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Consecutive Games Without Allowing 4 Runs

Posted by Raphy on May 18, 2010

Last night  Jonathan Papelbon imploded , allowing 4 runs in the 9th to the Yankees. Amazingly, it was the first time in his career that Paplebon allowed 4 runs in a game. Papelbon's streak of 284 games with less than 4 runs allowed to start his career was the 3rd longest in baseball history. Since this is a short relief stat, I assume that the years not covered by PI will have little , if any bearing on this list.

Here are the leaders:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L GS CG SHO GF SV IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA HBP WP BK Tm
1 Bryan Harvey 1987-05-16 1995-04-28 322 17 25 0 0 0 278 177 387.0 278 122 107 144 448 30 2.49 2 25 5 CAL-FLA
2 Bobby Jenks 2005-07-06 2010-05-07 286 14 15 0 0 0 246 151 301.0 263 115 109 99 289 23 3.26 7 15 0 CHW
3 Jonathan Papelbon 2005-07-31 2010-05-15 284 15 13 3 0 0 239 160 316.1 225 74 64 86 360 22 1.82 12 7 0 BOS
4 Takashi Saito 2006-04-09 2010-05-14 251 15 11 0 0 0 171 83 260.1 179 64 60 84 315 15 2.07 12 4 0 LAD-BOS-ATL
5 Jeff Nelson 1992-04-16 1995-08-27 212 11 11 0 0 0 68 9 247.0 207 95 86 120 225 19 3.13 26 7 0 SEA
6 Mike Gonzalez 2003-08-11 2008-07-23 199 9 9 0 0 0 93 34 186.0 140 50 48 82 213 11 2.32 5 8 0 PIT-ATL
7 Brendan Donnelly 2002-04-09 2005-08-06 194 14 8 0 0 0 48 4 213.2 159 61 57 71 227 14 2.40 8 4 0 ANA-LAA
8 Joakim Soria 2007-04-04 2010-05-16 186 7 9 0 0 0 147 98 204.1 143 53 50 58 232 17 2.20 9 8 1 KCR
9 Mike Perez 1990-09-05 1994-05-22 184 18 7 0 0 0 66 17 209.2 184 73 64 64 128 9 2.75 4 6 1 STL
10 Alvin Morman 1996-04-02 1999-10-02 176 6 7 0 0 0 26 3 142.2 161 81 76 75 98 21 4.79 5 7 1 HOU-CLE-SFG-KCR
11 Dale Mohorcic 1986-05-31 1988-08-21 173 11 15 0 0 0 95 28 229.1 232 89 78 52 100 21 3.06 9 6 4 TEX
12 Yorkis Perez 1991-09-30 1996-08-04 170 9 10 0 0 0 34 1 131.2 105 68 64 69 128 12 4.37 4 8 1 CHC-FLA
13 Craig Breslow 2005-07-23 2010-05-15 169 8 12 0 0 0 32 1 159.2 121 59 50 74 135 12 2.82 5 10 3 SDP-BOS-CLE-MIN-OAK
14 Jose Valverde 2003-06-01 2006-06-11 169 8 10 0 0 0 110 47 171.0 125 69 61 77 217 21 3.21 5 10 0 ARI
15 Chad Cordero 2003-08-30 2006-05-11 169 11 7 0 0 0 116 65 185.0 135 58 48 69 169 22 2.34 3 6 0 MON-WSN
16 David Riske 1999-08-14 2004-05-06 168 7 5 0 0 0 56 12 178.0 156 87 80 89 205 26 4.04 9 3 0 CLE
17 Chad Fox 1997-07-13 2003-07-17 168 8 9 0 0 0 40 5 177.0 153 71 64 95 202 16 3.25 7 16 2 ATL-MIL-BOS
18 Billy Wagner 1995-09-13 1999-04-26 165 13 13 0 0 0 126 68 185.1 126 58 53 86 284 17 2.57 6 6 0 HOU
19 Ed Vande Berg 1982-04-07 1984-05-09 162 13 9 2 0 0 61 12 164.0 133 58 47 68 131 12 2.58 3 8 3 SEA
20 Cecil Upshaw 1966-10-01 1971-05-17 162 21 16 0 0 0 117 53 302.0 272 100 88 72 192 20 2.62 10 10 1 ATL
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Generated 5/18/2010.

The longest streak at any point in a career belongs to Dan Plesac who ran off 446 games from 1997-2003. However, those 446 games only included 290.2 innings. Papelbon's streak ranks 22nd overall with a handful of active streaks ahead of him.

