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Most game scores over 80 in 2009

Posted by Andy on October 30, 2009

Check out this list of most game scores (regular season) of at least 80 during the 2009 season:

This is my second recent post involving the Game Score stat, so in case you're not familiar with it, you can read about how it's calculated right here.

                   Year Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+----+-----+-------------------------+
 C.C. Sabathia     2009     4 Ind. Games
 Tim Lincecum      2009     4 Ind. Games
 Roy Halladay      2009     4 Ind. Games
 Zack Greinke      2009     4 Ind. Games
 Joel Pineiro      2009     3 Ind. Games
 Jake Peavy        2009     3 Ind. Games
 Ricky Nolasco     2009     3 Ind. Games
 Jon Lester        2009     3 Ind. Games
 Cliff Lee         2009     3 Ind. Games
 Felix Hernandez   2009     3 Ind. Games
 Danny Haren       2009     3 Ind. Games
 Yovani Gallardo   2009     3 Ind. Games
 Chris Carpenter   2009     3 Ind. Games
 Matt Cain         2009     3 Ind. Games

Lots of expected names on that list although a few stick out. Ricky Nolasco finished the season with a 5.06 ERA but still managed 3 games with game scores of at least 80. Here are those 3 games:

  Cnt Date          Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-------------+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 2009-07-05    FLA  PIT W  5-0  GS-8  ,W   8    3  0  0  2 12  0 112  75   86       28 26  0  0   0   0  0  0   1  1  0  0  0  0   0.00
    2 2009-08-18    FLA @HOU W  6-2  CG 9  ,W   9    3  2  2  0 10  1 115  80   83       30 30  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   2.00
    3 2009-09-30    FLA @ATL W  5-4  GS-8  ,W   7.2  4  2  0  2 16  0 123  83   81       29 27  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  1  0  0  0   0.00

Indeed--all great games. The thing that must be remembered about the Game Score stat is that it favors high strikeout games as well as low-hit games.

Jake Peavy makes the list too, despite starting only 16 games this past season.

Joel Piniero's name isn't much of a surprise given the great season he had. Looking at his stats, the thing that sticks out from 2009 was his incredibly low walk rate. Among the 102 active pitchers with at least 1000 career IP, Piniero has the 21st best walk-rate. (Keep in mind that getting to 1000 IP means the pitcher must have at least a someone decent walk rate to start off with.)

But check this out...how many active pitchers have thrown at least 200 innings in a season while walking fewer than 1.2 batters per 9 innings? Would you believe just two?

  Cnt Player            Year   IP   BB/9 Age Tm  Lg  G   GS CG SHO GF  W  L  W-L% SV  H   R   ER  BB  SO   ERA  ERA+ HR  BF  HBP
+----+-----------------+----+-----+-----+---+---+--+---+---+--+---+--+--+--+-----+--+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+--+----+---+
    1 Joel Pineiro      2009 214    1.14  30 STL NL  32  32  3   2  0 15 12  .556  0 218  94  83  27 105   3.49  119 11  865   8
    2 Roy Halladay      2003 266    1.08  26 TOR AL  36  36  9   2  0 22  7  .759  0 253 111  96  32 204   3.25  145 26 1071   9 

Pretty amazing, huh?

Here are the last 20 such seasons:

