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Fastest to 14+K, 0 BB Game

Posted by Raphy on June 8, 2010

Here's another quick Strasburg note.  By striking out 14 batters without issuing a walk tonight, Strasburg (obviously) became the fastest player to accomplish this feat. Here are the other players with a 14+ K , 0 BB game within their first 100 games. (1920-1939,1952-2010)

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 5 Kerry Wood 1998-05-06 CHC HOU W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 0 20 0 122 84 105 29 27 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.673 4.742 1.070
2 11 Gary Nolan 1967-06-07 CIN SFG L 3-4 GS-8 7.2 8 3 3 0 15 1 66 31 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3.52 0.038 0.722 1.183
3 19 Roger Clemens 1984-08-21 BOS KCR W 11-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 7 1 1 0 15 0 84 33 33 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.00 0.143 3.671 .494
4 29 Dwight Gooden 1984-09-12 NYM PIT W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 0 16 0 93 32 32 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.520 4.036 .884
5 30 Dwight Gooden 1984-09-17 NYM PHI L 1-2 CG 8 ,L 8.0 7 2 1 0 16 0 78 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 2 1 1.12 -0.022 1.695 1.472
6 35 Mark Prior 2003-06-26 CHC MIL L 3-5 GS-8 8.0 4 2 2 0 16 1 127 86 82 27 27 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2.25 0.387 2.188 1.010
7 40 Roger Clemens 1986-04-29 BOS SEA W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 3 1 1 0 20 1 97 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.00 0.383 3.702 .988
8 40 Vida Blue 1971-07-09 OAK CAL W 1-0 GS-11 11.0 7 0 0 0 17 0 100 40 40 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.872 4.654 1.558
9 47 Jose DeLeon 1985-04-16 PIT NYM L 1-2 GS-8 8.0 4 1 1 0 14 0 84 28 28 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.12 0.261 2.579 .759
10 57 Frank Tanana 1975-06-21 (1) CAL TEX W 4-2 CG 9 ,W 9.0 9 2 2 0 17 0 78 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2.00 0.281 1.966 1.067
11 95 Bobby Bolin 1963-06-12 SFG CHC W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 1 1 0 14 0 89 34 32 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.00 0.401 2.778 .988
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Generated 6/8/2010.

It is impossible to forget Wood's start. However, I forgot how early in his career it was.

Also, note that those starts  by Gooden were back to back!

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15 Responses to “Fastest to 14+K, 0 BB Game”

  1. rico petrocelli Says:

    Wakefield has thrown 2,776.2 innings, passing Roger Clemens (2,776) for most in Red Sox history.

  2. [...] the comments section of another post,  reader rico petrocelli mentioned that Tim Wakefield has now passed Roger Clemens as the all-time innings [...]

  3. By "fastest", I am assuming you are all meaning in terms of big-league experience, right? Because if we are going by age, I think Gary Nolan would get the nod, right?

  4. Correct. I'm sorry if that wasn't clear.

  5. Raphy, it was probably just unclear to me.

  6. Joe Garrison Says:

    I had forgotten how much trouble Gooden had with keeping runners close to the bag. Those five steals bring back memories of announcers harping on how important it was for him to keep guys on first... at first. The color guy would often chime in and say "lucky for Gooden, few guys reach first base to begin with".

  7. I looked up most consecutive starts to begin a career with 14 or more strikeouts and got a whopping nobody.

  8. ...at least nobody with a "streak" of starts (1 game is not a streak)

  9. @ Dave -- don't be too surprised if that changes sometime in the next week.

  10. Larry R. Says:

    Gooden's were in back-to-back starts! I remember it well and the excitement it caused. Just stay off the coke, Stephen.

  11. Ha, Gooden lost to the great Shane Rawley in that second start.

    Also of note, Kerry Wood was robbed of a no hitter in that game, too. The only "hit" he surrendered was BS. Should have been an error.

  12. Yeah, I remember that game by Wood, and it's still the most dominating pitching performance I've ever seen. He looked like a professional pitching to amateurs that day. And I agree, the one hit was an infield single that easily could've been an error.

    A couple of interesting tidbits about that game, first - the first eight batters (combined - both teams) of that game struck out. I wonder what the record is for most combined consecutive strikeouts to start a game. Second - it's easy to forget that Wood's opponent that day, Shane Reynolds, pitched a fine game himself. He took a complete game loss, giving up just one earned run and striking out 10 of his own. So there were 30 combined strikeouts in that game. I also wonder what the record is for most combined strikeouts in a 9-inning game.

    Also, seeing the back-to-back games Gooden pitched, as a rookie, striking out 16 and walking 0, reminds me, as it did JohnnyTwisto, of just how dominant Gooden was at the beginning of his career. I have to repeat Gooden's numbers for the 50-start stretch spanning the last month and a half of his rookie year ('84), all of his second year ('85'), and the first month of his third year ('86), because they're so ridiculous: 37-5, 1.38 ERA, 25 CG, 12 SHO, and 412 Ks in 404.2 IP. Look at those numbers for a second. For a year and a half, between the ages of 19 and 21, 1 in 4 starts was a shutout. That has to be one of the most dominant 50 start stretches of any pitcher, ever.

    So, as great as Strasburg was last night - and no doubt about it, he was great - let's not forget that there have been equally as spectacular pitching phenoms that have come along.

  13. Johnny Twisto Says:

    The Gooden stretch reminds me of a Bob Gibson stretch which bookends his 1968. From 9/7/67 to 5/25/69, he pitched 48 games: 31-12, 1.18 ERA, 420 IP, 367 K, 91 BB, 36 CG, 16 SHO. What makes it even more amazing is that it begins immediately after he had been out six weeks after his leg was broken by a line drive.

  14. The record for most combined strikeouts in a 9-inning game is 31, set by Texas (18) and Seattle (13), 13 July 1997. In a 20-inning game, the Angels (26) and Athletics (17) combined for 43 strikeouts, 9 July 1971.

  15. Hey, thanks for the answer for that one, Gerry. Should've figured, a game started by Randy Johnson. Funny that Texas struck out 18 times in that game, but still managed to win. Anyway, so the Kerry Wood game came close.

    Meanwhile, the 20-inning game you mentioned was a game that was won 1-0 in the bottom of the 20th. Through the top of the 18th inning, each team had only used two pitchers. A far cry from today's game, indeed.