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Die Hard McClain

Posted by Steve Lombardi on May 22, 2009

Which big league pitcher, since 1954, has the longest streak of pitching at least 7 innings in a game from the start of his career?  According to Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Pitching Streak Finder, here's the answer:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games   W   L   GS  CG SHO  GF  SV   IP     H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR   ERA  HBP  WP  BK Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Joe McClain        1961-04-14  1961-06-01     9    5   3   9   3   1   0   0   72     59   23   21   13   21   3   2.63   2   1   0 WSA
 Steve Rogers       1973-07-18  1973-08-18     7    4   2   7   4   2   0   0   59.2   36    8    8   19   27   3   1.21   0   0   0 MON
 Tom Browning       1984-09-09  1985-04-21     6    3   0   6   1   0   0   0   47.1   41    6    5    8   28   0   0.95   0   1   0 CIN
 Steve Gromek       1954-04-13  1954-05-14     6    5   1   6   5   1   0   0   54     47   14   14    5   25   5   2.33   2   1   0 DET
 Curt Simmons       1954-04-14  1954-05-12     6    4   2   6   6   1   0   0   54     46   14    9   21   28   1   1.50   0   0   0 PHI

Amazing.  If not for this game, the streak would have been 14 games for McClain.   For more on Joe, click here.

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4 Responses to “Die Hard McClain”

  1. [...] off from the Stat of the Day, I was curious as to which pitcher started off his “Yankees career” with the longest [...]

  2. David in Toledo Says:

    Remember that the database starts in 1954, no matter how many years someone might have pitched prior to 1954. Those aren't the start of Gromek's (1948 Doby photo)and Simmons's (1950 Whiz Kids) careers.

  3. If the list did not count relief appearances made before a pitcher's debut as a starter, Fernando Valenzuela worked at least 7 innings in each of his first 10 ML starts (1981). Further, he pitched 9 innings in each of his first 8 starts, including 7 complete games -- one went extra innings -- and an amazing 5 shutouts. He had made 10 relief appearances late in 1980 (0.00 ERA) before earning the Opening Day start in '81.

  4. JDV if you don't count relief appearances Mark Fidrych wins. He made 2 relief appearances before his first start. He then ran off 13 consecutive 7+ IP starts.
    http://www.bb-ref.com/play-index/shareit/zSzj