Luetge treading in rare territory

Luetge treading in rare territory

SEATTLE -- Among the 369 Major League pitchers who had thrown at least 15 innings going into Sunday's games, Mariners rookie Lucas Luetge was the only one who had yet to allow an earned run. Luetge has yet to allow an earned run in 16 2/3 innings over 25 appearances.

Since 1918, the only Major Leaguer to start a career with 25 scoreless appearances was Oakland's Brad Ziegler, with 29 in 2008.

It's an impressive feat for any pitcher, let alone a 25-year-old selected in the Rule 5 Draft who had never pitched above Double-A ball while in the Brewers organization.

"You would never ever expect something like this to play out," manager Eric Wedge said. "You figure it's a long shot to make the team when you Rule 5 somebody. Not only has he done that, he's been a great contributor to our bullpen in a specialty role.

"He's met every challenge so far. At some point in time, he'll have a bump in the road and we'll see how he handles that. But to this point in time, he's handled everything well. I don't think anybody could have expected what he's doing right now. Not this quick anyway."