes 7/13/1997 6 4 3 4 6
Hideo Nomo 5/2/1995 5 1 0 4 7
Pedro Astacio 7/3/1992 9 3 0 4 10
Terry Wells 7/3/1990 6 8 4 1 6
Ramon Martinez 8/13/1988 7.2 4 1 4 5
Shawn Hillegas 8/9/1987 8.2 7 2 3 6
Sid Fernandez 9/20/1983 3 2 1 1 5
Ricky Wright 7/28/1982 2 4 2 3 5
Geoff Zahn 9/2/1973 2 1 1 1 5
Don Sutton 4/14/1966 7 7 2 1 7
Mike Kekich 6/9/1965 3.1 2 4 5 5
Larry Miller 6/21/1964 6.1 5 2 5 5
Nick Willhite 6/16/1963 9 5 0 1 6
Pete Richert 4/12/1962 3.1 0 0 0 7
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