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Most Starts of at Least 7 Shutout Innings

Posted by Raphy on August 23, 2011

Cliff Lee's dominance of the Mets last night was the ninth time this season he has pitched at least 7 shutout innings in a start.

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP ERA WPA RE24 aLI
1 2011-04-14 PHI WSN W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 1 12 0 99 74 92 30 29 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.453 4.097 .840
2 2011-05-21 PHI TEX W 2-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 5 0 0 2 10 0 122 85 80 30 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0.00 0.496 3.749 1.180
3 2011-06-06 PHI LAD W 3-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 7 0 0 1 10 0 117 80 72 28 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.391 3.280 1.005
4 2011-06-16 PHI FLA W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 2 4 0 117 74 85 29 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0.00 0.451 4.217 .830
5 2011-06-22 PHI STL W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 6 0 0 1 3 0 126 86 77 32 31 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.392 3.966 .821
6 2011-06-28 PHI BOS W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 2 5 0 112 71 86 29 27 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.334 4.217 .643
7 2011-08-04 PHI SFG W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 7 0 0 0 8 0 106 76 81 33 32 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.520 3.966 1.240
8 2011-08-09 PHI LAD W 2-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 4 0 0 2 10 0 124 87 82 29 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.521 3.526 1.332
9 2011-08-22 PHI NYM W 10-0 GS-7 ,W 7.0 3 0 0 3 7 0 105 72 75 28 23 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.170 3.280 .500
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With a little over a month to play in the season, Lee has a chance to become the first pitcher since Dwight Gooden and John Tudor in 1985 to accomplish this 10 times in one season. Here are the pitchers who put up at least 8 such games in a season in the past 35 years:

Rk Player Year #Matching W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
1 John Tudor 1985 11 Ind. Games 10 0 1.000 0.00 11 10 10 0 101.0 47 0 0 10 70 0.56
2 Dwight Gooden 1985 11 Ind. Games 9 0 1.000 0.00 11 8 8 0 98.0 53 0 0 22 111 0.77
3 Dontrelle Willis 2005 9 Ind. Games 8 0 1.000 0.00 9 5 5 0 74.0 43 0 0 11 51 0.73
4 Pedro Martinez 2000 9 Ind. Games 9 0 1.000 0.00 9 4 4 0 72.0 27 0 0 9 99 0.50
5 Cliff Lee 2011 9 Ind. Games 9 0 1.000 0.00 9 5 5 0 75.0 39 0 0 14 69 0.71
6 Orel Hershiser 1988 9 Ind. Games 8 0 1.000 0.00 9 8 8 0 82.0 40 0 0 13 54 0.65
7 Roy Halladay 2010 9 Ind. Games 8 0 1.000 0.00 9 4 4 0 75.0 38 0 0 8 64 0.61
8 Ron Guidry 1978 9 Ind. Games 9 0 1.000 0.00 9 9 9 0 81.0 30 0 0 19 81 0.60
9 Roger Clemens 1988 9 Ind. Games 9 0 1.000 0.00 9 8 8 0 79.0 37 0 0 16 84 0.67
10 Roger Clemens 1997 9 Ind. Games 8 0 1.000 0.00 9 3 3 0 72.1 37 0 0 18 77 0.76
11 Javier Vazquez 2001 8 Ind. Games 8 0 1.000 0.00 8 3 3 0 64.0 34 0 0 6 66 0.63
12 Fernando Valenzuela 1981 8 Ind. Games 8 0 1.000 0.00 8 8 8 0 72.0 42 0 0 19 68 0.85
13 Frank Tanana 1977 8 Ind. Games 7 0 1.000 0.00 8 7 7 0 70.0 41 0 0 17 63 0.83
14 Jim Palmer 1976 8 Ind. Games 7 0 1.000 0.00 8 6 6 0 73.0 33 0 0 12 37 0.62
15 Roy Oswalt 2010 8 Ind. Games 6 0 1.000 0.00 8 2 2 0 61.0 28 0 0 10 57 0.62
16 Mike Moore 1989 8 Ind. Games 8 0 1.000 0.00 8 3 3 0 64.2 31 0 0 11 49 0.65
17 Jon Matlack 1976 8 Ind. Games 6 0 1.000 0.00 8 6 6 0 72.2 45 0 0 16 47 0.84
18 Pedro Martinez 2002 8 Ind. Games 8 0 1.000 0.00 8 0 0 0 62.0 22 0 0 5 79 0.44
19 Greg Maddux 1998 8 Ind. Games 7 0 1.000 0.00 8 5 5 0 68.1 42 0 0 3 52 0.66
20 Tim Belcher 1989 8 Ind. Games 8 0 1.000 0.00 8 8 8 0 72.0 36 0 0 13 64 0.68
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46 Responses to “Most Starts of at Least 7 Shutout Innings”

