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Most IP Without Allowing an SB

Posted by Raphy on August 28, 2009

Since 1954 there have been only 7 seasons in which a pitcher has pitched 200 or more innings and not been victimized by  a SB. Four of those seasons were turned in by Whitey Ford. This season,  Joel Pineiro has a chance to complete the eighth such season and become only the fifth different pitcher  (since 1954) accomplish this feat. Thus far,  Piniero has pitched  170 2/3 innings without allowing a SB.  The last player to steal when Piniero was on the mound was Hanley Ramirez last August 11. Here are the leader since 1954 in IP without allowing a SB:

  Cnt Player              **IP**   SB Year Age Tm  Lg  G   GS CG SHO GF  W  L  W-L% SV  H   R   ER  BB  SO   ERA  ERA+ HR  BF   AB  2B 3B IBB HBP  SH  SF GDP CS Pk BK WP   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  OPS+  Pit  Str
+----+-----------------+---------+---+----+---+---+--+---+---+--+---+--+--+--+-----+--+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+--+----+----+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+----+----+
    1 Whitey Ford         283       0 1961  32 NYY AL  39  39 11   3  0 25  4  .862  0 242 108 101  92 209   3.21  117 23 1159 1056 39  8   3   1   7   3  28  3  4  0  8  .229  .291  .347  .638   80
    2 Luis Tiant          258.1     0 1968  27 CLE AL  34  32 19   9  0 21  9  .700  0 152  53  46  73 264   1.60  186 16  987  905 27  5   4   4   5   0  10  9  0  0  3  .168  .233  .262  .495   56
    3 Whitey Ford         244.2     0 1964  35 NYY AL  39  36 12   8  2 17  6  .739  1 212  67  58  57 172   2.13  170 10  996  922 29  4   3   2  13   2  17  1  4  0  6  .230  .276  .303  .579   65
    4 Bob Porterfield     244       0 1954  30 WSH AL  32  31 21   2  1 13 15  .464  0 249 104  90  77  82   3.32  108 14 1034  935 38  5       3  13   6  26  6  0  0  1  .266  .322  .363  .685   97
    5 Whitey Ford         219.1     0 1958  29 NYY AL  30  29 15   7  1 14  7  .667  1 174  62  49  62 145   2.01  176 14  872  801 25  3   3   3   5   1  26  7  6  1  5  .217  .276  .308  .584   69
    6 Kenny Rogers        210.2     0 2002  37 TEX AL  33  33  2   1  0 13  8  .619  0 212 101  90  70 107   3.84  124 21  892  812 46  5   1   6   3   1  27  1  1  1  5  .261  .324  .408  .732   89 3334 1987
    7 Whitey Ford         204       0 1959  30 NYY AL  35  29  9   2  4 16 10  .615  1 194  82  69  89 114   3.04  119 13  877  776 19  5   5   1   9   3  27  3  3  1  5  .250  .327  .338  .665   91
    8 Geoff Zahn          199.1     0 1984  38 CAL AL  28  27  9   5  1 13 10  .565  0 200  78  69  48  61   3.12  128 11  821  760 28  4   4   1   6   6  27  7  3  0  3  .263  .306  .354  .660   82
    9 Billy Pierce        196.1     0 1960  33 CHW AL  32  30  8   1  1 14  7  .667  0 201  81  79  46 108   3.62  105 24  813  758 26  2   1   0   8   2  22  3  1  0  2  .265  .306  .400  .706   96
   10 Carl Erskine        186.1     0 1956  29 BRO NL  31  28  8   1  2 13 11  .542  0 189  92  88  57  95   4.25   95 25  790  715 31  8   5   1  10   7  11  5  2  0  6  .264  .317  .435  .752   98
   11 Chris Carpenter     182       0 2004  29 STL NL  28  28  1   0  0 15  5  .750  0 169  75  70  38 152   3.46  123 24  746  691 28  1   2   8   6   3  16  3  0  0  4  .245  .291  .392  .683   79 2694 1722
   12 Jarrod Washburn     177.1     0 2005  30 LAA AL  29  29  1   1  0  8  8  .500  0 184  66  63  51  94   3.20  132 19  740  671 31  5   0   8   4   6  24  6  2  0  2  .274  .330  .420  .750  100 2713 1740
   13 Don Rudolph         176.2     0 1962  30 TOT AL  38  23  6   2  9  8 10  .444  0 188  84  71  42  68   3.62  112 13  745  684 28 10   2   3  10   7  21  2  1  1  1  .275  .317  .402  .719   98
   14 Joel Pineiro        170.2     0 2009  30 STL NL  25  25  3   2  0 13  9  .591  0 169  69  59  18  84   3.11  135  6  679  642 42  2   0   6   9   4  23  4  0  0  3  .263  .288  .363  .651    0 2334 1558

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3 Responses to “Most IP Without Allowing an SB”

  1. My first thought was Holy Cow. But then I remembered that stolen bases were out of fashion in Ford's day. The AL average in 1961 was .35 SB/G compared to .69 SB/G this year. That makes Rogers' performance in 2002 really stand out. It would be interesting to see this stat normalized for league and catcher factors.

  2. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    By '68 there was a decent amount of running. That combined with his being righty plus all the IP makes Tiant really stand out. Of course, Tiant was amazing in '68 and hardly let anyone on base in the first place. So ideally you'd also want to normalize it for stolen base opportunities. Pineiro already has about as many SB opps as Tiant.

  3. Pineiro really is having a special season, also allowing so few walks and home runs. He's also remade himself as a great ground ball pitcher this year after being more of a fly ball pitcher in the past.