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Consecutive complete game losses

Posted by Andy on April 30, 2008

Thanks to my buddy Eric for this idea. (Not you, Eric H, this time it's Eric P.)

Last night, Roy Halladay lost his third straight complete game. I am willing to bet than in the early 1900s, such a streak was very common since most starts were CGs. But, it's rare these days. Here are the longest such streaks since 1956:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games   W   L   GS  CG SHO  GF  SV   IP     H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR   ERA  HBP  WP  BK Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Mickey Lolich      1975-07-17  1975-08-15     7    0   7   7   7   0   0   0   59     59   30   26   15   31   6   3.97   0   1   0 DET                                  

 Rick Langford      1980-06-03  1980-06-30     6    0   6   6   6   0   0   0   52.2   51   25   23   13   22   8   3.93   0   2   1 OAK                                  

 Jack Harshman      1958-05-17  1958-06-07     5    0   5   5   5   0   0   0   43     42   20   19   10   40   6   3.98   1   2   0 BAL                                  

 Curt Schilling     1998-05-17  1998-06-07     4    0   4   4   4   0   0   0   33.2   31   13   11    7   36   1   2.94   1   2   0 PHI                                  
 Phil Niekro        1978-09-21  1979-04-06     4    0   4   4   4   0   0   0   33     28   10    9   12   21   1   2.45   1   1   0 ATL                                  
 Ken Brett          1976-06-20  1976-07-06     4    0   4   4   4   0   0   0   35.1   29   13   12   15   17   0   3.06   1   1   0 CHW                                  
 Clyde Wright       1974-07-20  1974-08-02     4    0   4   4   4   0   0   0   33     37   14   13    7    9   1   3.55   0   1   0 MIL                                  
 Bob Gibson         1965-05-25  1965-06-08     4    0   4   4   4   0   0   0   35.2   26   15   13   15   21   5   3.28   1   1   1 STL                                  

Halladay is tied with roughly 60 other streaks at 3 games, although the last one was by Randy Johnson in 1999. See here for the full list.

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6 Responses to “Consecutive complete game losses”

  1. BunnyWrangler Says:

    Over those three games, Randy Johnson gave up only three runs. Even more remarkable, though, is that he was shut out twice, 1-0 each time, by José Jimenez. These two starts, a no-hitter and a two-hitter, were the only complete games that Jimenez ever threw.

  2. So those aren't quite complete-game losses in consecutive starts, though. This list shows the greatest number of consecutive losses in complete games, which is not quite the same thing. Take a look at Schilling in '98, for example - he had two complete game losses, followed by a five-inning start on May 28, followed by two more complete game losses. Not quite sure how to use the streak finder to find this exact streak (consecutive starts resulting in complete game losses) - anybody know?

  3. jokeeffe the reason that Schilling and Ken Brett are on the list is because the only games in between are no decisions.

    If you want to find consecutive games that are all complete game losses, you would do the same search, but select "any" under "pitcher decision" .
    http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/32Bv

  4. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Using pitching streak finder, look for streaks by a starting pitcher in which Complete Games = 1 and Losses = 1. I think that does it, right? Only Schilling is eliminated from the list above.

  5. Yeah--you guys found my mistake exactly. Thanks.

  6. Mike Minetti Says:

    Speaking of the Jimenez no-hitter - I wonder how many times a pitcher has had an ERA of over 6.00 for the
    season after pitching one.