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Latos Numbers

Posted by Raphy on May 14, 2010

In what seems to be happening on a daily basis, another young pitcher threw a gem yesterday. This time it was Mat Latos's turn. Latos absolutely shut down the Giants and missed a perfect game by half a step. On the way to his one-hit shutout Latos also out 6 for a game score of 91. This comes on the heels of last week's beauty in which Latos allowed 0 runs on 2 hits with 9 strike outs in 8 innings. And he's only 22. Here are a couple of interesting lists to put Latos's performance into perspective.

In the current PI era (1920-1939,1952-2010) only 5 previous pitchers had thrown at least 5 innings with at most 2 hits with no walks in consecutive starts (a couple of those had a relief appearance thrown in). Only 1 those pitchers, Billy Pierce in 1958, pitched more innings in those games than Latos did in his starts.

Rk Strk Start End Games W L GS CG SHO GF SV IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA HBP WP BK Tm
2 Rich Harden 2008-08-19 2008-08-24 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 14.0 4 1 1 0 21 1 0.64 0 1 0 CHC
7 John Montefusco 1982-07-20 1982-07-25 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 14.0 4 1 0 0 8 0 0.00 0 0 0 SDP
15 Marcelino Lopez 1965-07-03 1965-07-09 2 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 14.0 3 0 0 0 10 0 0.00 1 0 0 CAL
16 Billy Pierce 1958-06-21 1958-06-27 2 2 0 2 2 2 0 0 18.0 3 0 0 0 12 0 0.00 0 0 0 CHW
17 Al Smith 1936-05-29 1936-06-06 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 16.0 4 0 0 0 7 0 0.00 0 0 0 NYG
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Even if his starts were not consecutive, throwing 2 games with a gamescore of at least 87 at such a young age, so early in the season puts Latos on very short list of pitchers. Here are the previous pitchers who were younger than 23, that also put up 2 starts in their team's first 34 with a gamescore of at least 87 (1920-1939, 1952-2010).

Rk Player Year #Matching W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
1 Herb Score 1955 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.50 2 2 1 0 18.0 7 1 0 7 25 0.78
2 Dwight Gooden 1985 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 0 18.0 7 0 0 5 23 0.67
3 Wade Blasingame 1965 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.78 2 2 0 0 23.0 6 2 1 8 20 0.61
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Generated 5/14/2010.

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  2. Elias notes that since 1901, Cy Young in 1905 is only pitcher other than Latos and Pierce to go 8+ innings with 0 runs, 0 walks and at most 2 hits in consecutive starts.

    http://espn.go.com/espn/elias?date=20100514

  3. @ Ralphy - What a shame Elias has all those stats, probably all the info that Retrosheet volunteers are trying to piece together now plus a ton more, and they will not share it with anyone.

  4. In Pierce's 2nd outing he retired the first 26 batters! A PH double was the only hit.

  5. [...] Latos Numbers (Baseball-Reference). Raphy takes a closer look at Mat Latos’ near-perfect game. When a young pitcher ends up on a list with Herb Score and Dwight Gooden, that’s usually a good thing. [...]