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Cliff Lee’s 6th shutout

Posted by Andy on September 5, 2011

Sorry for a third straight post involving the Phillies, but I see that Cliff Lee has thrown 7 shutouts innings so far tonight and might get his 6th shutout of the season.

If he does, he'll be the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1998 to record 6 shutouts in a season:

Rk Player SHO Year Age
1 John Tudor 10 1985 31
2 Tim Belcher 8 1989 27
3 Orel Hershiser 8 1988 29
4 Roger Clemens 8 1988 25
5 Dwight Gooden 8 1985 20
6 Fernando Valenzuela 8 1981 20
7 Roger Clemens 7 1987 24
8 Randy Johnson 6 1998 34
9 Danny Jackson 6 1988 26
10 Tim Leary 6 1988 30
11 Jack Morris 6 1986 31
12 Steve Carlton 6 1982 37
13 Jerry Reuss 6 1980 31
14 Tommy John 6 1980 37
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The above list is most shutouts in a season since 1980.

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19 Responses to “Cliff Lee’s 6th shutout”

  1. Dark Leviathan Says:

    Plus he almost had one during his last start but Ryan Madson went in after 8 2/3 innings with men on base.

  2. Lee would also take the all time lead for most shutouts in a season in which all of a pitcher's complete games were shutouts. For whatever that's worth.

  3. @2

    Rk Player SHO CG Year Age Tm Lg G GS GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA ERA+ HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
    1 Cliff Lee 5 5 2011 32 PHI NL 27 27 0 15 7 .682 0 194.2 165 58 56 40 198 2.59 150 15 774 719 26 3 0 5 6 4 15 10 4 2 0 0 .229 .273 .337 .610 70 2874 1977
    2 Bob Ojeda 5 5 1988 30 NYM NL 29 29 0 10 13 .435 0 190.1 158 74 61 33 133 2.88 113 6 752 703 37 5 2 4 6 6 10 22 8 0 7 4 .225 .261 .317 .579
    3 Derek Holland 4 4 2011 24 TEX AL 28 28 0 13 5 .722 0 172.1 182 88 79 57 133 4.13 106 17 739 672 32 1 1 6 1 3 18 7 9 5 0 2 .271 .332 .397 .729 94 2811 1804
    4 Denny Neagle 4 4 1997 28 ATL NL 34 34 0 20 5 .800 0 233.1 204 87 77 49 172 2.97 140 18 947 874 46 6 5 6 12 6 8 14 8 2 0 3 .233 .277 .362 .639
    5 Pedro Astacio 4 4 1992 23 LAD NL 11 11 0 5 5 .500 0 82.0 80 23 18 20 43 1.98 177 1 341 314 8 2 4 2 3 2 12 5 3 0 0 1 .255 .302 .303 .604
    6 Doc Medich 4 4 1981 32 TEX AL 20 20 0 10 6 .625 0 143.1 136 51 49 33 65 3.08 112 8 585 540 17 0 5 2 8 2 6 8 8 0 0 1 .252 .296 .328 .624
    7 J.R. Richard 4 4 1980 30 HOU NL 17 17 0 10 4 .714 0 113.2 65 31 24 40 119 1.90 174 2 438 391 13 1 1 0 5 2 8 14 1 1 0 2 .166 .242 .220 .462
    8 Frank Bertaina 4 4 1967 23 TOT AL 23 19 2 7 6 .538 0 117.1 107 45 39 51 86 2.99 106 12 494 434 12 3 1 0 6 3 13 4 4 0 0 7 .247 .324 .371 .695
    9 Johnny Humphries 4 4 1941 26 CHW AL 14 6 7 4 2 .667 1 73.1 63 18 15 22 25 1.84 224 2 300 1 0 0
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  4. Sly in Montreal Says:

    And among that list up there (from Tudor to T.John), how many of those guys actually won the Cy Young THAT year?

    Great stat! Thanks! :)

  5. Larry Jaster had 5 SHO's against the Dodgers one in 1966. Has anyone else had that many against 1 team?

  6. M. Scott Eiland Says:

    That'll cost Halladay some points in the Cy Young voting--writers love shutouts.

    Oh, and five of the guys on that list won the Cy Young (Gooden, Clemens 87, Hershiser, Valenzuela, and Carlton), with three finishing second (Tudor, Jackson, and Reuss). Not bad.

  7. @5

    That's probably a record. Dean Chance, Bob Lemon, and Sandy Koufax (among others, I'm sure) put up 3 shutouts in a season against single teams. Bob Feller threw 4 shutouts against the White Sox in 1946. Juan Marichal threw 4 shutouts against the Mets in 1965. Mort Cooper had 3 shutouts against two teams in 1942.

    I'm pretty sure Walter Johnson threw 20+ career shutouts against Philadelphia, but I don't know what his greatest season was.

  8. Grover Cleveland Alexander with the Phillies shut out the Cards 5 times in 1916.

  9. Wow, John Tudor had 16 career shutouts, of which 10 came in 1985. Number of shutouts by year: 0, 0, 0, 1, 2, 1, 10, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1.

  10. Here are all Phillies pitchers who had at least 6 shutouts in a season. http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/rMxHo Lee is the first one to accomplish the feat since SteveCarlton in1982.

  11. White Sox Rookie Zach Stewart took a perfect no hitter into the 8th. inning against Minnesota.
    He had thrown only 78 pitches.

    In the 8th he had a problem with lead-off batter Danny Valencia who finally hit his 8th pitch of the at bat for a double.

    Stewart got out of the inning without giving up the run and got 2 strikeouts in the 9th to get the shutout 4-0 with 9 K-s

  12. Just curious, Andy -- Were you going to delete the post if Lee hadn't made it, or were you prepared to ride "Dewey Defeats Truman!" to the bitter end? :)

    FWIW, my game notes are up:
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14668

  13. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    Any other year Tudor gets the Cy. Bad timing.

  14. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Bad timing.

    You're only rhyming since last week
    Paramedics'll be prying my foot out your a$$ cheeks.

    Sorry, those lines always come to mind when I hear those words. ANY underground classic.

  15. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Insert a space between "A" and "NY." All apologies.

  16. @ #5 Larry Jaster vs. the Dodgers in '66. 5 CG Sho. No EBH's in 45 IP.

  17. That Tudor season gets forgotten because of Gooden's campaign. Makes for a great trivia question, who led MLB in shutouts in 1985. Also forgotten is the fact that Tudor started the season 1-7 and closed it out 20-1 w/a 1.37 ERA! 1985 Cards compete with the 1993 Phils for most fun recent (it's all relative) team not to win a WS.

  18. Don't forget Christy Mathewson's 3 shutouts in the WS!

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