Comments on: Most conseuctive starts 7+ IP to start a season http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1677 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: JohnnyTwisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1677/comment-page-1#comment-6864 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 03:55:08 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1677#comment-6864 Just to clarify, of course the Hunter streak I mentioned is only the longest since '54; there were of course longer ones before that.

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By: JohnnyTwisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1677/comment-page-1#comment-6863 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 03:53:56 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1677#comment-6863 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.

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By: redsock http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1677/comment-page-1#comment-6851 Sun, 31 May 2009 14:21:43 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1677#comment-6851 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.

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By: damthesehigheels http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1677/comment-page-1#comment-6846 Fri, 29 May 2009 19:22:14 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1677#comment-6846 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!!

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By: JDV http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1677/comment-page-1#comment-6845 Fri, 29 May 2009 18:40:49 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1677#comment-6845 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.

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By: JohnnyTwisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1677/comment-page-1#comment-6843 Fri, 29 May 2009 14:15:57 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1677#comment-6843 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.

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By: ZimJim http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1677/comment-page-1#comment-6842 Fri, 29 May 2009 04:25:54 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1677#comment-6842 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.

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By: JohnnyTwisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1677/comment-page-1#comment-6840 Thu, 28 May 2009 21:55:16 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1677#comment-6840 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.

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By: damthesehigheels http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1677/comment-page-1#comment-6837 Thu, 28 May 2009 19:18:08 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1677#comment-6837 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.

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By: JohnnyTwisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1677/comment-page-1#comment-6836 Thu, 28 May 2009 16:33:24 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1677#comment-6836 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.

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