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John Danks and longest winless streaks to start a season

Posted by Andy on May 30, 2011

John Danks got crushed yesterday and moved to 0-8 on the season in his 11 starts.

Since 2001 here are the longest streaks to start a season where the pitcher did not register a win:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L GS CG SHO GF SV IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA HBP WP BK Tm
1 Scott Elarton 2004-04-09 2004-07-23 16 0 8 16 0 0 0 0 77.2 89 71 68 41 51 16 7.88 2 5 0 COL-CLE
2 Dan Wright 2003-05-09 2003-09-25 15 0 7 15 0 0 0 0 69.2 78 57 53 41 42 14 6.85 2 5 0 CHW
3 Tanyon Sturtze 2002-04-02 2002-06-20 15 0 8 15 0 0 0 0 97.1 124 61 55 43 60 9 5.09 2 1 1 TBD
4 Kenshin Kawakami 2010-04-11 2010-06-20 14 0 9 14 0 0 0 0 75.1 85 47 40 25 51 9 4.78 1 2 0 ATL
5 Kevin Millwood 2010-04-06 2010-06-13 14 0 8 14 1 0 0 0 90.2 108 57 52 27 73 19 5.16 3 3 1 BAL
6 Edwin Jackson 2007-04-09 2007-06-18 13 0 8 13 0 0 0 0 57.1 75 58 50 37 52 9 7.85 3 2 1 TBD
7 Jose Lima 2005-04-04 2005-06-09 13 0 5 13 0 0 0 0 64.0 82 64 58 27 32 17 8.16 4 1 0 KCR
8 Darrell May 2003-04-13 2003-06-21 13 0 4 13 0 0 0 0 78.1 85 42 39 20 43 10 4.48 1 4 0 KCR
9 Bryan Rekar 2001-04-05 2001-06-07 13 0 7 13 0 0 0 0 77.2 90 57 46 23 48 7 5.33 3 4 0 TBD
10 Ross Detwiler 2009-05-18 2009-09-23 12 0 6 12 1 0 0 0 62.2 79 42 41 26 39 3 5.89 2 2 0 WSN
11 Anthony Reyes 2007-04-07 2007-06-27 12 0 10 12 1 0 0 0 64.2 68 47 46 24 46 8 6.40 5 1 1 STL
12 Bruce Chen 2006-04-08 2006-08-04 12 0 5 12 0 0 0 0 58.1 84 52 48 18 40 19 7.41 0 1 0 BAL
13 Todd Ritchie 2001-04-03 2001-06-06 12 0 8 12 1 0 0 0 71.2 74 49 41 23 42 11 5.15 3 3 0 PIT
14 John Danks 2011-04-03 2011-05-29 11 0 8 11 1 0 0 0 70.1 81 42 41 25 46 11 5.25 3 4 0 CHW
15 Ross Ohlendorf 2010-04-07 2010-06-27 11 0 6 11 0 0 0 0 60.2 63 36 33 29 37 7 4.90 2 0 0 PIT
16 Ryan Rowland-Smith 2010-04-07 2010-06-15 11 0 6 11 0 0 0 0 53.2 73 48 41 23 22 13 6.88 3 2 0 SEA
17 Russ Ortiz 2006-04-07 2006-08-07 11 0 8 11 0 0 0 0 37.2 61 46 43 32 25 10 10.27 2 1 0 ARI-BAL
18 Orlando Hernandez 2001-04-07 2001-08-26 11 0 6 11 0 0 0 0 60.0 69 40 40 27 50 17 6.00 4 0 0 NYY
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Danks has been pretty unlucky compared to the rest of this group. He's pitched to a better ERA than most but ended up with more losses than most (on a per-start basis, at least.)

Yesterday's blowout was the worst start of Danks' career by most measures, including Game Score:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1 2011-05-29 CHW TOR L 4-13 GS-4 ,L 4.0 9 9 9 1 1 3 96 61 8
2 2010-05-29 CHW TBR L 5-8 GS-5 ,L 4.0 8 8 8 3 2 1 102 62 13
3 2008-04-09 CHW MIN L 5-12 GS-3 ,L 2.1 7 7 7 3 2 0 69 39 14
4 2007-05-29 CHW MIN L 2-9 GS-4 ,L 3.1 9 6 6 4 0 2 83 44 14
5 2009-05-15 CHW TOR L 3-8 GS-4 ,L 3.0 9 7 7 1 3 1 62 40 15
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Incidentally, Jo-Jo Reyes has a 10-game winless streak to start the season, and his streak goes all the way back to 2008.

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10 Responses to “John Danks and longest winless streaks to start a season”

  1. #2 Dan Wright had more wins (1) in his 5 relief appearances than he did in his 15 starts that season (0).

    Among pitchers who finished the season with 0 wins, #12 Chen is first on the list above. Chen is tied with 3 others for the second most (3rd if you count the 1800s) starts in a season in which they recorded no wins. Vida Blue in 1983 is the record holder with 14 starts.

