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I guess it’s not so rare

Posted by Andy on June 28, 2007

Now that I am paying attention to zero-strikeout starts by pitchers, I have learned that it's not as rare as I thought.

Roger Clemens pulled it off last night, and Peter Abraham writes in the LoHud Yankees blog with some interesting notes about Clemens' history of no-K starts. (Incidentally, if you are interested in Yankees news, whether an actual Yankees fan or not, Abraham's blog is simply the best there is. He's got great information but is an unbiased a beat reported as I have ever seen.)

This is a bit off-topic, but I wanted to point out some of the hard-luck pitchers so far this year. These are using B-R.com's PI Pitching Game Finder.

First, most times so far in 2007 that a starter has gotten the loss in a game where he pitched at least 7 innings and allowed 2 or fewer earned runs:

                 Year Games Link to Individual Games

+-----------------+----+-----+-------------------------+

 Noah Lowry        2007     3 Ind. Games
 Matt Cain         2007     3 Ind. Games
 Carlos Silva      2007     2 Ind. Games
 Johan Santana     2007     2 Ind. Games
 Andy Pettitte     2007     2 Ind. Games
 Matt Morris       2007     2 Ind. Games
 Derek Lowe        2007     2 Ind. Games
 Doug Davis        2007     2 Ind. Games
 Mark Buehrle      2007     2 Ind. Games
 Joe Blanton       2007     2 Ind. Games

Jayson Stark wrote recently about just how good Matt Cain has been this year. He probably deserves at least 3 more wins.

And now, the same criteria, but where the starter got a no-decision:

 Jeremy Guthrie    2007     5 Ind. Games
 Ian Snell         2007     3 Ind. Games
 James Shields     2007     3 Ind. Games
 Jake Peavy        2007     3 Ind. Games
 Roy Oswalt        2007     3 Ind. Games
 Joe Kennedy       2007     3 Ind. Games
 Tim Hudson        2007     3 Ind. Games
 Danny Haren       2007     3 Ind. Games
 Aaron Harang      2007     3 Ind. Games
 Jon Garland       2007     3 Ind. Games
 Zach Duke         2007     3 Ind. Games
 Erik Bedard       2007     3 Ind. Games
 Bronson Arroyo    2007     3 Ind. Games

How about Jeremy Guthrie? He's flown under the radar because he has only 4 wins, but he deserves at least 3-4 more. He's got a WHIP of 0.92 so far this year, and he's making "only" $380,000. As Abraham pointed out in the link above, Clemens makes more than twice that per start.

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6 Responses to “I guess it’s not so rare”

  1. What details can you give about the 12 starting pitchers that have pitched into extra innings and had no strikeouts...

  2. Interesting. I've got 14 who did it. Sometimes these comments get blocked as spam, so I'll try post the full list in another post.

  3. Player Date Tm Opp GmReslt IP H R ER BB K
    +----+-----------------+-------------+---+----+-------+---------+----
    Bill Wegman 1992-04-28 MIL KCR L 2-3 GS-10 10 5 2 2 2 0
    Oil Can Boyd 1983-09-13 BOS BAL L 4-7 GS-11 11 10 4 3 3 0
    Jim Kaat 1980-07-01 STL PIT L 2-3 CG 10,L 9.2 9 3 3 0 0
    Tommy John 1980-06-25 NYY BOS L 3-4 CG 10,L 10 9 4 3 2 0
    Jer Augustine 1976-08-24 MIL TEX W 1-0 SHO10,W 10 5 0 0 1 0
    Randy Jones 1976-05-30 SDP SFG W 4-3 CG 10,W 10 7 3 1 0 0
    Jim Perry 1974-05-22 CLE BAL L 0-1 GS-10 10 7 0 0 1 0
    Jim Slaton 1973-04-15 MIL BAL W 3-2 GS-10 10 11 2 2 3 0
    Robin Roberts 1963-08-14 BAL MIN L 1-2 GS-10 10 5 1 1 4 0
    Jerry Walker 1962-05-01 KCA DET L 2-3 CG 10,L 10 10 3 3 5 0
    Bob Purkey 1961-05-22 CIN LAD L 1-2 GS-10,L 9.2 10 2 2 3 0
    Don Newcombe 1959-09-19 CIN PIT L 3-4 GS-12 11.1 7 3 2 0 0
    B Trowbridge 1957-06-09 MLN PIT W 2-1 GS-10,W 10 6 1 1 4 0
    Curt Simmons 1957-05-30 PHI NYG W 2-1 CG 10,W 10 6 1 1 0 0

  4. and that's just since 1957...

  5. The two extra games you listed were the 1980 Katt game and the 1961 Purkey game.
    My list was made of just 10+ innings and not “9.2”

  6. bengtsson Says:

    Bug report. Matt Cain has 3 ind. games. But if you click on the link you actually get four games showing in the report.