  1. Jim McDevitt Says:

    So three pitchers in the last six years have done it at least eight times in a season. All three of these have been since the start of the 2010 season, and all three are members of the Phillies rotation. That's pretty good.

  2. Looking back on Gooden '85, it's fun to remember that he easily could have had a much better record than 24-4:
    -- Two no-decisions of 9 scoreless IP.
    -- One no-decision of 1 run in 8 IP.
    -- Two losses of 7 or 8 IP and 2 runs.

    The Mets averaged 4.83 R/G for Gooden that year, which was a strong number, but pumped up by 5 double-digit outbursts. They scored 2 runs or less in 12 of his starts:
    -- 0 runs, 2 games: Gooden allowed 2 runs in 16 IP, went 0-1.
    -- 1 run, 5 games: Gooden allowed 3 runs in 41 IP, went 3-1. That's ridiculous.
    -- 2 runs, 5 games: Gooden allowed 6 runs in 40 IP, went 2-2.

  3. wow dwight gooden was really good

  4. I think it is interesting that of the pitchers with 9 or more games, Lee has the second "worst" ERA+ for that particular season. His is now at 142, with only Clemens in 1988 lower at 141. The average ERA+ for the 9 seasons other than Lee's is 197.

    The other interesting thing about Clemens is that his 141 ERA+ in 1988 was the second worst he recorded in the span of 1986-92, yet he obviously had a high number of dominating performances that year.

  5. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    One of the fun things that I remember about John Tudor in 1985 is that, at the end of May, he was 1-7 with a 3.74 ERA. Over the rest of the season he went 20-1, 210 innings pitched in 26 starts, with 13 complete games, 10 shutouts and a 1.37 ERA.

    As — yes — good as Gooden was that year, Tudor almost beat him out legitimately for the Cy Young Award. One of the great CYA races in history, between pitchers with totally different pitching styles.

  6. @5...you beat me to it. Tudor's run during that year was insane.

  7. One more thing - notice that the top two seasons on this list are from 1985. I think there was some discussion in another blog post about Tudor's 1985 season. Compare he and Gooden at the end of May:

    Tudor 1-7, 3.74 ERA, 1.154 WHIP, .668 OPS against
    Gooden 7-3, 1.79 ERA, .926 WHIP, .516 OPS against

    From June 1 to the end of the season"
    Tudor 20-1, 1.37 ERA, .871 WHIP, .488 OPS against
    Gooden 17-1, 1.41 ERA, .983 WHIP, .527 OPS against

    I remember Gooden dominating the Cubs that year, and he did (5-0, 5 CG, 1,00 ERA, 1,044 WHIP). Tudor, however, shredded them. 3 starts, all CG, 3-0, 0.33 ERA and a .333 (!) WHIP.

  8. KT - beat me

  9. Jim McDevitt Says:

    I like how Pedro had the top two WHIP marks amongst these seasons at .44 and .50. He was good at baseball.

