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Consecutive Home Appearances Without a Allowing a Run to Start the Season

Posted by Raphy on July 4, 2011

On the heels of yesterday's meltdown by the Yankees in Citi Field, Mike Axisa in his post on the River Avenue Blues blog  highlighted the great discrepancy this year by Mariano Rivera at home and on the road. Maybe I haven't been paying  enough attention, but thing that surprised me most was that Rivera has yet to allow a run at home.  How unusual is this?  Here are the most consecutive shutout home appearances by a pitcher to start a season.

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 George Sherrill 2007-04-04 2007-07-18 24 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 15.0 10 0 0 4 13 0 0.00 0 0 0 SEA
2 Steve Kline 2004-04-06 2004-08-03 24 2 0 0 0 0 10 1 18.0 14 0 0 5 10 0 0.00 0 0 0 STL
3 Graeme Lloyd 1998-04-10 1998-09-27 24 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 21.2 10 0 0 2 15 0 0.00 1 1 0 NYY
4 Antonio Alfonseca 2004-04-06 2004-07-15 23 3 0 0 0 0 4 0 23.1 19 0 0 6 14 0 0.00 0 0 0 ATL
5 Jeff Nelson 2001-04-03 2001-07-28 22 1 0 0 0 0 9 3 19.0 5 0 0 9 26 0 0.00 0 0 0 SEA
6 Hong-Chih Kuo 2010-04-29 2010-08-30 21 2 0 0 0 0 4 2 23.2 7 0 0 6 19 0 0.00 0 0 1 LAD
7 Fernando Nieve 2010-04-05 2010-06-24 21 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 17.2 10 0 0 7 12 0 0.00 1 0 0 NYM
8 Jeff Calhoun 1987-06-26 1987-09-30 21 3 0 0 0 0 9 1 26.2 9 0 0 8 19 0 0.00 0 1 0 PHI
9 Mariano Rivera 2011-03-31 2011-06-29 20 1 0 0 0 0 17 13 20.0 10 0 0 1 16 0 0.00 0 0 0 NYY
10 Kyle McClellan 2010-04-14 2010-07-21 20 1 0 0 0 0 5 1 25.0 8 0 0 4 17 0 0.00 1 0 0 STL
11 Brian Sanches 2009-05-19 2009-08-25 20 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 25.1 18 0 0 8 26 0 0.00 2 3 0 FLA
12 John Rocker 1999-04-05 1999-06-27 20 1 0 0 0 0 15 8 18.2 6 0 0 6 26 0 0.00 0 0 0 ATL
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Generated 7/4/2011.

Rivera's streak is certainly up there, but not quite at the top. It should be noted that Jonny Venters started this season with a streak of 17 such games before allowing a run to the Mets on June 16. Also, Scott Downs has an active streak that is currently at 16 games.

Among starters, 18 players since 1919 have not allowed a run in their first 3 home starts of the season; 2 of those 18 went even longer:

