Pinehurst Native Led All Of Major League Baseball In Double-Play Percentage
GREENVILLE, NC October 22, 2013 – On the eve of the 109th World Series, East Carolina’s Seth Maness is set to become the first Pirate in school history to play in the Fall Classic when his St. Louis Cardinals take on the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass.
Maness, who made his Major League debut on May 3 against the Milwaukee Brewers, has been a part of a young Cardinals’ bullpen that posted a 3.45 ERA and a WHIP (walks+hits/IP) of 1.24 during the regular season.
For the ECU alum, it has been an unbelievable experience since getting the call to “The Show” on April 30.
“You go up there and try to be consistent,” Maness told Bret Strelow of the Fayetteville Observer. “A day turned into a week, a week turned into a month. You look back, I’ve been here five months, and it’s like, ‘Wow.’ I wanted to stay as long as I could, and fortunately it’s worked out.”
Maness made an immediate impact in the Cards’ bullpen during his first month. In his Major League debut, he entered the contest in the eighth inning with a comfortable 6-1 lead, and retired the side on six pitches inducing ground-ball outs off the bats of Jean Segura, Ryan Braun and Alex Gonzalez.
The very next day, May 4th, Maness picked up his first career win. Once again, entering the game in the eighth frame, the right-hander was put in a situation that would later define his 2013 season with the Cardinals. With runners on first and second and one out, Maness got Segura to roll over on a sinker low and away, sending a dribbler to Matt Carpenter at third who stepped on the bag and fired to first for the inning-ending twin killing. And thus the nickname `double-play guy’ was born.
Maness closed out his first month in the big leagues with a 4-1 record posting a stellar 2.19 ERA in 12 games. He became the first player in Major League Baseball history to win three games in his first five career outings, collecting victories against the Brewers (May 4), Chicago Cubs (May 8) and New York Mets (May 15). Maness picked up a win against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 26, the team the Cardinals defeated in six games in the National League Championships Series to earn their fourth World Series appearance since 2004.