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2009 scoring streaks

Posted by Andy on January 27, 2010

Here are some streaks for the 2009 season using the team streak finders on the Play Index.

Longest consecutive game streaks without being shut out by the opposition:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L OPS Opp
1 MIN 2009-05-06 2009-08-28 101 51 50 .781 BAL,SEA,DET,NYY,CHW,MIL,BOS,TBR,CLE,OAK,CHC,PIT,HOU,STL,KCR,TEX,LAA
2 DET 2009-05-08 2009-08-07 81 44 37 .747 CLE,MIN,OAK,TEX,COL,KCR,BAL,BOS,LAA,CHW,PIT,STL,MIL,CHC,HOU,NYY,SEA
3 PHI 2009-05-07 2009-07-28 73 44 29 .791 NYM,ATL,LAD,WSN,CIN,NYY,FLA,SDP,BOS,TOR,BAL,TBR,PIT,CHC,STL,ARI
4 LAA 2009-05-21 2009-08-08 69 45 24 .831 SEA,LAD,CHW,TOR,DET,TBR,SDP,SFG,COL,ARI,TEX,BAL,NYY,OAK,KCR,MIN,CLE
5 TBR 2009-04-24 2009-06-30 63 38 25 .836 OAK,MIN,BOS,BAL,NYY,CLE,FLA,KCR,LAA,WSN,COL,NYM,PHI,TOR
6 MIL 2009-04-19 2009-06-27 63 37 26 .765 NYM,PHI,HOU,PIT,ARI,CIN,CHC,FLA,STL,MIN,ATL,COL,CHW,CLE,DET,SFG
7 FLA 2009-07-20 2009-09-26 62 37 25 .813 SDP,LAD,ATL,CHC,WSN,PHI,HOU,COL,NYM,STL,CIN
8 CHW 2009-06-06 2009-08-11 60 33 27 .797 CLE,DET,MIL,CHC,CIN,LAD,KCR,MIN,BAL,TBR,NYY,LAA,SEA
9 ATL 2009-08-01 2009-10-04 59 34 25 .742 LAD,SDP,WSN,PHI,ARI,NYM,FLA,CIN,HOU,STL
10 BOS 2009-05-01 2009-07-05 59 35 24 .788 TBR,NYY,CLE,LAA,SEA,TOR,NYM,MIN,DET,TEX,PHI,FLA,ATL,WSN,BAL
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/26/2010.

Minnesota's 101 game streak sounds pretty impressive until you see that they went just 51-50 over that span. Obviously, getting shut out means necessarily a loss (or I guess a tie is possible, eh Commissioner Selig?) so I would have thought that such a long streak with no shutouts would put a decent team at at least a few games above .500. The Phillies and Angels streaks really jump out as those teams went .603 and .652 respectively.

Now here are the most times in a row in 2009 that a team got shut out:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L Opp
1 CLE 2009-09-30 2009-10-01 2 0 2 CHW,BOS
2 FLA 2009-09-27 2009-09-28 2 0 2 NYM,ATL
3 TEX 2009-09-16 2009-09-18 2 0 2 OAK,LAA
4 NYM 2009-09-13 2009-09-15 2 0 2 PHI,ATL
5 TEX 2009-09-13 2009-09-14 2 0 2 SEA,OAK
6 SEA 2009-08-30 2009-08-31 2 0 2 KCR,LAA
7 BOS 2009-08-07 2009-08-08 2 0 2 NYY
8 COL 2009-07-28 2009-07-30 2 0 2 NYM
9 PIT 2009-07-25 2009-07-26 2 0 2 ARI
10 NYM 2009-07-05 2009-07-07 2 0 2 PHI,LAD
11 HOU 2009-07-03 2009-07-04 2 0 2 SFG
12 SDP 2009-06-14 2009-06-16 2 0 2 LAA,SEA
13 ATL 2009-06-05 2009-06-06 2 0 2 MIL
14 CHW 2009-06-04 2009-06-05 2 0 2 OAK,CLE
15 KCR 2009-05-22 2009-05-23 2 0 2 STL
16 PIT 2009-05-22 2009-05-23 2 0 2 CHW
17 CLE 2009-05-08 2009-05-09 2 0 2 DET
18 PIT 2009-04-29 2009-05-01 2 0 2 MIL,CIN
19 ATL 2009-04-17 2009-04-18 2 0 2 PIT
20 HOU 2009-04-12 2009-04-13 2 0 2 STL,PIT
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/26/2010.

So on twenty occasions a team suffered consecutive shutouts. Cleveland appears twice on the list, as do the New York Mets, the Astros, and the Braves. The Pirates pulled off the hat trick. Seriously, can you imagine your team getting shutout twice in a row three different times in the same season? I guess Pirates fans don't have to imagine it. Entry #7 on the list is memorable for both Red Sox and Yankees fans as the back-t0-back shutouts of Boston were a big help for the Yankees winning the division. As you can see from coolstandings.com, the Yankees odds of winning the division went from 60.3% before those two games to 72.2% in the immediate aftermath. Those are pretty meaningful games for early August.

