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Youngest with 7 scoreless IP in a postseason game

Posted by John Autin on September 30, 2011

Matt Moore, Johnny Damon and Kelly Shoppach led the Rays to a 1-0 lead in their ALDS with Texas.

At 22 years and about 104 days, Moore becomes the 9th-youngest pitcher to throw at least 7 shutout innings in a postseason game, slotting in between Waite Hoyt and Gary Nolan on the following list. Number 2 should ring a bell:

Rk Player Age Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP ERA WPA RE24 aLI
1 Jim Palmer 20.356 1966-10-06 WS 2 BAL LAD W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 4 0 0 3 6 0 82 34 31 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.305 3.768 .696
2 Madison Bumgarner 21.091 2010-10-31 WS 4 SFG TEX W 4-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 3 0 0 2 6 0 106 69 80 27 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.461 4.296 1.016
3 Chief Bender 21.158 1905-10-10 WS 2 PHA NYG W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 4 0 0 3 9 0 85 34 31 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.564 4.188 1.457
4 Steve Avery 21.179 1991-10-10 NLCS 2 ATL PIT W 1-0 GS-9 ,W 8.1 6 0 0 2 9 0 118 78 78 32 30 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.507 3.437 1.591
5 Steve Avery 21.185 1991-10-16 NLCS 6 ATL PIT W 1-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 3 0 0 2 8 0 116 77 82 26 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.526 3.624 1.202
6 Bret Saberhagen 21.199 1985-10-27 WS 7 KCR STL W 11-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 0 2 0 92 64 79 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.203 4.601 .338
7 Wally Bunker 21.256 1966-10-08 WS 3 BAL LAD W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 6 0 0 1 6 0 80 33 31 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.684 3.857 1.634
8 Waite Hoyt 22.027 1921-10-06 WS 2 NYY NYG W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 5 5 0 83 32 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.658 5.252 1.312
9 Gary Nolan 22.129 1970-10-03 NLCS 1 CIN PIT W 3-0 GS-9 ,W 9.0 8 0 0 4 6 0 110 68 73 37 31 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.678 4.389 1.612
10 Bill James 22.212 1914-10-10 WS 2 BSN PHA W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 3 8 0 88 28 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0.00 0.648 3.501 1.486
11 Johnny Podres 23.004 1955-10-04 WS 7 BRO NYY W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 8 0 0 2 4 0 73 35 33 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.623 4.440 1.440
12 Johnny Kucks 23.075 1956-10-10 WS 7 NYY BRO W 9-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 3 1 0 79 31 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.231 4.682 .436
13 Josh Beckett 23.150 2003-10-12 NLCS 5 FLA CHC W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 1 11 0 115 80 93 30 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.477 4.570 .796
14 Josh Beckett 23.163 2003-10-25 WS 6 FLA NYY W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 2 9 0 107 71 84 32 29 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.651 4.802 1.373
15 Babe Ruth 23.211 1918-09-05 WS 1 BOS CHC W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 6 0 0 1 4 0 78 35 32 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.748 3.709 1.557
16 Jon Matlack 23.261 1973-10-07 NLCS 2 NYM CIN W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 3 9 0 89 31 27 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.00 0.602 3.937 1.210
17 Danny Jackson 23.281 1985-10-13 ALCS 5 KCR TOR W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 8 0 0 1 6 0 113 76 76 35 34 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.560 4.601 1.228
18 Dave McNally 23.343 1966-10-09 WS 4 BAL LAD W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 4 0 0 2 4 0 81 30 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.688 3.857 1.599
19 John Lackey 23.354 2002-10-12 ALCS 4 ANA MIN W 7-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 3 0 0 0 7 0 79 55 78 23 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.459 3.806 .927
20 Phil Hughes 24.107 2010-10-09 ALDS 3 NYY MIN W 6-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 4 0 0 1 6 0 99 67 74 25 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.281 3.688 .611
21 Andy Pettitte 24.131 1996-10-24 WS 5 NYY ATL W 1-0 GS-9 ,W 8.1 5 0 0 3 4 0 96 59 74 31 28 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0.00 0.452 4.010 1.608
22 John Smoltz 24.155 1991-10-17 NLCS 7 ATL PIT W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 6 0 0 1 8 0 123 82 82 35 34 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.312 4.077 .776
23 John Smoltz 24.165 1991-10-27 WS 7 ATL MIN L 0-1 GS-8 7.1 6 0 0 1 4 0 105 69 69 29 27 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.310 2.979 1.221
24 Jimmy Ring 24.231 1919-10-04 WS 4 CIN CHW W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 3 2 0 80 37 31 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.580 4.147 1.338
25 Dizzy Dean 24.266 1934-10-09 WS 7 STL DET W 11-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 6 0 0 0 5 0 80 34 34 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.161 5.202 .291
26 Jon Lester 24.273 2008-10-06 ALDS 4 BOS LAA W 3-2 GS-7 7.0 4 0 0 2 4 0 109 69 71 27 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.446 4.031 1.075
27 Cole Hamels 24.279 2008-10-01 NLDS 1 PHI MIL W 3-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 2 0 0 1 9 0 101 67 86 27 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.397 4.206 .774
28 Dave Ferriss 24.308 1946-10-09 WS 3 BOS STL W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 6 0 0 1 2 0 76 31 30 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0.00 0.367 4.349 .696
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Generated 10/1/2011.