  10. Gooden and Strawberry(particularly the latter) are poster boys for drugs ruing HoF quality careers.

  11. WTH happened to Dontrelle?

  12. Mtlack was better than Koosman for a while there.He even was better than Seaver a season or two.

  13. What this really shows is just how much the use of pitching staffs has changed in the last 15 years. Tudor, Gooden, Hersheiser, Guidry, Clemens (in 88), Valenzuela, Tanana, Palmer, Belcher-they all completed virtually every game. Only Mike Moore was an outlier. From 1997 on, Willis and Cliff Lee had five CG out of 9, and Maddux 5 out of 8. All the rest completed less than half their "shutout" starts, including Pedro, who was 0-8 in 2002.

  14. John Autin Says:

    Um, yeah, Tudor had a great '85 season, but in what sense did he "almost beat [Gooden] out legitimately for the Cy Young Award"?

    Obviously, you don't mean the actual voting, which Gooden swept.

    So we're talking about performance. Please, someone, formulate the argument that Tudor was close to Gooden that year:
    -- Raw ERA, Gooden was 0.40 better.
    -- ERA+, Gooden was 44 pts better
    -- Gooden had more IP, more CG, way more Ks.
    -- Gooden had a teensy edge in WAR ... 11.7 to 7.5
    -- Gooden pitched his very best when he had the least run support. Tudor did not. While Gooden had the better raw run support, it was Tudor who fattened his record by going 11-1 in 15 games where he got 6+ runs; Gooden won only 8 such games. In games with 0-2 run support, Tudor was 3-4, 1.27; Gooden went 5-4, 1.01. In games with 3-5 run support. Tudor went 7-3, 2.41; Gooden was 11-0, 1.23 in 12 games (smoke that!).

    What, if anything, did Tudor do better than Gooden that year?

    Tudor had a great year. Plenty of pitchers have won the CYA with 7.5 WAR. But Gooden's year was much, much better.

  15. John Garrett Franklin Says:

    @5, @6, @7 One of the fun things for me about Tudor's 1985 season was that I had the opportunity to watch Fernando Valenzuela outduel Tudor at Dodger stadium 3-0, handing Tudor his only loss during this great run. Valenzuela was masterful, finishing with a 3-hit shutout.

    @15, I agree. Yes, Tudor was great but Gooden left no doubt that year that he was the best. There simply was no category to which one could point and say Tudor was better. Tudor's season was simply second best. This is reminiscent of seasons put up by Juan Marichal (63, 66, 68) that were great seasons, but not better than the masters (Koufax, Gibson).

  16. I think it was more arm abuse than drugs that ruined it for Gooden. Same for guys like Fernando. Look at Gooden past age 25, not that great. Same for Fernando after age 27. They pitched SO often so young, I think their arms just weren't anywhere near as effective.

  17. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Uh oh. I've set off the Mets fan in John.

    You caught me emerging from my hyperbolic chamber, John. Gooden had a magnificent season in 1985, whereas Tudor had two-thirds of a season that IMO was just as good. In fact, Gooden was so dominant in '85 that it's amazing anyone else could even be in the discussion for the CYA. Tudor was in the discussion.

    Gooden had . . . way more Ks. As noted, Tudor's pitching style was much different from Gooden's. I shrug in your general direction.

    What, if anything, did Tudor do better than Gooden that year?

    Maybe only one thing. (See teams' respective records at end of game, and note which team wound up winning the division.) Other than that, I have to concede your point. Tudor was rock solid for the Cards down the stretch in a pennant-winning season; Gooden was Y2K Pedro 15 years early.

    (smoke that!)

    Yeah? Well, you were inconsistent in putting periods at the end of your bullet points! How can you expect me to take your arguments seriously? (-;þ

  18. 2 other guys have a semi-decent shot at 10 and they're teammates: Clayton Kershaw and Hiroki Kuroda are both sitting on 7 games of 7+ shutout IP. If I had given you 50 guesses, would anyone have named Kuroda for this list? He has squeaked onto this list with a lot of games meeting only the bare minimum - 5 of his 7 such games are exactly 7 IP.

    It should be noted there are a dozen guys at 4 or 5 who probably also technically have a shot at 10 but, well, that's not terribly realistic.

