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Longest Streaks With 6+ IP On The Road Since 1919

Posted by Steve Lombardi on July 19, 2011

From Doc Halladay to Sloppy Thurston!

Here is the leader board on this one -

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 Roy Halladay 2008-05-28 2011-07-02 50 30 14 50 12 5 0 0 366.2 352 109 103 50 323 31 2.53 14 6 0 TOR-PHI
2 Steve Rogers 1981-04-29 1983-08-17 40 25 10 40 18 7 0 0 312.1 262 94 83 77 189 11 2.39 7 2 0 MON
3 Bob Gibson 1967-09-18 1970-04-21 39 25 11 39 31 10 0 0 338.1 243 72 66 116 283 12 1.76 11 7 0 STL
4 Pat Hentgen 1995-05-20 1997-07-11 37 22 10 37 9 2 0 0 275.0 257 116 104 101 183 20 3.40 4 9 2 TOR
5 Ted Lyons 1940-04-21 1946-05-12 36 21 13 36 32 7 0 0 312.1 314 120 102 54 90 23 2.94 2 4 0 CHW
6 Steve Carlton 1979-09-13 1982-04-13 35 21 8 35 11 2 0 0 272.2 217 79 70 87 256 16 2.31 1 12 7 PHI
7 Bob Gibson 1965-08-31 1967-07-08 35 21 11 35 18 5 0 0 286.1 227 92 80 69 220 18 2.51 5 4 1 STL
8 Felix Hernandez 2009-05-14 2011-04-06 34 14 10 34 5 2 0 0 249.1 191 80 57 74 215 15 2.06 8 15 2 SEA
9 Catfish Hunter 1975-04-23 1976-08-27 34 19 12 34 26 5 0 0 293.2 234 103 91 62 144 19 2.79 4 6 0 NYY
10 Oil Can Boyd 1984-07-29 1986-09-11 33 15 10 33 13 4 0 0 251.2 221 102 97 57 153 30 3.47 4 4 1 BOS
11 Randy Johnson 1998-08-22 2000-07-09 30 18 4 30 10 1 0 0 231.2 163 62 54 67 318 22 2.10 8 2 0 HOU-ARI
12 Fergie Jenkins 1971-09-19 1973-07-06 30 17 10 30 22 6 0 0 250.2 200 80 71 48 159 26 2.55 5 0 1 CHC
13 Bob Gibson 1970-05-23 1972-04-25 30 23 7 30 26 5 0 0 259.1 184 61 57 59 213 12 1.98 7 12 1 STL
14 Tiny Bonham 1942-07-04 1944-07-28 30 20 6 30 22 5 0 0 264.0 255 74 69 45 76 8 2.35 1 1 0 NYY
15 Kevin Millwood 2005-05-09 2006-09-30 29 15 9 29 1 0 0 0 191.0 183 75 71 44 149 21 3.35 3 5 0 CLE-TEX
16 Alex Fernandez 1996-05-27 1997-09-25 29 16 8 29 8 2 0 0 217.1 187 76 72 53 167 17 2.98 4 7 0 CHW-FLA
17 Jack Morris 1986-05-07 1987-09-07 29 20 5 29 12 3 0 0 232.0 200 87 82 83 189 29 3.18 0 16 0 DET
18 Jack McDowell 1992-07-09 1994-04-20 28 18 8 28 11 4 0 0 216.2 203 77 71 69 149 13 2.95 4 6 0 CHW
19 Mark Langston 1986-10-04 1988-06-04 28 15 9 28 12 1 0 0 214.2 211 104 86 86 211 22 3.61 5 14 2 SEA
20 Mario Soto 1984-07-24 1986-05-22 28 11 11 28 8 1 0 0 205.1 155 67 64 65 149 18 2.81 2 2 1 CIN
21 Jack Morris 1982-08-26 1984-05-28 28 16 11 28 18 1 0 0 230.0 193 81 75 73 189 21 2.93 1 14 0 DET