 

Moore allowed 2 hits and 2 walks, with 6 Ks, for a Game Score of 77. He's the 11th-youngest with a postseason Game Score of at least 75:

Rk Player Age Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP ERA WPA RE24 aLI
1 Fernando Valenzuela 20.343 1981-10-10 NLDS 4 LAD HOU W 2-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 1 1 1 4 0 78 31 29 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1.00 0.548 2.768 1.177
2 Fernando Valenzuela 20.352 1981-10-19 NLCS 5 LAD MON W 2-1 GS-9 ,W 8.2 3 1 1 3 6 0 113 71 77 32 28 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.04 0.388 2.526 1.213
3 Jim Palmer 20.356 1966-10-06 WS 2 BAL LAD W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 4 0 0 3 6 0 82 34 31 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.305 3.768 .696
4 Madison Bumgarner 21.091 2010-10-31 WS 4 SFG TEX W 4-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 3 0 0 2 6 0 106 69 80 27 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.461 4.296 1.016
5 Steve Avery 21.179 1991-10-10 NLCS 2 ATL PIT W 1-0 GS-9 ,W 8.1 6 0 0 2 9 0 118 78 78 32 30 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.507 3.437 1.591
6 Steve Avery 21.185 1991-10-16 NLCS 6 ATL PIT W 1-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 3 0 0 2 8 0 116 77 82 26 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.526 3.624 1.202
7 Bret Saberhagen 21.194 1985-10-22 WS 3 KCR STL W 6-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 6 1 1 1 8 0 132 88 78 33 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.00 0.264 3.066 .773
8 Bret Saberhagen 21.199 1985-10-27 WS 7 KCR STL W 11-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 0 2 0 92 64 79 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.203 4.601 .338
9 Wally Bunker 21.256 1966-10-08 WS 3 BAL LAD W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 6 0 0 1 6 0 80 33 31 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.684 3.857 1.634
10 Waite Hoyt 22.027 1921-10-06 WS 2 NYY NYG W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 5 5 0 83 32 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.658 5.252 1.312
11 Waite Hoyt 22.034 1921-10-13 WS 8 NYY NYG L 0-1 CG 9 ,L 9.0 6 1 0 4 7 0 76 37 31 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.412 4.252 1.020
12 Livan Hernandez 22.234 1997-10-12 NLCS 5 FLA ATL W 2-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 3 1 1 2 15 1 143 88 90 31 29 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.00 0.609 3.389 1.243
13 Ross Grimsley 22.277 1972-10-10 NLCS 4 CIN PIT W 7-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 2 1 1 0 5 1 84 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.00 0.285 2.659 .541
14 Mark Prior 23.026 2003-10-03 NLDS 3 CHC ATL W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 2 1 1 4 7 0 133 89 82 34 28 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1.00 0.493 3.712 1.059
15 Johnny Kucks 23.075 1956-10-10 WS 7 NYY BRO W 9-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 3 1 0 79 31 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.231 4.682 .436
16 Don Newcombe 23.113 1949-10-05 WS 1 BRO NYY L 0-1 CG 9 ,L 8.0 5 1 1 0 11 1 79 29 29 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.12 0.206 3.224 1.229
17 Josh Beckett 23.150 2003-10-12 NLCS 5 FLA CHC W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 1 11 0 115 80 93 30 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.477 4.570 .796
18 Barry Zito 23.153 2001-10-13 ALDS 3 OAK NYY L 0-1 GS-8 ,L 8.0 2 1 1 1 6 1 110 74 79 29 26 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.12 0.319 3.341 .918
19 Josh Beckett 23.163 2003-10-25 WS 6 FLA NYY W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 2 9 0 107 71 84 32 29 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.651 4.802 1.373
20 Jon Matlack 23.261 1973-10-07 NLCS 2 NYM CIN W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 3 9 0 89 31 27 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.00 0.602 3.937 1.210
21 Jon Matlack 23.271 1973-10-17 WS 4 NYM OAK W 6-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 3 1 0 2 5 0 77 31 28 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.155 2.614 .569
22 Danny Jackson 23.281 1985-10-13 ALCS 5 KCR TOR W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 8 0 0 1 6 0 113 76 76 35 34 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.560 4.601 1.228
23 Danny Jackson 23.292 1985-10-24 WS 5 KCR STL W 6-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 5 1 1 3 5 0 125 80 75 35 32 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1.00 0.247 3.066 .782
24 Fausto Carmona 23.302 2007-10-05 ALDS 2 CLE NYY W 2-1 GS-9 9.0 3 1 1 2 5 1 113 77 80 31 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1.00 0.487 4.004 1.142
25 Dave McNally 23.343 1966-10-09 WS 4 BAL LAD W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 4 0 0 2 4 0 81 30 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.688 3.857 1.599
26 John Lackey 23.354 2002-10-12 ALCS 4 ANA MIN W 7-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 3 0 0 0 7 0 79 55 78 23 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.459 3.806 .927
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Generated 9/30/2011.