  Cnt Player            Year  BB/9   IP  Age Tm  Lg  G   GS CG SHO GF  W  L  W-L% SV  H   R   ER  BB  SO   ERA  ERA+ HR  BF  HBP
+----+-----------------+----+-----+-----+---+---+--+---+---+--+---+--+--+--+-----+--+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+--+----+---+
    1 Joel Pineiro      2009  1.14 214    30 STL NL  32  32  3   2  0 15 12  .556  0 218  94  83  27 105   3.49  119 11  865   8 
    2 Brad Radke        2005  1.03 200.2  32 MIN AL  31  31  3   1  0  9 12  .429  0 214  98  90  23 117   4.04  110 33  831   7 
    3 Brad Radke        2004  1.07 219.2  31 MIN AL  34  34  1   1  0 11  8  .579  0 229  92  85  26 143   3.48  136 23  901   6 
    4 Roy Halladay      2003  1.08 266    26 TOR AL  36  36  9   2  0 22  7  .759  0 253 111  96  32 204   3.25  145 26 1071   9 
    5 David Wells       2003  0.85 213    40 NYY AL  31  30  4   1  0 15  7  .682  0 242 101  98  20 101   4.14  106 24  887   8 
    6 Brad Radke        2003  1.19 212.1  30 MIN AL  33  33  3   1  0 14 10  .583  0 242 111 106  28 120   4.49  101 32  888   5 
    7 Curt Schilling    2002  1.15 259.1  35 ARI NL  36  35  5   1  0 23  7  .767  0 218  95  93  33 316   3.23  142 29 1017   3 
    8 Brad Radke        2001  1.04 226    28 MIN AL  33  33  6   2  0 15 11  .577  0 235 105  99  26 137   3.94  116 24  919  10 
    9 Greg Maddux       2001  1.04 233    35 ATL NL  34  34  3   3  0 17 11  .607  0 220  86  79  27 173   3.05  146 20  927   7 
   10 Brian Anderson    1998  1.04 208    26 ARI NL  32  32  2   1  0 12 13  .480  0 221 100 100  24  95   4.33   97 39  845   4 
   11 Greg Maddux       1997  0.77 232.2  31 ATL NL  33  33  5   2  0 19  4  .826  0 200  58  57  20 177   2.20  189  9  893   6 
   12 Greg Maddux       1996  1.03 245    30 ATL NL  35  35  5   1  0 15 11  .577  0 225  85  74  28 172   2.72  162 11  978   3 
   13 Greg Maddux       1995  0.99 209.2  29 ATL NL  28  28 10   3  0 19  2  .905  0 147  39  38  23 181   1.63  262  8  785   4 
   14 Bob Tewksbury     1993  0.84 213.2  32 STL NL  32  32  2   0  0 17 10  .630  0 258  99  91  20  97   3.83  103 15  907   6 
   15 Bob Tewksbury     1992  0.77 233    31 STL NL  33  32  5   0  1 16  5  .762  0 217  63  56  20  91   2.16  157 15  915   3 
   16 Zane Smith        1991  1.14 228    30 PIT NL  35  35  6   3  0 16 10  .615  0 234  95  81  29 120   3.20  113 15  916   2 
   17 Greg Swindell     1991  1.17 238    26 CLE AL  33  33  7   0  0  9 16  .360  0 241 112  92  31 169   3.48  120 21  971   3 
   18 Jimmy Key         1989  1.13 216    28 TOR AL  33  33  5   1  0 13 14  .481  0 226  99  93  27 118   3.88   94 18  886   3 
   19 La Marr Hoyt      1985  0.86 210.1  30 SDP NL  31  31  8   3  0 16  8  .667  0 210  85  81  20  83   3.47  103 20  839   2 
   20 La Marr Hoyt      1983  1.07 260.2  28 CHW AL  36  36 11   1  0 24 10  .706  0 236 115 106  31 148   3.66  115 27 1034   1 

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4 Responses to “Most game scores over 80 in 2009”

  1. RE: Walk rate -- Greg Maddux would beg to differ. He walked fewer than 1.2 per 9 innings with at least 200 IP three straight years from 1995 - 1997 (1.0, 1.0 and 0.8!!!, respectively).

  2. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    Yeah, are you only looking at active pitchers? There are tons of guys who have done that.

  3. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    I see 188 such seasons all time. If you limit it since 1893, it's been done 75 times. Since 1900, 73 times. Since 1920, 38 times. Since integration, 28 times. Since divisional play, 22 times. Since 1993, 14 times. But it does look like Halladay and Pineiro are the only ones active, that must have been the mistake.

  4. Thanks JT, you found my mistake.