22 Tom Glavine 1997-08-05 1999-05-08 27 16 5 27 4 4 0 0 199.0 150 50 48 61 141 17 2.17 1 2 0 ATL
23 Burt Hooton 1977-09-24 1979-07-07 27 15 9 27 11 2 0 0 208.0 154 58 50 59 108 7 2.16 1 4 0 LAD
24 Tom Seaver 1977-08-11 1979-04-14 27 17 8 27 13 3 0 0 217.1 158 64 58 68 178 16 2.40 0 3 0 CIN
25 Robin Roberts 1951-09-17 1953-05-27 27 20 6 27 23 3 0 0 234.2 212 84 79 46 99 19 3.03 5 3 0 PHI
26 Doyle Alexander 1986-07-28 1988-06-25 26 10 10 26 5 2 0 0 193.1 187 82 74 37 97 21 3.44 3 2 0 ATL-DET
27 Claude Osteen 1972-07-05 1973-08-28 26 17 4 26 14 2 0 0 206.2 162 57 50 52 77 12 2.18 1 8 0 LAD
28 Bob Gibson 1972-05-15 1973-07-30 26 15 10 26 17 3 0 0 209.1 181 78 70 68 167 16 3.01 4 8 1 STL
29 Roger Clemens 1993-08-27 1995-08-27 24 8 7 24 2 0 0 0 166.0 136 65 57 70 141 19 3.09 10 5 0 BOS
30 Tom Seaver 1985-05-25 1986-08-18 24 13 8 24 6 0 0 0 179.2 152 57 47 53 116 12 2.35 7 3 0 CHW-BOS
31 Jim Palmer 1975-05-30 1976-06-19 24 15 6 24 13 4 0 0 204.1 171 68 61 63 103 20 2.69 2 2 0 BAL
32 Tom Seaver 1969-08-09 1970-09-16 24 15 6 24 15 4 0 0 201.2 137 52 46 63 170 11 2.05 3 5 0 NYM
33 Larry Jackson 1962-06-16 1963-08-10 24 12 7 24 9 4 0 0 190.2 168 60 50 38 108 10 2.36 5 3 0 STL-CHC
34 Vern Law 1958-09-20 1960-06-03 24 14 7 24 15 2 0 0 198.0 176 63 61 34 72 25 2.77 2 2 0 PIT
35 Wilbur Cooper 1919-05-04 1920-06-22 24 13 11 23 19 2 1 0 212.0 191 79 70 46 84 9 2.97 9 3 0 PIT
36 Mark Buehrle 2004-05-21 2005-07-26 23 10 6 23 3 1 0 0 166.0 154 71 61 38 111 10 3.31 5 0 0 CHW
37 Hideo Nomo 2002-05-22 2003-07-27 23 15 2 23 2 2 0 0 162.2 112 42 41 61 132 11 2.27 0 8 0 LAD
38 Curt Schilling 1998-06-07 2000-05-06 23 14 6 23 14 2 0 0 184.2 168 69 66 34 153 21 3.22 5 5 0 PHI
39 Mike Norris 1980-04-29 1981-05-30 23 13 8 23 18 0 0 0 196.2 149 74 65 76 113 18 2.97 6 11 3 OAK
40 Wilbur Wood 1972-05-05 1973-04-07 23 9 10 23 9 3 0 0 173.2 147 61 52 48 86 11 2.69 3 7 0 CHW
41 Tom Seaver 1971-07-17 1972-09-01 23 13 7 23 11 2 0 0 186.2 133 54 50 52 181 15 2.41 3 4 0 NYM
42 Mickey Lolich 1971-05-15 1972-06-24 23 11 8 23 15 2 0 0 200.0 154 63 60 61 154 12 2.70 3 4 0 DET
43 Clyde Wright 1970-09-16 1971-09-29 23 13 8 23 8 1 0 0 179.2 133 61 53 57 87 9 2.65 2 4 0 CAL
44 Bill Hands 1969-07-10 1970-08-08 23 14 8 23 10 1 0 0 175.1 141 55 44 51 102 12 2.26 4 3 1 CHC
45 Warren Spahn 1957-06-07 1958-06-14 23 17 3 23 15 4 0 0 188.2 156 54 46 55 79 14 2.19 1 2 0 MLN
46 Bobby Shantz 1951-08-27 1953-05-03 23 17 6 23 21 4 0 0 203.0 157 48 41 50 112 9 1.82 2 0 0 PHA