 

Moore now has a streak of 13 straight scoreless innings, dating to his Sept. 17 relief stint against Boston.

Not all of Joe Maddon's decisions will turn out so well, but he's riding a pretty good streak at the moment.

(Check out another take on Moore's start from Andy.)

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18 Responses to “Youngest with 7 scoreless IP in a postseason game”

  1. May be ignorant, but how was there a NLDS in 1981? Was it because of the divided season?

  2. @1, Dark -- That's correct -- so, no need to beat yourself up!

  3. Mathewson's three shutouts in 1905 just missed the list. It was his age-24 season, but his birthday was in August so he was 25 and change during those games.

  4. Fernando!

  5. Avery also with the nice back-to-back

  6. Kelly Shoppach with 5 ribbies. Only previous catchers with 5 or more RBI in a post-season game have been greats: Dickey, 1936. Bench, 1976. Munson, 1978. Pudge Rodriguez, 2003

  7. Palmer, Bunker and McNally: All three in consecutive World Series games, 1966.

  8. Hola, Luis! Yeah, Fernando's on that 2nd list. He also ranks 7th in postseason starters' ERA among all pitchers with at least 7 starts. He went 5-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 8 starts, including 3-1, 2.21 in that rookie season.

  9. Thomas Court Says:

    Why isn't Babe Ruth on this list? Am I missing something? (something else, that is).

  10. Thomas Court Says:

    By my cruel math, Babe's game one shutout in game one of the 1918 World Series was when he was 23 years, 211 days old - which puts him just behind Josh Beckett on the first list.

  11. John Autin Says:

    @7, Steven -- Since you mentioned McNally, I see that he tossed a 2-hit shutout in his MLB debut 4 years before that WS, at the age of 19. It was against the KC A's, who were a bad team but a good offense, 4th in a 10-team league.

    McNally pitched the 1st game of a doubleheader that day; in the nightcap, the A's and Orlando Pena beat Robin Roberts. Roberts had been the 1st pitcher ever to allow 40 HRs in a season (and the 2nd, and the 4th); Pena would become the 6th. His fellow Cuban, Pedro Ramos, was the 3rd.

    The Orioles brought up McNally after he spent the whole '62 season at class A, where he had a good year, but nothing special. I guess it wasn't so unusual back then to bring up a 19-year-old from class A for no obvious reason.

    Looking back on McNally's career, it's kind of surprising that the O's didn't give up on him. He joined the rotation at age 20, took 2 full years to really get established, had 2 pretty good years, then got hurt in '67 (pitching about half the season and pretty badly). Finally, in '68, his 6th year in the rotation, he began his run of 4 straight 20-win seasons.

    And yet, it shows what a player can do when he gets to the majors really young. McNally was just 28 at the end of that 4-year run. He only lasted about 3 more years; he was washed up at 32 -- but he finished with 184 wins. He was one of a dozen pitchers in the live-ball era to reach 180 wins by age 31. Seaver had 182 through 31, Maddux 184.

  12. John Autin Says:

    @9/10, Thomas Court -- Thanks for catching that. I've corrected the list. I first had the list as postseason debuts, then I took out the debut angle.
    I must have goofed up somehow.

  13. Thomas Court Says:

    @12

    No problem John... You are allowed one goof up every now and then. Your game wrap summaries are "must reads" - especially to us late night posters. I look forward to them for the rest of the playoffs.

  14. John Autin Says:

    Thanks, Thomas. I wish there had been a 2nd game; I'm pretty bummed out about the Tigers-Yankees "rainout" that will actually be resumed tomorrow from the point of suspension, under the new rule.

    It's going to be a very strange thing -- two new starting pitchers, but only 7-1/2 innings left to play. I can't really fault anyone for the decision to start the game -- it looked like rain most of the day here in the NYC area, but then it's looked and felt like rain for the last 2 weeks, without actually raining all that much. And I understand the point of the new rule. But the result stinks -- we'll only get one real start in the series from Verlander and Sabathia.

    One more bizarre turn of events in a month that was packed with them.

  15. John Autin Says:

    (Not to mention how the suspended game will pollute Verlander's and Sabathia's postseason stats for all posterity.)

  16. Kingturtle Says:

    wait! wasn't babe ruth on the list of oldest to have a multi-HR post season game? and he's also on this list, of youngest pitchers to have a night like Moore's? yeah, ruth remains my favorite player.

  17. @11: The Orioles also acquired a pitcher during that era whose career path was the opposite of McNally: Mike Cuellar, who didn't acheive a whole lot of success until after he turned thirty.

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