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3+ CG Shutouts Since 1973 With Less Than 100 Pitches

Posted by Steve Lombardi on July 6, 2011

Since 1973, how many pitchers had 3+ CG shutouts where they threw less than 100 pitches in the contest?

Here is the list -

Rk Player #Matching   W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
1 Greg Maddux 14 Ind. Games 14 0 1.000 0.00 14 14 14 0 122.0 54 0 0 4 71 0.48
2 Zane Smith 7 Ind. Games 7 0 1.000 0.00 7 7 7 0 63.0 26 0 0 5 20 0.49
3 Bob Tewksbury 6 Ind. Games 6 0 1.000 0.00 6 6 6 0 54.0 26 0 0 3 22 0.54
4 Tom Glavine 6 Ind. Games 6 0 1.000 0.00 6 6 6 0 51.0 28 0 0 5 13 0.65
5 Roy Halladay 5 Ind. Games 5 0 1.000 0.00 5 5 5 0 46.0 16 0 0 1 35 0.37
6 Jamie Moyer 4 Ind. Games 4 0 1.000 0.00 4 4 4 0 36.0 13 0 0 1 14 0.39
7 Bartolo Colon 4 Ind. Games 4 0 1.000 0.00 4 4 4 0 36.0 15 0 0 5 16 0.56
8 Chris Bosio 4 Ind. Games 4 0 1.000 0.00 4 4 4 0 36.0 10 0 0 3 17 0.36
9 David Wells 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 15 0 0 1 15 0.59
10 Ismael Valdez 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 12 0 0 0 15 0.44
11 James Shields 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 7 0 0 3 22 0.37
12 Curt Schilling 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 9 0 0 1 22 0.37
13 Brad Radke 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 12 0 0 3 12 0.56
14 Roy Oswalt 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 8 0 0 0 17 0.30
15 Jaime Navarro 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 10 0 0 2 16 0.44
16 Terry Mulholland 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 14 0 0 2 14 0.59
17 Jason Marquis 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 9 0 0 0 13 0.33
18 Tim Hudson 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 9 0 0 1 15 0.37
19 Doug Drabek 3 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 23.0 8 0 0 1 6 0.39
20 Tom Browning 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 10 0 0 4 13 0.52
21 Josh Beckett 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 9 0 0 0 20 0.33
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Mad Dog was a master.  You expect to see him top this list.  But, any other names here that surprise you?

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31 Responses to “3+ CG Shutouts Since 1973 With Less Than 100 Pitches”

  1. Very cool list. Slightly surprised to see some of the strikeout pitchers (like Schilling) on there since their pitch counts tend to be higher. Overall, it looks like a list of some of the top control pitchers of the past 30 years.

  2. Steve, David Wells makes me raise an eyebrow. I don't remember him as being particularly economical with his pitches although he could be dominant.

  3. Mustachioed Repetition Says:

    This list is extremely incomplete since we don't have pitch data back to 1973. It's only mostly complete back to 1988.

    And without going through every game on the list, I wouldn't be surprised if a couple don't actually qualify. I have seen logs for the early pitch data days in which pitch data is missing for some PA, but the boxscore still gives the incomplete pitch count as if it were real.

  4. Mustachioed Repetition Says:

    My second caveat may no longer be apt. I could have sworn I had seen games on here where someone apparently threw 9 IP in 46 pitches, because some of the pitch data didn't exist. But maybe Sean (properly) removed the pitch counts from those boxscores because I'm not finding them now.

  5. Drabek's total contains a 5 inning 0-0 tie, which really isn't in the spirit of the accomplishment.

  6. Completely expected to see Radke listed there.

  7. Lots of strike throwers on there. Not at all surprised to see Wells or Schilling as they kept the pill in the zone.

    I'm a little surprised to see Jamie Junkball Moyer on there, but I guess that's a result of longevity more than skill. I mean ... if you pitch for 195 years you're bound to rack up some counting stats.

  8. Agree with everyone above - lots of strike-throwers, not a lot of "strikeout" guys - mostly just Halladay, which is the one that surprises me most of all. His K/game on this list (7.0) is the highest other than Shields (7.33), who has done it twice fewer. Maddux is next (5.14). No one else really strikes anybody out, which I suppose is how one becomes economical with pitches. Makes sense.

  9. July 22 1997 - Greg Maddux threw a 9 inning complete game on 76 pitches. He gave up 1 run, but still... 76 pitches! 63 strikes!

    What's the fewest pitches ever thrown in a 9 inning complete game?

  10. Mustachioed Repetition Says:

    Re my #3 and 4: Yes, there are still games in the system which are presenting incorrect, incomplete pitch counts as real. For some reason, a lot of them were played at San Francisco in 1979.

    ***

    Mrbmc, the fewest pitches in a 9-inning CG was probably during the deadball era. Or at least, it was almost certainly in a game for which no pitch count data exists. Of the games in the database (and which I'm pretty sure are accurate), Carlos Silva had a 74-pitch effort in 2005, and Aaron Cook matched him in '07.