47 Billy Pierce 1951-09-02 1953-04-21 23 12 8 23 11 2 0 0 183.1 158 54 50 44 95 6 2.45 1 1 0 CHW
48 Bucky Walters 1940-06-18 1941-08-21 23 11 10 23 18 3 0 0 194.0 166 67 56 60 100 12 2.60 4 4 0 CIN
49 Dutch Ruether 1922-08-29 1924-05-15 23 13 7 23 16 0 0 0 196.0 201 94 84 56 63 9 3.86 5 3 0 BRO
50 Jose Rijo 1990-07-26 1992-04-17 22 9 10 22 6 1 0 0 158.1 142 51 41 38 133 4 2.33 2 1 4 CIN
51 Denny McLain 1968-04-21 1969-04-23 22 18 4 22 16 5 0 0 186.1 131 37 32 33 141 11 1.55 2 2 0 DET
52 Randy Johnson 2001-05-28 2002-07-16 21 12 3 20 0 0 1 0 149.0 111 49 42 47 198 16 2.54 8 3 1 ARI
53 Greg Maddux 1997-07-02 1999-04-18 21 12 4 21 6 3 0 0 154.0 118 46 39 24 116 5 2.28 5 2 0 ATL
54 Dennis Martinez 1994-06-22 1996-04-13 21 14 3 21 3 2 0 0 149.2 125 50 44 45 97 11 2.65 6 1 0 CLE
55 Jose Rijo 1993-05-07 1994-06-14 21 7 6 21 3 1 0 0 152.1 132 47 39 32 137 11 2.30 1 0 0 CIN
56 Roger Clemens 1989-05-21 1990-06-13 21 11 7 21 4 1 0 0 159.0 124 64 57 62 146 9 3.23 6 7 0 BOS
57 Wilbur Cooper 1920-06-29 1921-07-12 21 18 3 21 19 1 0 0 189.0 163 56 48 34 78 5 2.29 4 1 0 PIT
58 Joel Pineiro 2002-06-18 2003-07-21 20 9 4 20 1 1 0 0 135.0 123 49 49 36 96 13 3.27 5 4 0 SEA
59 Pedro Martinez 1998-06-10 1999-07-07 20 13 6 20 2 0 0 0 143.0 111 50 44 39 169 13 2.77 7 5 0 BOS
60 David Cone 1990-06-25 1991-07-07 20 11 6 20 4 0 0 0 148.1 113 45 38 48 161 12 2.31 2 12 0 NYM
61 Mark Langston 1988-07-06 1989-08-05 20 11 5 20 6 4 0 0 158.1 94 30 28 56 126 8 1.59 2 3 0 SEA-MON
62 Roger Clemens 1987-07-06 1988-07-25 20 16 1 20 11 7 0 0 165.0 126 34 31 38 179 7 1.69 4 2 2 BOS
63 Jim Clancy 1981-08-17 1982-08-25 20 9 7 20 6 2 0 0 155.1 133 57 51 39 76 12 2.95 1 5 0 TOR
64 Jack Morris 1980-08-21 1982-04-27 20 13 5 20 15 0 0 0 172.0 135 51 47 57 78 10 2.46 0 4 1 DET
65 Tom Seaver 1972-09-29 1973-09-13 20 13 4 20 13 3 0 0 169.1 117 35 31 35 153 12 1.65 1 5 0 NYM
66 Nolan Ryan 1972-08-04 1973-07-26 20 8 10 20 11 3 0 0 160.1 118 53 47 83 182 8 2.64 2 3 0 CAL
67 Juan Marichal 1964-09-02 1965-09-13 20 15 5 20 18 6 0 0 174.0 115 29 26 27 152 10 1.34 0 1 0 SFG
68 Dick Ellsworth 1963-05-28 1964-07-01 20 13 7 20 14 3 0 0 174.1 148 47 41 47 116 10 2.12 2 3 0 CHC
69 Lefty Gomez 1937-04-28 1938-05-01 20 11 8 20 14 2 0 0 163.1 142 60 46 54 107 7 2.53 0 2 0 NYY
70 Sloppy Thurston 1924-04-25 1925-04-18 20 13 7 20 19 1 0 0 172.1 183 80 69 36 24 11 3.60 6 1 0 CHW
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Generated 7/19/2011.