Rk Strk Start End Games W L GS CG SHO GF SV IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA HBP WP BK Tm
1 Dan Plesac 1997-04-29 2003-09-28 446 22 19 0 0 0 79 9 290.2 250 135 123 130 349 34 3.81 3 10 0 TOR-ARI-PHI
2 Ricardo Rincon 1999-06-22 2008-09-25 424 17 14 0 0 0 76 2 306.2 271 137 127 141 259 27 3.73 9 10 1 CLE-OAK-STL-NYM
3 Tom Gordon 2001-05-22 2007-09-04 386 27 25 0 0 0 176 83 411.2 320 147 136 144 446 38 2.97 9 15 1 CHC-HOU-CHW-NYY-PHI
4 Tom Niedenfuer 1982-05-29 1988-10-02 380 32 34 0 0 0 236 88 514.0 452 179 170 174 406 49 2.98 11 8 1 LAD-BAL
5 Lee Smith 1989-06-08 1995-06-28 372 20 26 0 0 0 325 239 401.2 334 129 119 129 405 32 2.67 0 7 0 BOS-STL-NYY-BAL-CAL
6 Paul Assenmacher 1991-04-22 1996-09-22 362 26 21 0 0 0 122 24 333.2 306 129 121 116 332 26 3.26 13 10 0 CHC-NYY-CHW-CLE
7 Ken Dayley 1984-06-22 1993-04-14 336 23 27 1 0 0 139 39 376.2 350 152 130 152 292 16 3.11 5 21 1 STL-TOR
8 Kent Mercker 2002-04-03 2008-05-30 326 11 6 0 0 0 65 6 256.0 245 111 100 119 204 37 3.52 8 12 3 COL-CIN-ATL-CHC
9 Steve Kline 2000-08-13 2005-04-04 322 12 12 0 0 0 96 22 265.1 226 93 87 103 170 17 2.95 14 7 0 MON-STL-BAL
10 Bryan Harvey 1987-05-16 1995-04-28 322 17 25 0 0 0 278 177 387.0 278 122 107 144 448 30 2.49 2 25 5 CAL-FLA
11 Bob Patterson 1993-05-20 1998-05-16 317 13 16 0 0 0 92 10 256.0 224 101 98 74 224 32 3.45 5 3 2 TEX-CAL-CHC
12 Willie Hernandez 1980-08-11 1985-08-14 314 29 19 1 0 0 184 76 454.1 384 142 130 117 341 29 2.58 8 12 0 CHC-PHI-DET
13 John Wetteland 1992-07-01 1997-06-17 309 24 19 0 0 0 273 182 355.1 254 99 88 118 403 27 2.23 6 11 0 MON-NYY-TEX
14 Tim Burke 1986-08-01 1991-08-06 306 28 19 2 0 0 184 89 421.2 386 150 125 108 262 29 2.67 11 11 2 MON-NYM
15 Mike Myers 1999-04-16 2003-04-13 294 8 8 0 0 0 65 5 166.0 140 63 62 79 144 12 3.36 13 2 0 MIL-COL-ARI
16 George Sherrill 2006-04-03 2010-05-14 293 8 11 0 0 0 113 56 220.1 173 83 82 113 226 15 3.35 5 4 1 SEA-BAL-LAD
17 Damaso Marte 2002-05-01 2006-05-20 289 13 14 0 0 0 89 31 263.2 199 80 76 119 290 23 2.59 14 7 2 CHW-PIT
18 Dennys Reyes 2005-07-10 2010-05-16 288 12 3 0 0 0 45 1 181.1 153 58 51 85 149 12 2.53 8 18 1 SDP-MIN-STL
19 Ryan Franklin 2005-09-23 2010-05-14 288 24 20 2 0 0 134 64 326.1 318 126 119 100 198 35 3.28 14 9 0 SEA-PHI-CIN-STL
20 David Weathers 2000-06-02 2004-05-13 288 14 18 0 0 0 76 11 311.2 283 112 100 140 244 27 2.89 13 4 0 MIL-CHC-NYM
21 Bobby Jenks 2005-07-06 2010-05-07 286 14 15 0 0 0 246 151 301.0 263 115 109 99 289 23 3.26 7 15 0 CHW
22 Jonathan Papelbon 2005-07-31 2010-05-15 284 15 13 3 0 0 239 160 316.1 225 74 64 86 360 22 1.82 12 7 0 BOS
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Generated 5/18/2010.

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10 Responses to “Consecutive Games Without Allowing 4 Runs”

  1. SJBlonger Says:

    So Jenks had a similar streak broken just a week ago -- and his was two games longer than Papelbon's!

  2. Yes SJ. I should have mentioned that. Thank you.

  3. I found the 4 active streaks directly above Papelbon on the 2nd list interesting...Franklin, Reyes, Sherrill and Marte all within 10 games of each other. That means that last week there were 6 players with active streaks of at least 280 games!

    Franklin remarkably (for his skill set) hasn't allowed 4 runs since he became a full-time reliever in 2006.

  4. I wonder what it is for starting pitchers? Probably during the dead ball era me thinks.

  5. [...] In my earlier post on consecutive games with less than 4 runs, Mark,  a reader, wondered [...]

  6. A little off-topic, but I noticed there is a glitch in the HR log of Marcus Thames (and perhaps some other players). It says he had a walk-off HR in the game below. What he actually did was hit an HR (when his team had an 8-4 lead), and then the game was called due to rain.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/event_hr.cgi?n1=thamema01&t=b
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET200906190.shtml

    I noticed this because one of the announcers said that yesterday was Thames' second career walkoff HR, and then Thames later said that it was his first.

  7. rico petrocelli Says:

    Does Jonathan Papelbon, have the best ERA+ in the history of America’s pastime (among pitchers with over 300 innings)?

    Last night was the first time in his career that he gave up a walk-off home run

    (Kudos to House that Dewey Built for the factoids)

  8. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Yes:

    Jonathan Papelbon......243
    Mariano Rivera.........203
    Billy Wagner...........183
    Francisco Rodriguez....176
    Bryan Harvey...........162

    Now let us know when Pap ever throws 70 IP in a season and we can discuss him as an elite closer.

    (sorry for any formatting issues)

  9. papelbon also was 1st in both charts for ERA over that time span, so i shows that he wasnt just lucky, he really was never a good candidate for giving up 4+ runs in a game.

  10. *it shows, not "i shows"