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Consecutive Starts 8+IP, 1-R

Posted by Raphy on June 8, 2010

With his shutout of the  Reds tonight, not only has Matt Cain thrown at least 8 innings in 4 consecutive starts, he has also not allowed more than 1 run in any of those starts. Since 2000, only 2 other pitchers have put together streaks as long as Cain's.

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 Roy Halladay 2003-09-01 2003-09-17 4 4 0 4 4 2 0 0 37.0 18 2 1 4 25 0 0.24 1 0 0 TOR
2 Randy Wolf 2002-08-16 2002-09-05 4 4 0 4 3 2 0 0 35.0 17 1 1 6 30 1 0.26 1 1 0 PHI
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The last pitcher to go 8+ with at most 1 run allowed in 5 consecutive starts was Roger Clemens in 1997. The current PI-era (1920-1939,1952-2010) leader is Bob Gibson, who did it in 11 consecutive starts in 1968. 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 Bob Gibson 1968-06-06 1968-07-30 11 11 0 11 11 8 0 0 99.0 56 3 3 13 83 0 0.27 3 1 0 STL
2 J.R. Richard 1979-08-03 1979-09-06 8 7 1 8 8 2 0 0 72.0 40 6 4 20 76 0 0.50 1 3 0 HOU
3 Fernando Valenzue 1981-04-09 1981-05-08 7 7 0 7 6 5 0 0 63.0 40 2 2 16 61 0 0.29 0 0 0 LAD
4 Orel Hershiser 1988-09-05 1988-09-28 6 5 0 6 5 5 0 0 55.0 30 0 0 9 34 0 0.00 0 1 0 LAD
5 Don Sutton 1976-09-02 1976-09-27 6 5 0 6 4 2 0 0 55.2 30 3 3 14 31 1 0.49 1 1 1 LAD
6 Steve Carlton 1972-07-23 1972-08-13 6 6 0 6 6 4 0 0 54.0 25 2 1 8 45 1 0.17 0 0 0 PHI
7 Don Drysdale 1968-05-14 1968-06-04 6 6 0 6 6 6 0 0 54.0 27 0 0 9 42 0 0.00 2 1 0 LAD
8 Johnny Vander Mee 1938-05-27 1938-06-19 6 6 0 6 0 0 6 0 55.0 17 4 4 24 35 1 0.65 0 0 0 CIN
9 Red Faber 1921-07-03 1921-07-21 6 6 0 6 6 2 0 0 60.0 42 4 4 9 28 1 0.60 0 0 0 CHW
10 Roger Clemens 1997-07-06 1997-07-28 5 4 1 5 3 1 0 0 42.0 24 3 3 7 53 1 0.64 2 0 0 TOR
11 John Smoltz 1992-07-10 1992-08-01 5 4 0 5 1 1 0 0 41.1 30 2 2 8 33 0 0.44 2 2 0 ATL
12 Dave Stieb 1988-09-18 1989-04-10 5 4 0 5 4 4 0 0 44.0 11 1 1 11 25 0 0.20 2 0 0 TOR
13 Dwight Gooden 1985-09-06 1985-09-26 5 3 0 5 2 2 0 0 44.0 24 1 0 9 39 0 0.00 0 0 0 NYM
14 Dave Stieb 1983-05-01 1983-05-21 5 5 0 5 3 2 0 0 46.1 27 3 3 17 35 0 0.58 3 0 0 TOR
15 Dick Ruthven 1982-05-08 1982-05-29 5 4 0 5 3 1 0 0 43.0 22 4 4 7 25 1 0.84 0 0 1 PHI
16 Frank Tanana 1977-05-20 1977-06-10 5 4 1 5 5 3 0 0 44.0 26 2 2 11 36 1 0.41 0 0 0 CAL
17 Tom Seaver 1975-06-05 1975-06-25 5 4 0 5 3 2 0 0 43.1 23 3 3 8 38 1 0.62 3 0 0 NYM
18 Jim Kaat 1974-09-13 1974-10-01 5 5 0 5 5 1 0 0 45.0 27 4 2 5 36 0 0.40 1 0 0 CHW
19 Fergie Jenkins 1974-08-27 1974-09-13 5 5 0 5 5 2 0 0 45.0 28 3 3 4 46 0 0.60 1 1 0 TEX
20 Rudy May 1972-08-29 1972-09-15 5 5 0 5 5 2 0 0 47.0 26 3 3 10 41 1 0.57 0 1 0 CAL
21 Wilbur Wood 1971-09-29 1972-04-25 5 4 0 5 4 3 0 0 45.0 29 2 1 7 33 1 0.20 0 0 0 CHW
22 Ray Culp 1968-09-07 1968-09-25 5 5 0 5 5 4 0 0 45.0 23 1 1 9 47 0 0.20 0 1 0 BOS
23 Steve Blass 1968-08-15 1968-09-06 5 5 0 5 3 2 0 0 43.2 29 2 2 9 27 1 0.41 0 0 0 PIT
24 Tom Cheney 1962-09-30 1963-05-01 5 5 0 5 4 2 0 0 44.2 23 3 2 9 50 0 0.40 0 0 0 WSA
25 Bob Gibson 1962-07-08 1962-07-27 5 4 1 5 3 1 0 0 43.2 23 4 3 17 32 1 0.62 3 0 0 STL
26 Billy Pierce 1957-05-21 1957-06-08 5 5 0 5 5 3 0 0 47.0 16 2 1 10 33 0 0.19 0 1 0 CHW
27 Don Newcombe 1956-07-20 1956-08-07 5 5 0 5 5 3 0 0 45.0 25 2 2 7 27 2 0.40 0 0 0 BRO
28 Bucky Walters 1939-07-09 1939-07-25 5 5 0 5 0 0 5 0 45.0 23 3 3 10 17 1 0.60 0 0 0 CIN
29 Bill Lee 1938-05-19 1938-06-03 5 5 0 5 0 0 5 0 46.0 26 1 1 7 13 0 0.20 1 0 0 CHC
30 Jim Turner 1937-07-09 1937-07-29 5 4 1 5 0 0 5 0 45.0 25 3 3 4 12 0 0.60 0 0 0 BSN
31 Dizzy Dean 1937-04-20 1937-05-09 5 5 0 5 0 0 5 0 46.0 38 3 2 5 40 0 0.39 0 0 1 STL
32 Carl Hubbell 1933-09-16 1934-04-28 5 5 0 5 0 0 5 0 45.0 38 4 4 4 21 1 0.80 0 0 0 NYG
33 Tommy Thomas 1927-05-19 1927-06-03 5 5 0 5 5 2 0 0 45.0 34 3 2 10 22 0 0.40 0 0 0 CHW
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19 Responses to “Consecutive Starts 8+IP, 1-R”