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Harry Leroy had some streak going...until last night.

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33 Responses to “Longest Streaks With 6+ IP On The Road Since 1919”

  1. I like that Tom Seaver is on this list 5 times!

  2. I heard on the radio that Doc's streak was 63, second only to Walter Johnson's 84 back in the teens. Somebody miscalculated.

  3. I keep reading that the early exit for Roy Halladay ended his string of 63 road starts in which he lasted at least six innings. It was the longest such streak since Walter Johnson went 82 from 1911-15.

    Where are they getting 63?

  4. Whoops - we posted at the same time.

  5. Maybe it has something to do with a home game that was actually played on the road, or vice versa?

  6. Seaver's 5 times total 118 games with a 58-29 record and 12 shutouts.

    Bob Gibson is even more impressive. Gibson's 4 times on the list total 130 games with a 84-39 record and 23 shutouts!

  7. SJBlonger Says:

    The game before the one that starts this streak was a short relief appearance. So it probably is 63, if only starts are included.

  8. The leaderboard posted here is NOT 6+ inning road starts, like you guys heard. Halladay relieved on May 18, 2008, so that is why his streak was 50 on this leaderboard.

  9. John Autin Says:

    Steve, I think the discrepancy is due to the distinction between Starts and Games.

    Halladay had a road relief appearance on May 18, 2008, that precedes the beginning of the streak you highlighted.

    If you redo the search specifying Starts, you'll get 64 games, starting July 17, 2007.

  10. topper009 Says:

    Roger Clemens had a nice streak from '87-88, going 16-1.

    Bob Gibson leads (of course) with 10 SHO since his longest streak includes all of '68 and '69.

    Randy Johnson is the only one without at least 1 CG in a streak, during his '01-02 run. Also interesting to note the Big Unit's GF, which came exactly 10 years ago yesterday, where he started the 3rd inning for Curt Schilling and finished the game throwing 109 pitches just 3 days after starting and throwing 108 pitches. Before that start he had 9 days off since his last regular season start with a All-Star game start in between.

    Not sure what happened to Schilling but he led the league in starts that year and started his next game on only 2 days rest allowing 1 H, 2 BB over 7 IP with 12 Ks, I guess he was OK after that mysterious July 18 start.

    Image the Padres hitters that day getting excited thinking Schilling has to exit only to see that they are bringing in Randy Johnson to replace him.

    Here is the game
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SDN/SDN200107180.shtml
    Another oddity is that the play-by=play says Brain Anderson pinch hits for Schilling to lead off the 3rd and end Schilling's day but then it shows Schilling bat and strike out.

  11. topper009 Says:

    @10 oops should be play-by-play obviously, I guess by = 0 in my original equation.

  12. SJBlonger Says:

    I suppose that would be possible if Shilling was injured in his at-bat and had two strikes when he left the game. Then Anderson replaced him, but the K went to Shilling.

  13. SJBlonger Says:

    Er, Schilling.

  14. topper009 Says:

    Ah nice catch there SJB

  15. topper009 Says:

    A similar thing happened just on Sunday when Shaun Marcum left the game mid at-bat, 2-0, vs Tulo and his reliever, Latroy Hawkins, went on to walk him. The BB was credited to Marcum.

