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Most consecutive team games, no XBH

Posted by Andy on January 28, 2008

I did a team streak finder for most consecutive games with no Extra Base Hits (XBH.) It runs from 1957 to 2007 and here are the top three:

 Team    StreakStart  Streak End Games   W   L    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Opponents
+-------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 NYY      1967-04-14  1967-04-22     6    3   3   218   16   43   0   0   0   15   34   33    1   0  .197  .307  .197  .504 BOS,CHW                             

 PIT      1985-05-17  1985-05-21     5    2   3   151   10   32   0   0   0   10   32   19    4   4  .212  .298  .212  .510 CIN,HOU
 LAA      1964-06-26  1964-06-30     5    2   3   147    8   29   0   0   0    6   17   15    2   1  .197  .274  .197  .471 KCA,NYY

These are the only teams to muster more than 4 straight games with no XBH. Surprisingly, their records are pretty good, with that 1967 Yankees team going 3 and 3 in their streak of 6 such games.

Here are those 6 games:

 TmG Date       Opp GmReslt  PA  AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RB  BB IW  SO HB  SH  SF RE DP  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   LOB Batrs Th Opp. Starter
+---+---------+----+-------+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+--+---+--+---+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+-----+--+------------+
   3 Apr 14     BOS L  0-3   33  28   0   1  0  0  0  0   5  0   2  0   0   0  1  1   0  0  .223  .298  .359  .657    6    13  L B.Rohr
   4 Apr 15     BOS W  1-0   33  27   1   5  0  0  0  1   4  1   4  1   1   0  0  1   0  0  .215  .301  .323  .624    8     9  L D.Bennett
   5 Apr 16     BOS W  7-6   76  65   7  15  0  0  0  6   9  0  13  1   1   0  1  3   1  0  .221  .312  .292  .604   16    19  R J.Lonborg
   6 Apr 19    @CHW W  3-0   40  31   3   7  0  0  0  3   6  2   2  0   1   2  0  1   0  0  .221  .315  .283  .598   10     9  L T.John
   7 Apr 21    @BOS L  1-6   36  35   1   8  0  0  0  1   1  0   7  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  .222  .307  .276  .583    8    14  L B.Rohr
   8 Apr 22    @BOS L  4-5   43  32   4   7  0  0  0  4   8  0   6  1   1   1  0  0   0  0  .222  .317  .270  .587   12    16  R J.Lonborg

Can you imagine a team scoring 7 runs today with no doubles, triples, or homers? Sheesh.

I would have to think that in the modern era, it is pretty hard to win a game without a single extra-base hit.

Here are the longest streaks from the last 10 seasons (1998-2007):

 Team    StreakStart  Streak End Games   W   L    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Opponents
+-------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 SDP      2005-09-10  2005-09-12     3    0   3    92    7   18   0   0   0    6   18   11    0   1  .196  .286  .196  .482 LAD,SFG
 CHW      2004-09-14  2004-09-16     3    0   3    89    4   15   0   0   0    4   16    6    0   1  .169  .227  .169  .396 MIN
 KCR      2004-08-31  2004-09-03     3    2   1   100   10   25   0   0   0    9   27    6    0   0  .250  .290  .250  .540 DET,MIN
 KCR      2004-07-05  2004-07-07     3    0   3    87    0   13   0   0   0    0   24    2    2   1  .149  .196  .149  .345 MIN
 TBD      2004-04-17  2004-04-20     3    0   3    91    2   12   0   0   0    1   13    7    1   1  .132  .202  .132  .334 CHW,BAL
 MON      2004-04-11  2004-04-14     3    0   3    92    1   18   0   0   0    1   21    8    0   1  .196  .257  .196  .453 NYM,FLA
 BAL      2003-07-11  2003-07-13     3    0   3    92    3   15   0   0   0    1   17    3    1   0  .163  .189  .163  .352 OAK
 MIL      2003-05-24  2003-05-27     3    1   2    86    5   13   0   0   0    5   22    9    0   1  .151  .245  .151  .396 LAD,SDP
 PIT      2003-05-02  2003-05-04     3    1   2    97    8   18   0   0   0    6   23   11    4   0  .186  .269  .186  .455 LAD
 STL      2002-08-04  2002-08-07     3    0   3    93    3   14   0   0   0    1   11    5    0   1  .151  .194  .151  .345 ATL,MON
 SFG      2002-05-30  2002-06-01     3    0   3    92    6   21   0   0   0    5   14    7    2   2  .228  .280  .228  .508 ARI,COL
 SDP      2001-09-03  2001-09-05     3    0   3    89    1   10   0   0   0    1   20    4    2   0  .112  .160  .112  .272 STL
 NYY      2000-05-13  2000-05-16     3    0   3    95    4   16   0   0   0    4   16   10    1   1  .168  .255  .168  .423 DET,CHW

Indeed, check out that record. 4 up and 35 down, a .103 winning percentage.

But if you thought the Yankees scoring 7 runs in 1967 without an XBH was impressive, check out this game, one of the Royals' victories in their 3-game streak above from 2004. Nine runs on 17 singles, 3 walks, and 2 reaches-on-error.

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9 Responses to “Most consecutive team games, no XBH”

  1. Using the Team Game Finder, I get a 2007 won-loss record of 42 wins and 222 losses for teams with 0 XBHs in a game. That's a .159 winning percentage. Looking at the years 2000 through 2007 together I get 333 wins and 1,790 losses, for a .157 winning percentage.

  2. Nice...I bet it's a lot higher in the 1960s (though still not great, probably.)

  3. Andy you are absolutely correct.
    From 1960-1969 teams that had 0 XBH in a game were 789-2862, which is a .276 winning percentage. Over 162 games the difference between .157 and .276 is the difference between 25 wins and 44.

    The record for runs in a game without an XBH is 16 by the '79 Royals.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TOR/TOR197908060.shtml

  4. Speaking of Royals games, check this one out. Sixteen runs on 17 singles, 7 walks, 2 errors and a hit-by-pitch.

    Then there's this. Twenty-two singles!!

  5. Raphy, can you do just 1964?

  6. I made a mistake before. 789-2862 is .216 or 35 per 162.
    In 1964 the record was 95-303 which is .239 which is 39 per 162.

  7. Thanks. What a weird season.

  8. I wonder how much of the difference is pure statistics. In other words, back in the 1960s, extra base hits were rarer, and teams must have won more games while hitting fewer XBHs on average than they do today. Therefore, based purely on natural distributions, we'd expect more wins in the 1960s with 0 XBH than we would today. This question goes way beyond the PI, though, and requires a math whiz like Sean or the THT guys.

  9. It makes perfect sense. My comment about 1964 has more to do with selective memory and coincidence than anything else. Somehow it seems that, using the PI, I've found a lot of anomalies and extremes from that year (mostly stuff related to lack-of-scoring), but I'm sure similar things occurred in other 60's and early 70's seasons.