    Rk Player GS W Year Age Tm Lg G CG SHO GF L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA ERA+ HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
    1 Vida Blue 14 0 1983 33 KCR AL 19 1 0 4 5 .000 0 85.1 96 62 57 35 53 6.01 68 12 382 336 16 4 0 2 4 5 8 12 5 0 2 6 .286 .352 .464 .816
    2 Stump Wiedman 13 0 1880 19 BUF NL 17 9 0 4 9 .000 0 113.2 141 77 43 9 25 3.40 72 1 493 9
    3 Bruce Chen 12 0 2006 29 BAL AL 40 0 0 16 7 .000 0 98.2 137 81 76 35 70 6.93 66 28 453 410 20 1 3 0 3 5 6 9 6 3 0 1 .334 .382 .593 .975 1825 1158
    4 Vladimir Nunez 12 0 2000 25 FLA NL 17 0 0 3 6 .000 0 68.1 88 63 60 34 45 7.90 56 12 322 276 19 1 2 2 5 5 4 12 3 3 0 5 .319 .391 .525 .917 1202 712
    5 Steve Gerkin 12 0 1945 32 PHA AL 21 3 0 7 12 .000 0 102.0 112 49 41 27 25 3.62 94 4 433 3 0 0
    6 Russ Miller 12 0 1928 28 PHI NL 33 1 0 13 12 .000 1 108.0 137 79 65 34 19 5.42 81 14 485 0 0 1
    7 John Danks 11 0 2011 26 CHW AL 11 1 0 0 8 .000 0 70.1 81 42 41 25 46 5.25 77 11 309 276 11 4 5 3 2 3 6 4 3 3 0 4 .293 .355 .482 .837 129 1157 755
    8 Russ Ortiz 11 0 2006 32 TOT ML 26 0 0 5 8 .000 0 63.0 86 60 57 40 44 8.14 57 18 303 258 23 3 1 3 1 1 7 4 5 2 0 2 .333 .427 .655 1.082 1204 690
    9 Neil Allen 11 0 1987 29 TOT AL 23 0 0 6 8 .000 0 74.1 97 52 49 36 42 5.93 77 8 342 298 15 3 1 2 4 2 9 5 5 0 0 1 .326 .399 .477 .876
    10 Steve Crawford 11 0 1981 23 BOS AL 14 0 0 2 5 .000 0 57.2 69 38 32 18 29 4.99 78 10 257 229 16 1 0 3 3 4 6 2 2 2 0 2 .301 .354 .511 .865
    11 Red Witt 11 0 1959 25 PIT NL 15 0 0 2 7 .000 0 50.2 58 43 39 32 30 6.93 56 7 234 197 9 1 2 1 4 0 6 7 2 0 1 0 .294 .396 .457 .853
    12 Ron Kline 11 0 1952 20 PIT NL 27 0 0 5 7 .000 0 78.2 74 55 48 66 27 5.49 73 3 368 292 9 3 6 4 0 8 2 0 1 3 4 .253 .401 .336 .737
    13 Bill Stearns 11 0 1872 19 NAT NA 11 11 0 0 11 .000 0 99.0 193 190 68 3 2 6.18 84 2 572 0 2
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  2. Does winless include a string of no-decisions? I recall Shawn Chacon setting a record for consecutive no-decisions to start the season with Houston in 2008 - something like 10 in a row. Went on for two months.

  3. Edit: Chacon had nine straight NDs to start 2008 before he beat the Cubs in late May.

  4. Looks like Danks should consider not pitching on May 29...

  5. @4 Now that's just weird. Danks has been in the league 5 years and he's pitched on May 29th 4 times, getting shelled thrice.

    His numbers on 5/29: 1-3, 17.1 IP, 24 ER, and 6 HR with an average Game Score of 24.5

    Factoring each May 29th out of his career numbers drops his career ERA from 4.07 down to 3.89 (if my calculations are correct).

  6. He yelled at Bautista yesterday for no reason, too.

  7. John Autin Says:
  8. @6
    Rich, interesting that Danks would cross swords with Bautista. All Jose did was slam his bat after missing a hittable 3-2 pitch.

    It wasn't a knock on Danks, Jose was upset with himself.

    When Bautista ran off back across the diamond I thought they were going to go at it.

    Video has been deleted from MLB.com for some reason? Any one know why?

  9. @7

    JA, with run support of 11 runs Jo Jo pitched a complete game. His WHIP is still below major league averages though.

  10. John Autin Says:

    @9, Neil L. -- "WHIP? We're talkin' about WHIP?!?" Come on, buddy! You suffered through Jo-Jo's last 28 starts; why not revel in this one, even if just for a day?

    Today, he is Jo-Jo "Winning Pitcher" Reyes, owner of as many complete games this year as Tim Lincecum, CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Chris Carpenter, Tim Hudson, or Dan Haren!

    If I may quote Hog Durham from my favorite baseball novel, "The Dixie Association":

    "When you beat them, you laugh."

    http://www.amazon.com/Dixie-Association-Voices-South/product-reviews/0807122262