  19. When I saw the title of this post my first thought was Mike Scott in 86. He was dominant that year.

    @12 Matlack was never better than Seaver. Not even for a minute or two.

  20. 19 1974.Seaver was way better in the long haul,no doubt.Not casting aspersions,just saying Matlack was really good for a while there.

  21. There was something expectant about watching Dwight Gooden in 1985. He had a tremendous rookie season in '84 (led the league in pitchers WAR, WHIP, H/9, S0, SO/9, HR/9 and was 2nd in ERA, ERA+, SO/BB and WPA). In 1985 he started where he left off - and then got a lot better. There was a sense that we were watching someone who could challenge the best ever. He was so polished at such a young age. He didn't suffer from streaks of wildness, could command all his pitches, and was surrounded by a team on the rise. As Kahuna Tuna says, he was Y2K Pedro 15 years earlier - and he was only 20. It looked like he might do that for another 15 years.

  22. @20 I know that Matlack was good for awhile. And I can live with the Koosman comment. But Seaver is probably in the top 5 for pitchers who
    pitched entirely after WW2 (this should spur debate).

    As for 1974, I have to believe that Seaver wasn't himself physically that
    season. That aside I guess you could argue that Matlack was slightly
    better that season, although I disagree.

  23. Prior to Gooden the last pitcher to be that dominant right out of the gate
    was probably Herb Score. He was before my time. Sad what happened
    to him. Would like to hear from some who saw him.

  24. Wasn't 1985 Tudor's hand-in-the-fan post-season blow-up? Or was that 1987?

    @17 KT: I really don't believe the Mets win the division w/Tudor if they don't win it with Gooden. I imagine the Cards with Gooden finish another 4 games further ahead (difference in WAR over Tudor)?

    Still, that being said (written?), Tudor was absolutely unconscious in 1985.

  25. @9, Pedro really wasn't very good at baseball, just at pitching

  26. John Autin Says:

    @17, KT -- Excellent find in that link ... but isn't that really something that Tudor did better than Jesse Orosco?

    Unless you meant that Tudor masterfully manipulated the timing of all plate appearances, so that Gooden's spot would come up in the 9th with no one on, resulting in a pinch-hitter, while Tudor's spot came up in the 10th after Cedeno had homered off Orosco for the lead.

    But, it's all good, my friend. :)

  27. Jim McDevitt Says:

    @25, Pedro's lifetime WAR: 73.5. I'd say he was pretty good at baseball.

  28. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    It is all good, John. I have no Doc in this fight.

  29. Kershaw's 2011 missed making this list by 0.1 innings.

  30. @23

    Karl Spooner in 1954 was unbelievable in 2 starts (game scores of 93 and 88). Was this debut by a pitcher the best ever?

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BRO/BRO195409220.shtml

    In 1955 he was above average (8-6, 3.65, 112 ERA+), blew his arm out and was never heard from again. 24 years old.

  31. John Autin Says:

    @28 -- Excellent. No more shall I fend off your Judo Thorn by Dodging The Ow. Let's seal the truce with an "Oh, Jr.!" Donut and a Winged Hot Dog, then ring the Odd White Gong to celebrate Joon Thurd.

  32. Dontrelle should have been the cy young that year. He was best pitcher in baseball that year

  33. Fernando Valenzuela pitched 8 shutouts in 1981, a strike-shortened season. Every time he had a shutout going for 7 innings, he turned it into a complete game shutout. i can only imagine how many more he would have had if there had not been a two-month strike.

  34. Pedro Martinez completed none of these games in 2002, despite going 7 or more shutout. none. and between 2000 and 2002 just four of his 17 7+ ip 0ER games were completed.

  35. 34 How much of that is on the manager?

  36. Kershaw went 6 full shutout innings tonight against the Cardinals.
    After 108 pitchers and the Dodgers having an 11-0 lead he was replaced by Hawksworth.

