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Both starting pitchers with a game score of at least 64 in Game 2 of the World Series

Posted by Andy on October 21, 2011

Last night, Colby Lewis had a game score of 64 and Jaime Garcia had a 77. That was the first time in a quite a while that both starters in Game 2 of the World Series reached a 64:

Rk Tm Opp Date #Matching
1 TEX STL 2011-10-20 2
2 BAL NYM 1969-10-12 2
3 PHI NYY 1950-10-05 2
4 NYY BRO 1949-10-06 2
5 STL DET 1934-10-04 2
6 PHA STL 1931-10-02 2
7 NYY NYG 1922-10-05 2
8 BRO BOS 1916-10-09 2
9 PHI BOS 1915-10-09 2
10 PHA BSN 1914-10-10 2
11 PHA NYG 1913-10-08 2
12 NYG PHA 1905-10-10 2
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Generated 10/21/2011.

It's only happened 12 times, the last being by Jerry Koosman (77) and Dave McNally (71) in 1969.

The last time it happened in any World Series game was in Game 1 of 2009, when Cliff Lee (83) and CC Sabathia (64) did it.

 

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10 Responses to “Both starting pitchers with a game score of at least 64 in Game 2 of the World Series”

  1. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    It's probably more common in Game 1; that's when the teams are most likely to start their marquis pitchers

  2. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Both starting pitchers with Game Score of 64 or higher, by game number:

    WS Game 1: 16 occurrences
    WS Game 2: 12 occurrences
    WS Game 3: 16 occurrences
    WS Game 4: 13 occurrences
    WS Game 5: 13 occurrences
    WS Game 6: 3 occurrences
    WS Game 7: 5 occurrences

    Game 1; that's when the teams are most likely to start their marquis pitchers

    Forgive me, Frank — I'm going to take this one, tuck it under my arm and run with it. The answer is Game 4 of the 2004 World Series, for the Cardinals, Game Score of 47 in a 3-0 loss to the Red Sox.

  3. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    My HTML habits are getting awfully sloppy.

  4. Jaime Garcia's 77 Game Score was the 2nd-highest in a World Series no-decision. Wild Bill Donovan had an 83 in a 13-inning tie game in the 1907 opener:
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHN/CHN190710080.shtml

  5. Looking at how frequently (in relative terms) that this happened in the deadball era, one might surmise that game score is not adjusted for context of the run-scoring environment. Is that right?

  6. This has been a great start to a World Series. Good pitching, tight games and not taking three-and-a-half hours (or longer) to play.

    The last time the first two games of the World Series were played this crisply? It was the Cardinals again, in 2006 against Detroit.

  7. @6: I'm thinking it has more to do with the vanishing complete game.

    Innings pitched after the 4th are important for a high game score.

  8. marquee

  9. @9: That to. Marquee pitchers that make more for 1 regular season start than they do for 5 postseason starts.