Comments on: Fastest to 14+K, 0 BB Game http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6648 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Joe http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6648/comment-page-1#comment-24393 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 19:00:34 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6648#comment-24393 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.

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By: Gerry http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6648/comment-page-1#comment-24260 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 05:30:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6648#comment-24260 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.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6648/comment-page-1#comment-24184 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 21:37:21 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6648#comment-24184 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.

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By: Joe http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6648/comment-page-1#comment-24162 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 19:27:18 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6648#comment-24162 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.

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By: Rich http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6648/comment-page-1#comment-24136 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 17:07:15 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6648#comment-24136 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.

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By: Larry R. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6648/comment-page-1#comment-24098 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 13:21:39 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6648#comment-24098 Gooden's were in back-to-back starts! I remember it well and the excitement it caused. Just stay off the coke, Stephen.

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By: Frank Clingenpeel http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6648/comment-page-1#comment-24055 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 05:21:52 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6648#comment-24055 @ Dave -- don't be too surprised if that changes sometime in the next week.

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By: Dave http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6648/comment-page-1#comment-24054 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 05:19:06 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6648#comment-24054 ...at least nobody with a "streak" of starts (1 game is not a streak)

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By: Dave http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6648/comment-page-1#comment-24050 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 05:16:16 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6648#comment-24050 I looked up most consecutive starts to begin a career with 14 or more strikeouts and got a whopping nobody.

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By: Joe Garrison http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6648/comment-page-1#comment-24037 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 04:30:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6648#comment-24037 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".

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