In 2009, it happened only 18 times that a given team pitched a shutout in two consecutive games. Some of those occurrences are shown on the table above but here is the full list:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L Opp
1 CHW 2009-09-30 2009-10-02 2 2 0 CLE,DET
2 PHI 2009-09-13 2009-09-15 2 2 0 NYM,WSN
3 SDP 2009-09-02 2009-09-04 2 2 0 WSN,LAD
4 DET 2009-08-13 2009-08-14 2 2 0 BOS,KCR
5 NYY 2009-08-07 2009-08-08 2 2 0 BOS
6 NYM 2009-07-28 2009-07-30 2 2 0 COL
7 ARI 2009-07-25 2009-07-26 2 2 0 PIT
8 HOU 2009-07-12 2009-07-16 2 2 0 WSN,LAD
9 SFG 2009-07-03 2009-07-04 2 2 0 HOU
10 SFG 2009-06-28 2009-06-29 2 2 0 MIL,STL
11 ATL 2009-06-22 2009-06-23 2 2 0 CHC,NYY
12 TEX 2009-06-11 2009-06-12 2 2 0 TOR,LAD
13 MIL 2009-06-05 2009-06-06 2 2 0 ATL
14 CHW 2009-05-22 2009-05-23 2 2 0 PIT
15 STL 2009-05-22 2009-05-23 2 2 0 KCR
16 DET 2009-05-08 2009-05-09 2 2 0 CLE
17 CIN 2009-04-29 2009-05-01 2 2 0 HOU,PIT
18 PIT 2009-04-17 2009-04-18 2 2 0 ATL
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/26/2010.

The White Sox did it twice, as did the Tigers. The Giants also managed the trick, pitching back-to-back shutouts twice in a week. Very impressive.

Finally, here are the longest streaks in 2009 where a team failed to pitch a shutout:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L Opp
1 BAL 2009-06-02 2009-09-05 84 31 53 SEA,OAK,ATL,NYM,PHI,FLA,WSN,BOS,LAA,TOR,CHW,NYY,KCR,DET,TBR,MIN,CLE,TEX
2 PIT 2009-07-19 2009-09-29 66 19 47 SFG,MIL,ARI,WSN,STL,COL,CHC,CIN,PHI,HOU,LAD,SDP
3 KCR 2009-06-17 2009-08-29 66 20 46 ARI,STL,HOU,PIT,MIN,CHW,DET,BOS,TBR,LAA,TEX,BAL,SEA,OAK,CLE
4 DET 2009-06-02 2009-08-12 64 31 33 BOS,LAA,CHW,PIT,STL,MIL,CHC,HOU,OAK,MIN,KCR,CLE,NYY,SEA,TEX,BAL
5 WSN 2009-04-06 2009-06-17 64 18 46 FLA,ATL,PHI,NYM,STL,HOU,LAD,ARI,SFG,PIT,BAL,CIN,TBR,NYY
6 PIT 2009-04-21 2009-06-29 63 28 35 FLA,SDP,MIL,CIN,STL,NYM,COL,WSN,CHW,CHC,HOU,ATL,DET,MIN,CLE,KCR
7 TBR 2009-07-11 2009-09-16 59 25 34 OAK,KCR,CHW,TOR,NYY,BOS,SEA,LAA,BAL,TEX,DET
8 FLA 2009-04-06 2009-06-07 58 27 31 WSN,NYM,ATL,PIT,PHI,CHC,CIN,COL,MIL,LAD,ARI,TBR,SFG
9 BOS 2009-04-07 2009-06-07 57 33 24 TBR,LAA,OAK,BAL,MIN,NYY,CLE,SEA,TOR,NYM,DET,TEX
10 FLA 2009-07-24 2009-09-22 55 31 24 LAD,ATL,CHC,WSN,PHI,HOU,COL,NYM,SDP,STL,CIN
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/26/2010.

This list is kind of interesting. At first it's not surprising to see teams like Baltimore, KC, and Pittsburgh on there. They weren't very good teams and they had bad records over the length of these games (although keep in mind they must have won the games right before and right after the streak, so you can add two more wins.) But then we see a good team like Boston here as well, going a good 33-24 over their own 57-game streak. Add in their two more bookend wins and that's +11 record-wise over a little more than a third of the season, good for a record of about 96-66 if over en entire year.

I guess this goes to show that shutouts aren't all that important. Certainly they are an indicator of the strength of a team's offense or pitching but not a particularly good indicator.

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4 Responses to “2009 scoring streaks”

  1. The Nationals were the only team in 2009 to have a streak of at least 9 games where they scored at least 5 runs in each game, and they did it twice. In one streak they went 8-1. In the other streak they went 1-9.

  2. "Seriously, can you imagine your team getting shutout twice in a row three different times in the same season?" For what it's worth, the Cardinals got shutout twice in a row *seven* different times in the 1908 season. I don't know if that's the record (though I wouldn't be surprised if it were).

  3. DoubleDiamond Says:

    The parenthetical portion, "although keep in mind they must have won the games right before and right after the streak, so you can add two more wins," would not have been true in every case if any of these streaks had been at the beginning or end of the season. However, it looks like none of them were.

    In 1993, the Phillies set a National League record of most consecutive games not shut out, a streak that actually began in the 1992 season. (They didn't come anywhere near the major league record, yet one more great Yankee accomplishment.) They were finally shut out two games after clinching the NL East, and they were even shut out one more time before the season ended. With those two late season whitewashings, they actually ended up being shut out more times in the regular season that year than their World Series opponents, the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays were only shut out once that season, but it came in mid-season and thus they didn't experience as long a period of not being shut out as the Phillies did.

  4. [...] commenter on yesterday's post pointed out that the Nats had two long streaks of scoring at least 5 runs per game. That's correct [...]