  37. @27, I was joking, clearly Pedro had a lot of value. I was referring to this quote

    "Pitchers aren't ball players." - Dazzy Vance

  38. Regarding Pedro and CGs... (Sox fans, brace yourselves)

    It's weird how Grady Little kept yanking him out of these dominant starts right about at 100 pitches (including back-to-back one hitters (holy smokes) and FOUR consecutive games in July and August... but at 110 pitches and having just given up three hits in the prior frame, he sent Pedro out in the eighth inning of Game 7, 2003 ALCS.

  39. @36 Mattingly is reverting to 2009 pitch count limits with him. Because the Dodgers are out of it, Mattingly is doing what he thinks is best for Kershaw. Isn't better to let him go as long as he can so he can build endurance though?

  40. To this observer, pitchers have regained the high, as well as the inside strike. The umpires have seemed to reverted back to a more conventional pre-1980's strike zone. Anyone else see that?

  41. In Lee's last start, I noticed that the starting pitchers were Lee and Gee. It got me to thinking about other rhyming pitching matchups but I couldn't think of any....can anybody else?

  42. Rocky Calhoun Says:

    The Mets Are Pond Scum

    John Tudor Vs. The New York Mets 1985

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN198504110.shtml

    4.11.85 – In the second game of the year, Tudor squares off against Ron Darling, Tudor goes 9 and gives up no runs. Keith Hernandez leads off the Bottom of the 11th with a single, followed by a Gary Carter single and an intentional walk to George Foster. Danny Heep comes off the bench and Neil Allen walks in the winning run.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SLN/SLN198504220.shtml

    4.22.85 – In Tudor’s second loss of the year, he gives up HRs to Foster and Strawberry, going only 3 innings. Cardinals lose 6-7 at Bush Stadium. Schiraldi goes six and gets his first victory of the season - Orosco gets his second save.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN198506080.shtml

    6.8.85 - 1–0 Cardinal victory for Tudor over Ed Lynch, who pitches 8 shutout innings and Tommy Herr hits a ninth inning Shea Stadium HR off of Tom Gorman. This victory gives Tudor a 3-7 record.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SLN/SLN198506280.shtml

    6.28.85 – To even his record to 8-8, Tudor pitches seven plus, giving up HRs to Wilson and Foster – Tommy Herr, goes 3-4 with a HR in the third, raising his average to .346. Tom Nieto, gets the big hit of the day, a two our single, driving in Van Slyke and de Jesus. Ken Daley pitches a four out save and the Cardinals hold on to a 3-2 victory at Busch.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN198509110.shtml

    9.11.85 - 10 Inning masterpiece, Cesar Cedeno comes off the bench and hits a HR off Jesse Orosco and Tudor comes back to finish off the Mets in the bottom of the Tenth. Gooden is out-dueled, pitches 9 and Ks 7. With Jack Clark injured, Mike Jorgenson was the starting first baseman for the Cardinals.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SLN/SLN198510010.shtml

    10.01.85 – Darling and Tudor battles through nine shutout innings – Darling is replaced by Orosco who gets the win after Ken Daley gives up a two-out top of the 11th HR to Stawberry. The Cardinals get only four hits all day but they hold off the Mets for the NL East title.

    The Cardinals take down the LA Dodgers with Ozzie’s “Go Crazy Folks” Game 5 HR and Jack “The Ripper” Clark’s big-time Game 6 HR off Niedenfuer (Thanks Tommy) - going on to win the NL Pennant. Heatbreak in Kansas City, but Tudor had one of the great pitching performances of all time not to receive the Cy Young - 275 innings, finishing 21-7 with a 1.93 ERA. I was ten years old and it was a summer I will never forget.

  43. Tudor was 21-8 in '85.

  44. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    No more shall I fend off your Judo Thorn by Dodging The Ow. Let's seal the truce with an "Oh, Jr.!" Donut and a Winged Hot Dog, then ring the Odd White Gong to celebrate Joon Thurd.

    Mmm, odD Thought — Joined wronG?

  45. [...] Baseball Reference said with one more start like that he would become the first pitcher since Dwight Gooden and John Tudor in 1985 to accomplish it 10 times in one season. Click the link to take a look at others on the list. [...]

  46. Just hit 10.