  16. Steve Rogers, nice.

    Not to geek out even more than normal, but I believe that was the name of "Captain America", which opens this weekend. Nice timing.

  17. Only eighteen of the seventy streaks were prior to 1970 and six prior to 1950. Why such an uneven distribution over time? There were many effective pitchers back then with a ton of complete games.

    Were the home team's fans more unruly prior to 1950 in terms of heckling the opposition pitcher and reducing his effectiveness?

  18. His streak as a starter is 64 games on the road with 6 or more innings pitched

  19. The game involving Schilling was suspended in the third inning after explosions knocked out a bank of lights over left field and finished Thursday. Schilling must have been batting. Johnson struck out 16 breaking the record for SO's by a reliever and came within 4 outs of a combined no hitter.

  20. topper009 Says:

    Nice tid bit Charles, so I guess RJ's record relief appearance occurred exactly 10 years ago today! Funny how according to MLB everything took place on the day the game started, reminds me of the mystery of Barry Bonds' first career hit. If you look at his gamelogs in his rookie season it shows him going 1-1 on April 30 with the game-winning pinch hit RBI single in the top of the 17th against Dave Gumpert, but that game was actually finished on Aug. 11 of that season, when Bonds played in it. Bonds' actual first career hit was a 2B on May 31 of 1986 against Rick Honeycutt.

  21. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Only eighteen of the seventy streaks were prior to 1970 and six prior to 1950. Why such an uneven distribution over time? There were many effective pitchers back then with a ton of complete games.

    There was a lot more variance in pitcher usage back then, in many ways. While SP were more likely to complete games back then, they were also more likely to be pulled after just an inning or two. These days managers always try to get a some length out of their SP, unless they're being absolutely shelled.

    Oh! Also, since Steve didn't limit the search to starts, this is catching all the relief appearances old-time pitchers made. No pitchers were strictly SP back then, they'd all get some relief work as well. This is probably the bigger factor, more than my first reason.

  22. Nash Bruce Says:

    @17 Neil: Maybe travel was, if not a little rougher back then, a little more...........uncommon? Trying to say, that maybe some 22-3 year-old, from a rural area, is maybe not so used to traveling anywhere, and as a result, road trips were more of a distraction.

  23. Didn't starters of way back in the day commonly come in to pitch in relief, from time to time? Otherwise I don't see how they wouldn't be on this list, considering they used to pitch complete games almost every time out.

  24. Kingturtle Says:

    Bob Gibson is on the list 4 times! Seaver, 5!!

  25. @ 23 Wilbur Cooper's two streaks would be 45 consecutive road starts with 6 or more innings.

    Bob Gibsons streak in 1965 began on April 23 with 48 consecutive road starts with 6 or more innings. He had 87 out of 88 road starts with 6 or more innings from April 23, 1965 to April 21, 1970. The one miss was a game on Sept. 7, 1967, his first game since July 15 when he broke his leg. On Sept. 7 he piched to one batter in the 6th, left with an 8-1 lead and earned the victory.

    From April 23, 1965 to April 25, 1972 he had 147 road starts, 143 were 6 innings or more. That would include all his games in 1966, 1968, 1969 and 1971

    For his career he had 134 road wins with a 2.76 ERA and 117 home wins with a 3.08 ERA.

  26. Actually Cooper's streak was 44 because one of the 7 inning outings on the road was as a reliever. He did go on to have 17 straight after the streak 61/62.

  27. Walter Johnson holds the record at 82 from 1911 to 1915.

  28. @17 @21
    Johnny, I didn't think that relief appearances of 6 innings or more might have been more common before 1950 than today.

    But if you examine the list again, you will see that every game included from every streak is a start. No 6+ IP relief appearances in sight!

    It's not a big deal, but the question about the uneven distribution of the road streaks across eras remains unanswered.

    Nash's explanation @22 may have a bit more merit.

