Over the course of a 162-game MLB season, the cream eventually rises to the top, and the bad teams lose roughly two out of every three games in the battle for draft position.
But shrink the sample size down to a month, a week, a series or even a single game, and some truly weird "Well, that's baseball for you" things happen all the time.
Things like the destined-for-100-losses Pirates winning 83 percent of their games played against the on-pace-for-112-wins Dodgers, the sub-.500 Red Sox going 25-8 against the AL West and Miles Mikolas' no good, very bad start against the Colorado Rockies.
Capturing all the head-scratching results of the 2022 campaign simply isn't feasible, as you could easily come up with at least half a dozen for every team. But we've highlighted nine of the biggest ones, in no particular order.
Tony Gonsolin's Lone Loss(es) of the Season
First things first: wins and losses are just the dumbest possible measurement of a pitcher's effectiveness. Hunter Greene lost a game in which he went 7.1 innings without allowing a hit. Two starts later, he won a game in which he allowed five earned runs in five innings of work.
But Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin is both having a great season and has a pristine record to show for it.
He's currently on the IL with forearm soreness, but he's sitting at 16-1 with a 2.10 ERA.
That one loss, though, came in the unlikeliest game.
Playing at home on July 25 against the Washington Nationals—the worst team in the majors this season—Gonsolin was tagged for four earned runs in the fifth inning. Yadiel Hernández led off the inning with a solo shot, and then after back-to-back outs, four consecutive Nats got hits, punctuated by a Juan Soto triple.
That isn't the weird part, though.
The weird part is that the combined force of Paolo Espino, Andres Machado, Victor Arano, Hunter Harvey, Carl Edwards Jr. and Kyle Finnegan held the almighty Dodgers to just one run—on a solo home run by Trayce Thompson batting ninth.
It was the only game of the entire season in which Gonsolin has not received multiple runs of support.
We should add it wasn't his only loss of the calendar year. Gonsolin was also the loser of the All-Star Game, giving up back-to-back homers to Giancarlo Stanton and Byron Buxton in the fourth inning. He was 11-0 at the time, so that exhibition outcome felt quite similar to the 2003 All-Star Game, which was the only blown save by Eric Gagné during his streak of 84 consecutive converted save chances.