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Most consecutive appearances, 1/3 IP or less

Posted by Andy on March 27, 2009

Here's a Pitching Game Streak Finder search for most consecutive appearances by a pitcher where he recorded 1 or zero outs. I expected to see some left-handed specialists here, and the first guy to come to mind was Mike Myers.

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games   W   L   GS  CG SHO  GF  SV   IP     H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR   ERA  HBP  WP  BK Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Royce Ring         2008-04-21  2008-05-09    10    1   0   0   0   0   0   0    3      0    0    0    1    4   0   0.00   1   0   1 ATL                                  
 Mike Myers         2001-08-12  2001-09-17    10    0   1   0   0   0   1   0    2      6    4    4    3    2   0  18.00   0   0   0 COL                                  
 John Candelaria    1991-08-21  1991-09-29    10    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    3     10    5    5    2    6   0  15.00   0   0   0 LAD                                  

 Trever Miller      2007-06-13  2007-06-28     9    0   0   0   0   0   2   0    2.1    5    3    3    3    4   0  11.57   0   0   0 HOU                                  
 Jesse Orosco       2003-08-05  2003-08-25     9    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    1.2    3    5    4    3    1   0  21.60   0   0   0 NYY                                  
 Jesse Orosco       1999-08-04  1999-08-25     9    0   0   0   0   0   1   0    2.2    2    1    1    1    3   0   3.38   0   0   0 BAL                                  
 Tony Fossas        1992-07-29  1992-08-22     9    0   1   0   0   0   0   0    2.1    3    1    0    1    3   0   0.00   1   0   0 BOS                                  

 Bill Bray          2008-09-05  2008-09-26     8    0   1   0   0   0   1   0    2.1    1    1    1    1    5   0   3.86   0   0   0 CIN                                  
 Ron Villone        2008-08-24  2008-09-09     8    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    1.1    2    2    2    3    1   0  13.50   1   1   0 STL                                  
 Damaso Marte       2007-09-07  2008-04-02     8    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    2.2    7    8    8    2    3   2  27.00   0   0   0 PIT                                  
 John Franco        2004-10-03  2005-04-21     8    0   1   0   0   0   0   0    2      6    2    1    1    2   0   4.50   1   0   0 NYM-HOU                              
 Scott Eyre         2004-07-15  2004-07-26     8    0   0   0   0   0   3   1    2.1    3    1    1    1    1   0   3.86   0   0   0 SFG                                  
 Scott Eyre         2004-06-23  2004-07-03     8    0   0   0   0   0   1   0    1.2    2    0    0    2    3   0   0.00   0   1   0 SFG                                  
 Jesse Orosco       2002-08-31  2002-09-20     8    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    2      2    1    1    1    2   1   4.50   0   0   0 LAD                                  
 Armando Almanza    2000-09-08  2000-09-27     8    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    2.2    4    4    4    5    2   0  13.50   1   0   0 FLA                                  
 Jason Christianse  2000-09-03  2000-09-22     8    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    2.1    3    0    0    1    1   0   0.00   0   0   0 STL                                  
 Mike Holtz         1997-05-14  1997-06-06     8    0   0   0   0   0   1   1    2.1    5    1    1    0    3   1   3.86   0   0   0 ANA                                  
 Larry Casian       1995-08-27  1995-09-13     8    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    1     10    2    2    1    0   0  18.00   0   0   0 CHC                                  
 Tony Fossas        1993-09-10  1993-09-25     8    0   0   0   0   0   0   0    2      2    4    3    1    2   0  13.50   1   0   0 BOS                                  
 Tony Fossas        1993-08-26  1993-09-05     8    0   0   0   0   0   2   0    2      2    2    2    0    3   0   9.00   0   0   0 BOS                                  
 Tony Fossas        1992-07-08  1992-07-25     8    1   0   0   0   0   1   0    2.2    1    0    0    0    1   0   0.00   0   0   0 BOS                                  
 Mike Barlow        1980-09-17  1981-04-11     8    0   0   0   0   0   1   1    2.2   10    8    7    6    0   1  23.63   1   2   0 TOR        

Well, well, well, looks like I know a thing or two. Myers got hammered pretty good in his streak. Of those 10 games, 7 were scoreless, but in the other 3 he allowed 4 runs while recording only 2 outs. All 10 appearances added up to just 6 outs.

I was surprised to see Candelaria on there, as he's a guy I think of as exlusively a starter. But indeed towards the end of his career, he too was being used as a left-handed relief specialist, and in fact he never started a game after 1990. He got scored in during 4 of his 10 appearances.

Royce Ring, on the other hand, had a beautiful streak last year, pitching 3 innings over 10 appearances, allowing no hits, one walk,  and no runs.

Many of the other guys on this list are also left-handed relief specialists.

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4 Responses to “Most consecutive appearances, 1/3 IP or less”

  1. leatherman Says:

    Take a look at the list when you move it to 2 outs or less: http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/shareit/nhy8

    There's Mike Myers again with 21 consecutive appearances, tied for the 2nd longest streak with John Franco.

    The record holder is Pedro Feliciano (imagine that, a left handed specialist) and his streak of 23 games is still in tact (as his game 23 was #162 last season).

    Of the 13 streaks of 15 or more games, Jesse Orosco owns 4 of them. No one else has more than one 15 game streak.

  2. All modern-era guys. Not a surprise there. God forbid a right-handed batter faces a left-handed pitcher. It's hard to imagine how the Yankees won all of those championships with guys pitching complete games and actually getting good hitters out.
    Now, we need a guy to come in and face one hitter. Is the game really better?

  3. Actually, we're looking mostly at LHBs not facing those RHPs...

    The relevant question is, would those other teams of old have had a better chance of beating the Yankees if they had used a "lefty specialist" to pitch against Ruth, Gehrig, et. al.? If no one is using specialists, or if everyone is using them, then there is no strategic advantage. When, however, some teams are using them and others are not - that's when we can determine their strategic value. Presumably, teams and managers changed their strategy to use specialists because they found an advantage in doing so. (This may have been determined intuitively or through analysis, but managers generaly go "by the book" unless they have a compelling reason not to.) The early adopters of the specialist pitcher strategy presumably started winning more games than expected. Other teams then had to adopt the strategy themselves or play at a strategic disadvantage. If there were no percieved advantage in using them - and clearly there is a cost (requiring a larger bullpen and therefore having fewer non-pitchers on the bench) - managers would go back to the strategy of old (or perhaps they would not have changed in the first place).

    That said, most managers trust their perceptions over systematic data analysis, and percieved strategic advantages don't always prove to be actual advantages. Perhaps the small percentage increase in chance of getting David Oriz out does not translate to as many wins as having another pinch-hitter or a slick leather available at the end of the games. But that's for the sabrmatricians to study. (Are you reading this, Bill James?)

  4. It's interesting that the Cardinals grabbed both Ring and Trever Miller in an attempt to get a LOOGY. Miller stuck; Ring didn't.