    If we use the number of streaks in a given decade as a rough measure of road pitching effectiveness, then the conclusion is pitchers before 1950 were not left in road games as much. Presumably, they didn't pitch on the road as well as at home. Again, why?

  29. @28
    Ah, disregard most of the last post. It helps to actually try and look something up instead of being lazy. :-(

    Unscientifically, I eyeballed the gamelogs of Burleigh Grimes in his 1928 season with Pittsburg. While most of his road apperances were 8+ IP, he was used in relief enough times, always pitching less than 6 innings, to break any potential streak.

    So the answer has to do with pitcher usage in the old days. Starters were used to eat a couple if innings in relief from time to time, particularly in stretches where there were a couple of double headers close together.

  30. One of Randy Johnson's streaks and one of Wilbur Copper's streaks include a relief appearance on the road with 6 innings or more. GS does not match the streak.

    What I've noticed about low inning outings in the 1930s, it's almost always because they've given up three or more runs. You also occasionally see CG less than 6 innings. Maybe the manager will let them pitch through it in a home game. Also, maybe they were less likely to take a day off back then if they didn't feel well.

  31. I looked at the number of pitchers with at least 200 career starts within 20 year blocks from and the number of pitchers on the list. You can see the % from 1939 to 2011 is fairly consistent. You might see the number of pitchers on the consecutive game list from 1919 to 1949 go up if the table were revised to only consider games started on the road. Pitchers on the list more than once were only counted once per 20 year time period. I did not take into account if the pitchers themselves had 200 career starts. You can see it's about 5 pitchers/club with 200 career starts except for the two data sets from WWII.

    1919-1939 81 4 5%
    1929-1949 58 4 7%
    1939-1959 55 8 15%
    1949-1969 86 12 14%
    1959-1979 120 17 14%
    1969-1989 134 23 17%
    1979-1999 140 22 16%
    1989-2011 156 19 12%

  32. If you only cosider away games started.

    From 1919 to 1926 there were 18 streaks of 20 away GS with 6 or more innings. 5 pitchers started 125 games or more away games..

    From 1927 to 1934 there were 13 streaks of 20 away GS with 6 or more innings. 2 pitchers started 125 games or more away games.

    From 1935 to 1942 there were 11 streaks of 20 away GS with 6 or more innings. 3 pitchers started 125 games or more away games.

    From 1987 to 1994 there were 10 streaks of 20 away GS with 6 or more innings. 7 pitchers started 125 games or more away games..

    From 1995 to 2002 there were 8 streaks of 20 away GS with 6 or more innings. 6 pitchers started 125 games or more away games.

    From 2003 to 2010 there were 6 streaks of 20 away GS with 6 or more innings. 10 pitchers started 125 games or more away games.

    From 1929 to 1949 there were 9 streaks of 30 or more.
    From 1989 to 2011 there were 4 streaks of 30 or more.

    From 1919 to 1926 (8 years) there were 18 streaks of 20 or more with 147 pitchers with 40 or more total starts.
    From 1993 to 2011 (19 years) there were 19 streaks of 20 or more with 545 pitchers with 40 or more total starts.

    From 1919 to 1926 74% of away starters went 6 innings with 49% quality starts.
    From 1919 to 1926 76% of home starters went 6 innings with 54% quality starts.
    From 2003 to 2010 58% of away starters went 6 innings with 46% quality starts.
    From 2003 to 2010 64% of starters went 6 innings with 52% quality starts.

    The table above shows 1 20 game streak in the 1930's
    If the play index is revise to only examine starting pitchers there are 16.
    For example:
    Lefty Grove with his 19-2 record in 21 consecutive starts also had 12 relief appearances in away games during the streak, going 2-1 with 8 saves.

  33. Nowadays, a pitcher may be taken out before he gets into trouble because of the pitch count. In the past, they probably weren't taken out until they ran into trouble. Roughly 70% of the 6 inning games were quality starts in the earlier seven year period vs roughly 80% in recent years. I don't know if this is a general trend for the past 90 years or it was just because of the two time periods selected.