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Most conseuctive starts 7+ IP to start a season

Posted by Andy on May 28, 2009

Roy Halladay did it again last night, pitching 7 innings in the Blue Jays' eventual 12-10 loss (their 9th straight--ouch!) He's gone at least 7 innings in every one of his 11 starts so far this year, but as you might except he's a long way from the record for most starts with 7+ IP to start a season:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games   W   L   GS  CG SHO  GF  SV   IP     H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR   ERA  HBP  WP  BK Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Bob Gibson         1968-04-10  1968-09-27    34   22   9  34  28  13   0   0  304.2  198   49   38   62  268  11   1.12   7   4   0 STL                                  

 Tom Seaver         1970-04-07  1970-08-15    27   17   7  27  18   2   0   0  231.2  163   65   62   60  226  19   2.41   2   3   0 NYM                                  

 Gaylord Perry      1972-04-15  1972-06-13    15   10   5  15  11   3   0   0  131.2   93   28   26   29   90   5   1.78   5   4   0 CLE                                  

 Roger Clemens      1992-04-07  1992-06-16    14    9   4  14   6   3   0   0  112.1   80   24   22   24  104   5   1.76   3   0   0 BOS                                  

 Curt Schilling     2001-04-04  2001-06-06    13   10   1  13   4   1   0   0  100.1   86   30   29   12  108  16   2.60   0   1   0 ARI                                  
 Mark Fidrych       1976-05-15  1976-07-20    13   11   2  13  12   2   0   0  120.1   93   26   23   28   50   5   1.72   1   2   0 DET                                  
 Phil Niekro        1969-04-08  1969-06-16    13    9   4  13  11   3   0   0  112     78   28   23   22   80   4   1.85   3   5   0 ATL                                  

 Ron Darling        1988-04-06  1988-06-04    12    6   3  12   3   2   0   0   93     66   24   23   23   60   6   2.23   1   1   2 NYM                                  
 Jack Morris        1984-04-03  1984-05-28    12   10   1  12   7   1   0   0  100.1   65   26   21   32   68   5   1.88   2   6   0 DET                                  
 Rick Langford      1981-04-10  1981-06-10    12    5   7  12  11   0   0   0  103     93   41   33   38   49   5   2.88   0   0   0 OAK                                  
 Nelson Briles      1968-04-11  1968-06-08    12    7   4  12   5   1   0   0   97.2   99   27   25   19   61   6   2.30   1   1   0 STL                                  
 Bill Singer        1968-04-11  1968-06-05    12    5   5  12   5   2   0   0   97.1   68   24   19   24   94   2   1.76   2   4   1 LAD                                  
 Bob Shaw           1962-04-16  1962-06-18    12    9   2  12   8   1   0   0  105.2   96   29   23   14   59   8   1.96   2   1   0 MLN                                  
 Ned Garver         1954-04-17  1954-06-16    12    4   3  12   6   1   0   0  101     78   25   17   25   27   6   1.51   2   0   0 DET                                  

 Roy Halladay       2009-04-06  2009-05-27    11    8   1  11   1   0   0   0   82     76   26   24   11   68   6   2.63   2   1   0 TOR                                  
 Pedro Martinez     2000-04-04  2000-06-08    11    9   2  11   3   2   0   0   85.1   45   10    9   16  114   3   0.95   7   1   0 BOS                                  
 Curt Schilling     1998-03-31  1998-05-23    11    5   5  11   4   1   0   0   85.2   57   22   19   20  117   6   2.00   0   3   0 PHI                                  
 Kevin Brown        1993-04-11  1993-06-04    11    5   3  11   6   1   0   0   89.2   73   28   19   19   52   5   1.91   4   1   0 TEX                                  
 Bill Wegman        1992-04-06  1992-05-29    11    5   4  11   2   0   0   0   90.1   80   27   26   18   39  10   2.59   5   0   1 MIL                                  
 Chris Bosio        1988-04-06  1988-05-26    11    6   5  11   8   1   0   0   90     83   27   22   15   35   5   2.20   2   1   2 MIL                                  
 Dave Stieb         1984-04-07  1984-05-30    11    7   1  11   2   1   0   0   86     58   21   20   28   63   5   2.09   3   0   0 TOR                                  
 Kip Young          1978-07-24  1978-09-17    11    6   5  11   6   0   0   0   89.1   80   26   25   21   40   8   2.52   2   0   0 DET                                  
 Jerry Augustine    1977-04-09  1977-05-28    11    6   5  11   7   0   0   0   91.2   77   36   33   31   27   9   3.24   2   1   0 MIL                                  
 Steve Busby        1975-04-07  1975-05-25    11    7   3  11   7   2   0   0   92.1   70   26   25   29   61   3   2.44   2   3   0 KCR                                  
 Ken Holtzman       1973-04-08  1973-05-22    11    9   2  11   9   1   0   0   96.2   63   20   14   19   55   6   1.30   1   5   0 OAK                                  
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
                   StreakStart  Streak End Games   W   L   GS  CG SHO  GF  SV   IP     H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR   ERA  HBP  WP  BK Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Don Sutton         1972-04-15  1972-06-09    11    8   1  11   5   3   0   0   93.2   53   18   13   18   66   4   1.25   1   1   0 LAD                                  
 Dave Giusti        1968-04-13  1968-06-02    11    4   5  11   6   1   0   0   90     61   20   18   25   60   6   1.80   1   3   1 HOU                                  
 Bob Friend         1960-04-12  1960-06-01    11    6   2  11   5   3   0   0   90     68   22   21   12   66   5   2.10   0   1   0 PIT                                  
 Warren Spahn       1958-04-15  1958-05-31    11    8   1  11   9   1   0   0   98.2   83   28   26   27   45   7   2.37   0   1   0 MLN                                  
 Bob Keegan         1954-04-17  1954-06-09    11    9   1  11   9   2   0   0   96.1   86   27   23   33   26   5   2.15   0   0   1 CHW                                  