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 Ray Herbert 1963-04-18 1963-05-14 5 5 0 5 5 5 0 0 45.0 18 0 0 4 27 0 0.00 0 0 0 CHW
2 Dave Burba 1995-08-03 1995-08-29 4 3 0 4 1 1 0 0 28.0 14 0 0 7 21 0 0.00 0 2 0 CIN
3 Jaime Garcia 2010-04-17 2010-05-19 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 19.0 10 0 0 7 16 0 0.00 0 0 0 STL
4 Erik Hanson 1993-04-09 1993-04-28 3 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 21.2 20 0 0 7 19 0 0.00 0 1 0 SEA
5 Pascual Perez 1991-05-14 1991-05-31 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 11.2 3 0 0 7 6 0 0.00 0 0 0 NYY
6 Scott Erickson 1991-04-26 1991-05-12 3 3 0 3 2 2 0 0 25.0 10 0 0 6 11 0 0.00 1 1 0 MIN
7 Roger Clemens 1991-04-13 1991-04-23 3 3 0 3 1 1 0 0 24.0 11 0 0 5 28 0 0.00 0 0 0 BOS
8 Mark Gardner 1990-04-17 1990-05-06 3 1 0 3 1 1 0 0 21.0 14 0 0 5 20 0 0.00 1 0 0 MON
9 Craig Swan 1978-04-10 1978-05-12 3 1 0 3 1 1 0 0 23.0 10 0 0 7 13 0 0.00 0 0 0 NYM
10 Dave Freisleben 1976-05-24 1976-06-08 3 3 0 3 3 3 0 0 27.0 20 0 0 8 9 0 0.00 0 0 1 SDP
11 Dave McNally 1972-04-17 1972-05-10 3 3 0 3 3 3 0 0 27.0 15 0 0 2 14 0 0.00 0 0 0 BAL
12 Wilbur Wood 1972-04-18 1972-04-25 3 3 0 3 3 3 0 0 27.0 17 0 0 5 18 0 0.00 0 0 0 CHW
13 Cisco Carlos 1967-08-25 1967-09-14 3 2 0 3 1 1 0 0 22.1 13 0 0 3 11 0 0.00 0 1 0 CHW
14 Sandy Koufax 1963-04-19 1963-05-11 3 2 0 3 2 2 0 0 24.2 4 0 0 6 23 0 0.00 0 0 0 LAD
15 Arnie Portocarrero 1958-05-11 1958-06-03 3 3 0 3 2 2 0 0 24.0 12 0 0 4 11 0 0.00 0 0 0 BAL
16 Jim Wilson 1954-06-06 1954-06-29 3 3 0 3 3 3 0 0 27.0 9 0 0 8 15 0 0.00 1 0 0 MLN
17 Tiny Bonham 1942-04-17 1942-05-06 3 3 0 3 3 3 0 0 27.0 15 0 0 4 10 0 0.00 0 0 0 NYY
18 Carl Hubbell 1933-04-20 1933-05-07 3 3 0 3 3 3 0 0 27.0 13 0 0 6 24 0 0.00 0 0 0 NYG
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Generated 7/4/2011.

By May 15, 1963 Ray Herbert had made 7 starts on the season. Five of those starts were shutouts at home, you can see those stats above. The two away from Comiskey did not go as well. Here are his stats from those games:

Rk Year #Matching W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
1 1963 2 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 19.29 2 0 0 0 4.2 16 10 1 4 1 4.29
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Generated 7/4/2011.

Now that's a home-road discrepancy.

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8 Responses to “Consecutive Home Appearances Without a Allowing a Run to Start the Season”

  1. Herbert got his road performance together after those first two '63 starts. He pitched into the 6th inning or later in all but two of his road starts after those first two. Finished the season with 3 CGs (including a shutout) in his last 4 road starts.

  2. So all of Rivera's blown saves have come on the road this year. Hmm .....

  3. Mike Gaber Says:

    Another "Balk Off" game win by White Sox over Royals in Monday July 4th game...

  4. This strikes me as one of those things that is posted because you have a cool data-parsing toy, not because the data reveals anything of any value.

  5. @4
    Lee, I think you are partly right. But this kind of blog is what Andy, Steve and Raphy should be doing ...... showcasing the bells and whistles of the Play Index for potential BBRef subscribers.

    I often try to duplicate Andy's searches, eliminating columns until I get a table identical to his in the blog and I learn how to use the PI in the process.

    The "trivia" lists like this do have value even they don't reveal some hidden nugget of truth about baseball.

  6. I had to check Pascaul Perez after seeing him on Andy's second list with so few IP in three scoreless starts.

    It looks he must have been coming back to the rotation off an injury. He made his first home start on My 14th and was pulled after 6 innings with the lead. He started again at home on May 19th, only to go 5.2 innings, with his bullpen baling him out. Must have been on a strict pitch count.

    Finally he faced only one batter, walking him, on May 31st before injuring himself and being replaced by Eric Plunk. He gets credit for tht start without recording an out.

    Pascual Perez's presence on the second list is an anomaly because he didn't really have three "starts".

  7. @ Neil L., I see what you are saying -- I wasn't trying to totally disregard this post and I love to visit this blog most every day because there's always something interesting. (Even if it doesn't hold all the answers to the questions of the universe.)

  8. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Eppa Rixey, 1921 Reds: 37 consecutive starts without allowing a home run. That was the whole season! (He did allow one homer in his three relief appearances.) I'm guessing that one won't be challenged any time soon.

    Since 1950, J.R. Richard has the longest homerless-start streak to open a season, with 15.