  11. Zane Smith being second on this list surprises me. He was actually a better pitcher than I recall him being from watching him when I was a kid. Seemed like anytime I saw him, he got shelled.

  12. Am I the only one surprised by Zane Smith? He's the only one other than Ismael Valdez that I haven't heard of at all and looking at his career he was never an all-star or got a single CYA vote.

  13. John Autin Says:

    Dr. Doom, re: "strikeout guys." Five of those 21 pitchers had at least 1 season of 200 Ks (including 3 seasons over 300 Ks by Curt Schilling). Four more had a season of 180 Ks.

    Also, Schilling's 7.33 K/G for the games on this list matches Shields.

  14. 11 I remember him giving the Mets fits.

  15. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    @9/Mrbmc Says: "... What's the fewest pitches ever thrown in a 9 inning complete game?"

    I realize pitch-count records are quite incomplete, but I came across several references to this game:

    Charlie "Red" BARRETT of the Boston Braves, on August 10, 1944:
    - a 58-pitch, 1 hr 15 min (!) game
    - two hits and no walks against his former team the Reds
    -he also had no K's

  16. Mark Sherman Says:

    I was surprised to see that Mike Mussina didn't accomplish this feat.

  17. @10, 15

    in the DBE there were lower pitch counts for cg in general. i have read about several 75 pitch, 1.5 hour games and it seems they were not all that unusual.

  18. Library Dave Says:

    Bob Tewksbury did this 6 times, but only had 7 career shutouts. In the one other shutout, he threw 116 pitches.

  19. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    @17/ Jason Says: "@10, 15 in the DBE there were lower pitch counts for cg in general..."

    Jason, 1944 is not the "deadball era", although the ball was a little less lively from 1943-45, due to WWII restrictions on certain raw materials. Truth is, we'll never really knew the CG with fewest pitches thrown.

  20. John Knox Says:

    Following up on Mrbmc: Maddux threw a CG shutout on 7/2/97, 61/84 strikes, 28 batters faced. I was there in Yankee Stadium for that one, Mad Dog vs. Doc Gooden. The key, though: John Hirschbeck behind the plate. The strike zone was as wide as the Bronx itself. Game over in 2:09, and it seemed shorter than that. My infant son fell asleep shortly before it began, and slept all the way until it was done and they cranked up "New York, New York" and hustled everyone out.

  21. In Maddux's last season, I watched this game:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/COL/COL200809140.shtml

    It was vintage Mad Dog, with weak grounders and pop ups galore. He only threw 68 pitches through 7 innings, but was taken out for a pinch hitter with the scored tied at 0-0, no runners on, and two outs. It was the single most infuriating managerial decision I've ever seen that didn't involve Grady Little and Pedro Martinez.

    He only pitched two more games, and it was the last time he made it past 6 innings. Taking an all-time great out under such circumstances... so disappointing.

  22. Mustachioed Repetition Says:

    Maddux might have pulled himself out. He often did.

  23. Thomas Court Says:

    I seem to remember Maddux having one of his extremely economical games in the first game of a double header. The non-sensical fan in me was thinking that the Braves could have pulled him after 7 innings comfortably ahead, and then pitch him again in game 2.

  24. @16 - Its likely that Mussina did do this. Here are his career shutouts sorted by pitches. He had one with 99 and another with 93. There is a also a game from 1997 that does not have pitch data, in which he allowed 1 hit and no walks .

  25. Thomas Court Says:

    Well, I found it thanks to the game-log.

    It was July 22, 1997. Maddux threw a complete game 4-1 victory over the Cubs in only 76 pitches. 59 pitches in the first 7 innings, a rest as though it were a long rain delay, and then back out there for game 2. Of course the Braves were so loaded with pitchers that they were able to schlep eventual 20 game winner Denny Neagle out there for game 2.

  26. Thomas Court Says:

    @24

    And what a game from 1997 it was Raphy! He was facing this lineup from Cleveland:

    Marquis Grissom
    Julio Franco
    Jim Thome
    Matt Williams
    David Justice
    Manny Ramirez
    Tony Fernandez
    Sandy Alomar
    Omar Vizquel

    Every player in this lineup made the All-Star team at least twice. 38 All-Star appearances altogether and a total of 2519 cumulative career home runs (and counting).

    Quite a lineup sent down by the Moose.

  27. Thomas Court Says:

    Yikes, I shortchanged them: 43 combined All-Star appearances.

  28. mccombe35 Says:

    I'm shocked Buehrle isn't up there.

  29. I'm a little surprised not to see Cliff Lee on here. I have a feeling he could join it one day.

  30. @7 I love and expected to see Moyer here! Not just from longevity (which is true for many on list) but after he "found it" around 1998, he was occasionally as brilliant as Maddux for pop-up inducing ability, batter frustration levels, etc. -- almost more impressive, due to slowness, age, general sense that he was doing it without "raw skill," just guile alone. Of course, he was also capable of getting shelled any given day, but there are many more surprising names on this list. Jaime Navarro?!?

  31. John McKinstra Says:

    Surprised that former San Diego Padre lefty Randy Jones is not on this list. He always had low pitch counts.