A note on Bob Gibson's incredible 1968 season. Those 34 starts to start the season with 7 IP? Those were all of his starts that year. Yeah, that's right...the guy threw at least 7 innings in every start. In fact, he completed 28 of those 34 games (and also won the Cy Young, MVP, ERA and strikeout titles, and threw 13 shutouts.)

So Halladay has a long, long way to go to approach that post-1954 record (don't hold your breath.) But the only guys ahead of him from the last 20 seasons are Roger Clemens, 14 in 1992, and Curt Schilling, 13 in 2001.

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11 Responses to “Most conseuctive starts 7+ IP to start a season”

  1. Wow thats quite the achievement by Gibson.

    I took a quick look at at his game logs for 1967 and 1969. He pitched complete games in the last 3 games of 67 and the first 3 games of 69, bringing his total to 40! consecutive games of 7+ IP. Theres a modern record not likely to be broken. coincidentally, the team that broke the chain on both ends was the Phillies, and in that game in 1967, he was pulled after 6.1 shutout innings, must have gotten injured.

  2. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    Gibson broke his leg in '67 (I think by a batted ball) and came back about 7 weeks later. That 6.1 IP game vs Philly was only his 2nd start back, so he may have been getting eased back into action (the previous start was only 5 IP). Pretty incredible that his best run of pitching came right after an injury like that. Don't forget he threw also 6 CG in the '67 and '68 Series.

  3. damthesehigheels Says:

    I'd never looked into Gibson's '68 year before, and I just had my mind blown. The June/July splits are straight out of a video game. 12 starts, 12-0 record, 12 CG, 8 SHO, 0.50 ERA! That's insane.

  4. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    Part of his relatively disappointing W-L record that season is because the Cards gave him their best offensive support during that incredible run when he needed it least. They average 4.3 RPG in those 12 starts, and only 2.3 RPG during the other 22 starts when he was only superhuman instead of godly.

  5. I am in no way trying to take away from Gibsons achievements.

    However, this all came during the second "reign of the pitcher" with his peak being in68 when they raised the mound height. Also, he came from a time when a pitcher was still expected to pitch a complete game, or atleast 8 innings.

    That being said, these are still overwhelming numbers.

  6. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    There's no question certain circumstances were in Gibson's favor, but you overstate it. Even in 1968 the average start was only 6.6 IP and only 28% of starts were completed.

  7. That ERA (1.12) has always been mind-boggling to me. I just found a couple more nuggets from that season. Even if all of his unearned runs allowed had been scored as earned, he would have had a 1.45 for the season...still unmatched in recent decades. Also, four of his complete games were extra-inning affairs, including a 12-inning win over Houston and an 11-inning gem over Tom Seaver and the Mets in back-to-back starts. Finally, to emphasize what 'Damnthesehighheels' said, he took the mound on June 2 with a 3-5 record through his first ten starts. It obviously got better from there.

  8. damthesehigheels Says:

    there's actually a fifth extra inning complete game. 2 games after the back-to-back he pitched 9.2 and lost in the 10th.

    Another thing that got me was that going into his start on September 6th, his ERA was under 1. OR this one... from June-September he didn't give up an earned run in consecutive starts. What!!

  9. Gibson's 258 ERA+ is also eye-popping. Yet it is "only" 6th all-time (since the mound was moved back from 45 feet to 60-6).

    Pedro Martinez's 1999 season -- 291 ERA+ -- is the best all-time. Greg Maddux's consecutive seasons of 1994 and 1995 -- 271 and 262 -- are also both better than Gibson's 1968 mark.

    In 1994, Maddux pitched at least 7 innings in 23 of his 25 starts. His other year and Pedro in 1999 are worse. Gibson's endurance was amazing.

  10. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    CG, career high 14 K for Doc tonight. Longest streak to open a season since '92.

    The longest streak of 7+ IP at any time is Catfish Hunter in '75-'76 with 42, narrowly edging Gibson. Since '93 (the "Sillyball Era," as Chris Jaffe would call it) the longest streak is 20, by both Clemens and Hentgen '96-'97.

    Mark Buehrle had 49 consecutive starts with at least 6 IP in '04-'05. I remember that; can't believe that's already 4 years ago. Gibson has the Retrosheet era record of 78, adding on to the end of his 7-inning streak. Halladay is the longest currently, now at 31.

  11. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    Just to clarify, of course the Hunter streak I mentioned is only the longest since '54; there were of course longer ones before that.