  1. The moment I saw the title of this post, I knew Bob Gibson would be #1 on the list. His 1968 is so dominant that it has to rank amongst the single dominant seasons for any sport, ever. I know there have been posts in the past to support this

  2. There are some DAMN good pitchers on that list.

  3. 4 of these were from 68, not surprising. also, gibson and dave steib appeared twice.

  4. rootbeersoup Says:

    Matt Cain has been a stud for years. His poor W-L record keeps him under the radar unfortunately.

  5. Bob Gibson in 1968 blows away the field? There's a "shocker".

  6. Joe Garrison Says:

    Fernando was just staring his career when he was making those starts... Fernando-mania lives on in our memories!

  7. Am I remembering incorrectly, or didn't Larry Jaster throw five consecutive shutouts for the Cardinals back in the mid-Sixties sometime?

  8. I took a look at the stats and none of his 5 shutouts in '66 were consecutive. (he only had 2 others in his career) BUT, all 5 of his shutouts that year were against the Dodgers, and he holds the record for most consecutive shutouts against one team.

  9. These are impressive streaks, but note that 43% of them included a September start when rosters are expanded...

  10. I know that I am in a small minority here when I say this, but I believe that Bob Gibson's 1968 season is on e of the more overrated ones in history. Let's keep in mind that he still found time to lose nine games for a team that was good enough to go to the World Series. His 1.12 ERA was as much a product of the times as it was a reflection of his skill. That was the same year that Drysdale threw 58 consecutive scoreless innings, Yaz won the batting title with a .301 average, the Mets and Astros took 24 innings to settle a 1-0 game, and the All-Star Game saw only one run scored, and that was on a double play grounder. IMO, Gibson's 1968 has since been topped by Guidry in '78, Gooden in '85, Maddux in both '94 and '95, and Martinez in both '99 and '00.

  11. SJBlonger Says:

    While Gibson's 1.12 ERA was certainly depressed by the prevailing conditions, to say he "found the time" to lose 9 games is pretty harsh. He lost two 1-0 games and a 2-0; in seven of those losses the Cards scored no more than two runs. In May he "found the time" to lose four consecutive games while pitching 33 innings and allowing only 7 earned runs, losing by scores of 3-2, 1-0, 2-0, and 3-1.

  12. nightfly Says:

    Yeah, that slacker Gibson, only posting 13 shutouts and the seventh-best ERA+ of all time! But in fairness to you, wboenig, you did manage to pick out three of the six years that topped his ERA+ mark: Maddux's '94 and '95, and Pedro's 2000. (Guidry's '78 is 30th, an ERA+ of 208 vs. Gibby's 258.)

    Gibson's WHIP of .853 is 11th all-time (excluding the five pre-1901 results). Pedro's 2000 was first.

    From 1968-1972, Gibson completed 72.6% of his starts. Holy shniekie.

  13. This makes me wonder about this 100 pitch count nonsense that so many pitchers are under nowadays. How many of those starts would have been less than 8 innings if the pitcher had to come out at 100 pitches? And I don't see a lot of careers in that list that were shortened due to "overwork".

  14. Since 1900, Gibson's '68 ranks third in WAR for pitchers (behind only Walter Johnson's 1913 and Steve Carlton's 1972), and sixth in ERA+ (behind only Pedro's 2000, Dutch Leonard's 1914, Maddux's '94 and '95, and Johnson's '13). In fact, Gibson's '68 and Johnson's 1912 and '13 are the only seasons in the top ten in both WAR and ERA+.

    I do agree that the Maddux and Pedro seasons are more impressive given the era they occurred in, but Gibson's season is nonetheless deservedly on the short list for greatest of all time. It's not overrated by any stretch.

  15. As for Cain, his four-game 8+IP, 1-R streak gives him five such starts on the season, which is more than Roy Halladay (four) and Ubaldo Jimenez (three).

  16. In honor of Mr. Strasburg's amazing kickoff I was harkening back to Fernando's rookie 1981, when my dad and I were looking forward to seeing him at Three Rivers after work, only to be denied by the strike in the middle of that season. Per the rest of my Facebook post, I hope other fathers and sons get to do better with this memory.

  17. Its fun to see Johnny Vander Meer's consecutive no-hitters show up on the list.

  18. Interesting that Vander Meer came up. It was a really fond memory of my dad that he was there to so the second no-hitter -- and how my dad booed when McKechnie kept warming up relievers because Vandy was so wild. That reliever was Bucky Walters -- a childhood favorite of mine.

    Thanks for that memory.

  19. Butch Cassidy Says:

    It seems like the only time Matt Cain gets a friggin' win is when he throws a complete game. Giants need some bats to back him up.