Posted by John Autin on August 3, 2011
It's the 5th relief game streak of at least 9 perfect innings* since 1919, all coming since 1995:
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- It's no big surprise that there were no such streaks before '95. Prior to the '90s, relievers often pitched more than 1 inning at a time, especially if they didn't encounter any trouble.
- The 5 pitchers on this list also stranded all 13 runners they inherited: 5 by Motte, 4 by Romo, 2 each by Jenks and Wetteland. Montgomery inherited no runners.
- The streaks by Jenks and Montgomery both started on July 19, 10 years apart.
- WHIP: Romo's season WHIP of 0.645 in 35.2 IP (through Tuesday 8/2) would be the 4th-best WHIP ever with at least 30 IP. His career WHIP of 0.893 in 166 IP would be the best ever by a pitcher with at least 100 IP.
- SO/BB: His season SO/BB ratio of 12.75 (51 SO, 4 BB) would also be the 4th-best ever. His career mark of 5.27 would be the 3rd-best ever by a pitcher with 100+ IP.
- OPS: His career OPS allowed of .545 is (again) the 4th-best by a pitcher with 100+ IP. (OPS data available back to 1919.)
- Strike %: Romo's 71% strike percentage this year is the best in the NL for any pitcher with more than 2 IP. (Tops in the AL? Hint: He's over 40, and he's not a knuckleballer.)
* Note that this refers only to game streaks of no baserunners, and the total innings in such streaks. The Play Index cannot parse out additional perfect innings that may have occurred in imperfect games. It seems likely that there have been a few streaks of 27 straight batters retired other than those listed above.