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10+ strikeouts in first career game

Posted by Andy on April 7, 2010

With a lot of pitchers slated to make major-league debuts in the next few days, I thought I'd look up all the guys to post at least 10 strikeouts in their first game. (As always this covers 1920-1939 and 1952-present.)

Rk Gcar Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP ERA WPA RE24 aLI
1 1 Johnny Cueto 2008-04-03 CIN ARI W 3-2 GS-7 ,W 7.0 1 1 1 0 10 1 92 68 81 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.29 0.295 2.641 .715
2 1 Daisuke Matsuzaka 2007-04-05 BOS KCR W 4-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 6 1 1 1 10 1 108 74 70 26 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.29 0.377 2.853 1.300
3 1 Aaron Harang 2002-05-25 OAK TBD W 6-0 GS-7 ,W 7.0 3 0 0 3 10 0 101 61 78 26 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.362 3.727 1.000
4 1 Mark Prior 2002-05-22 CHC PIT W 7-4 GS-6 ,W 6.0 4 2 2 2 10 1 103 65 64 24 20 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3.00 0.165 0.912 .956
5 1 Kazuhisa Ishii 2002-04-06 LAD COL W 9-2 GS-6 ,W 5.2 2 0 0 3 10 0 95 57 72 22 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.259 2.161 1.129
6 1 Tim Hudson 1999-06-08 OAK SDP L 3-5 GS-5 5.0 7 3 3 4 11 1 98 56 48 25 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 5.40 -0.106 -0.450 1.072
7 1 Steve Woodard 1997-07-28 (1) MIL TOR W 1-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 1 0 0 1 12 0 119 76 91 26 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.607 4.483 1.061
8 1 Tim Wakefield 1992-07-31 PIT STL W 3-2 CG 9 ,W 9.0 6 2 0 5 10 0 146 80 76 38 32 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0.00 0.460 1.838 1.621
9 1 Pedro Astacio 1992-07-03 (2) LAD PHI W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 4 10 0 144 89 87 33 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.496 3.838 1.345
10 1 Don Aase 1977-07-26 BOS MIL W 4-3 CG 9 ,W 9.0 9 3 2 2 11 0 68 38 35 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2.00 0.441 2.153 1.529
11 1 Bob Shirley 1977-04-10 SDP CIN W 12-4 GS-9 ,W 8.2 4 4 0 4 11 0 75 36 31 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.189 2.720 .487
12 1 J.R. Richard 1971-09-05 (2) HOU SFG W 5-3 CG 9 ,W 9.0 7 3 2 3 15 0 75 38 35 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.00 0.189 0.867 1.126
13 1 Rudy May 1965-04-18 CAL DET L 1-4 GS-9 9.0 1 1 0 5 10 0 88 32 27 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.376 2.828 1.212
14 1 Luis Tiant 1964-07-19 (2) CLE NYY W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 4 0 0 4 11 0 86 34 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.445 4.107 .987
15 1 Dave Morehead 1963-04-13 BOS WSA W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 4 10 0 83 37 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.408 4.077 1.093
16 1 Juan Marichal 1960-07-19 SFG PHI W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 1 12 0 96 30 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.535 4.036 .942
17 1 Danny McDevitt 1957-06-17 BRO CIN W 7-2 CG 9 ,W 9.0 7 2 2 5 11 0 148 86 71 38 32 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.00 0.335 2.611 1.159
18 1 Dick Hall 1955-07-24 (1) PIT CHC W 12-5 9.0 9 5 5 1 11 1 59 37 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.00
19 1 Karl Spooner 1954-09-22 BRO NYG W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 3 15 0 143 89 93 34 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.438 4.772 .891
20 1 Cliff Melton 1937-04-25 NYG BSN L 1-3 9.0 6 3 2 2 13 0 76 35 32 1 0 0 1 0 0 2.00
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Generated 4/7/2010.

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3 Responses to “10+ strikeouts in first career game”

  1. That was a great game by Matsuzaka ... alas, that was probably the last time he walked fewer than 6 guys.

    Some very good pitchers on this list, all things told.

  2. I wrote a post recently but never published it about how Matsuzaka is the worst free-agent signing of all time. He cost the Red Sox $100 million in cash (posting fee + salary) plus a bunch of other millions in contract perks. His inability to go deep into games really hurts the team by having to pull a lot more innings out of the bullpen, who are lesser pitchers to start with and also have to be used too much.

  3. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Worst of all time? I can't see that at all. He certainly hasn't performed up to expectations, but he's been alright and still has time to add value. There are probably also benefits to his signing which are not directly related to his performance (marketing in Japan, signing Okajima).