DeKALB – In reality, a pitcher’s win-loss record is meaningless.
A hurler can’t control how many victories he gets. DeKalb senior John Crosby dealt with that feeling last season, when he finished with a tough-luck record of 0-7.
Crosby, a Division II St. Cloud State recruit, has the stuff of an ace – he topped out at 88 mph when he visited St. Cloud in September.
However, other factors contributed to him not coming up with a victory in 2013. And they weren’t necessarily factors he could control.
“John was in a position where he pitched against a lot of good teams. Nonconference, he pitched against Huntley; he pitched in some big nonconference games,” DeKalb coach Jake Howells said. “You take that into [account], and there were days where he, for the most part, would pitch very well and it would be like one or two innings that would fall apart for him. And then you’re looking at another loss, it’s one thing or the next. He comes out of the game and we’re winning, we give up the lead and come back and win.
“So, for any number of reasons, his win-loss record didn’t reflect his ability or what he did for the team last year. It really didn’t.”
Crosby already has picked up his first win of 2014 – he defeated Rockford Guilford in a complete-game shutout victory April 8, and stands at 1-1 on the season.
Having a winless record like Crosby did last season can be frustrating, but he did his best not to let it bother him, and he’s not a believer in the stat anyway.
“Win-loss to me is not that big of deal,” he said. “It’s putting in the innings, getting innings in and really trying to help the team, just with a solid start.”
After struggling with control problems a year ago – Crosby was too concerned about velocity – he’s fine-tuned his mechanics to become a more complete pitcher. He has a 1.97 ERA and 13 strikeouts compared to five walks in 102/3 innings.
“Junior year I was worried about the recruiting process and getting out there in front of coaches,” Crosby said. “Sometimes, throwing as hard as you can you hit the backstop a couple of times. You could definitely say that contributed to my inaccuracy sometimes.”
Howells said Crosby is a pitcher who can take the Barbs’ No. 1 spot in the rotation and match up with any hurler in the conference.
“If we’re going to be successful in conference, he has to match up,” Howells said. “He’s done exactly that and I don’t see why he wouldn’t.”