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Rolling Down The Rhodes

Posted by Steve Lombardi on June 28, 2010

I noticed this news yesterday -

With his scoreless seventh inning Saturday night against the Indians, Reds left-hander Arthur Rhodes continued a dominating scoreless streak of 33 straight appearances and 30 innings.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Rhodes’ 33-appearance scoreless streak tied the Major-League record shared by Mark Guthrie and Mike Myers. His 30-inning scoreless streak is the longest by a reliever in the Major Leagues this season and the longest by a Reds reliever since Ted Abernathy threw 30.0 consecutive scoreless innings in 1967.

And, the first thing I thought of - seeing Rhodes, Guthrie and Myers - was "Yeah, it's easy to pull this off as a LOOGY - facing one or two batters a game. But, how about guys who face three or more batters a game?" And, thanks to Play Index, we have the answer. Here's the "PI data available" streaks for most games in a row facing 3+ batters and not allowing any runs:

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 Joe Nathan 2004-06-09 2004-08-18 28 0 0 0 0 0 26 19 29.0 15 0 0 6 34 0 0.00 1 2 0 MIN
2 Jose Valverde 2010-04-08 2010-06-12 25 1 0 0 0 0 24 12 25.1 6 0 0 10 23 0 0.00 0 0 0 DET
3 Brandon Lyon 2008-04-09 2008-06-12 24 1 0 0 0 0 24 13 25.0 20 0 0 5 16 0 0.00 0 0 0 ARI
4 Trevor Hoffman 2008-09-04 2009-06-13 23 0 0 0 0 0 20 18 23.0 9 0 0 2 18 0 0.00 0 1 0 SDP-MIL
5 Andrew Bailey 2009-09-06 2010-05-08 22 0 0 0 0 0 21 10 21.2 9 0 0 3 20 0 0.00 0 0 0 OAK
6 Mariano Rivera 2005-05-09 2005-07-04 22 2 0 0 0 0 22 15 23.0 8 0 0 5 23 0 0.00 0 0 0 NYY
7 Billy Wagner 1999-08-18 2000-04-12 21 2 0 0 0 0 18 13 23.0 9 0 0 8 31 0 0.00 0 1 0 HOU
8 Billy Wagner 2007-06-15 2007-08-08 20 1 0 0 0 0 18 12 21.0 11 0 0 5 22 0 0.00 1 1 0 NYM
9 Joe Nathan 2004-04-15 2004-06-04 20 1 0 0 0 0 18 14 21.0 10 0 0 9 27 0 0.00 1 1 0 MIN
10 Eric Gagne 2003-08-21 2004-04-15 20 1 0 0 0 0 19 16 22.2 10 0 0 4 32 0 0.00 2 1 0 LAD
11 Doug Jones 1994-05-12 1994-06-29 20 1 0 0 0 0 20 16 21.1 16 0 0 5 16 0 0.00 0 0 0 PHI
12 Joakim Soria 2007-09-25 2008-05-14 19 1 0 0 0 0 18 10 19.1 4 0 0 2 21 0 0.00 2 0 0 KCR
13 Troy Percival 2007-09-08 2008-05-06 19 0 0 1 0 0 13 7 22.0 4 0 0 4 18 0 0.00 0 1 0 STL-TBR
14 Billy Wagner 2003-07-02 2003-08-19 19 0 0 0 0 0 17 13 20.2 8 0 0 5 28 0 0.00 0 1 0 HOU
15 Todd Jones 2000-06-03 2000-07-25 19 0 0 0 0 0 17 14 20.1 11 0 0 6 24 0 0.00 1 0 0 DET
16 Mark Wohlers 1995-07-19 1995-09-03 19 3 0 0 0 0 18 13 21.0 16 0 0 4 26 0 0.00 0 0 0 ATL
17 Alberto Reyes 2005-09-05 2007-04-21 18 1 0 0 0 0 10 6 18.0 8 0 0 5 21 0 0.00 0 0 0 STL-TBD
18 Jonathan Papelbon 2005-09-24 2006-05-01 18 2 0 0 0 0 13 10 20.2 11 0 0 4 22 0 0.00 1 0 0 BOS
19 Matt Mantei 2003-07-04 2003-08-25 18 0 0 0 0 0 16 13 20.0 10 0 0 3 27 0 0.00 1 0 0 ARI
20 John Smoltz 2002-09-15 2003-04-29 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 15 20.1 12 0 0 3 28 0 0.00 0 1 0 ATL
21 Jose Mesa 2001-06-30 2001-08-15 18 0 0 0 0 0 15 11 18.0 10 0 0 3 13 0 0.00 0 0 0 PHI
22 Felix Rodriguez 2001-05-11 2001-06-21 18 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 20.0 7 0 0 3 27 0 0.00 0 0 0 SFG
23 Robb Nen 2000-07-31 2000-09-20 18 1 0 0 0 0 18 13 18.2 8 0 0 2 30 0 0.00 1 0 0 SFG
24 Roberto Hernandez 1995-09-15 1996-04-29 18 1 0 0 0 0 15 12 20.2 13 0 0 11 31 0 0.00 0 0 0 CHW
25 Todd Worrell 1995-09-03 1996-04-23 18 0 0 0 0 0 17 11 21.0 15 0 0 4 25 0 0.00 0 0 0 LAD
26 Jose Mesa 1995-07-16 1995-08-23 18 0 0 0 0 0 17 15 18.0 10 0 0 4 22 0 0.00 0 0 0 CLE
27 Dennis Eckersley 1990-08-31 1991-04-16 18 1 0 0 0 0 17 13 22.0 12 0 0 1 21 0 0.00 0 0 0 OAK
28 Jonathan Broxton 2009-08-21 2009-09-26 17 0 0 0 0 0 14 10 17.2 9 0 0 3 28 0 0.00 0 0 0 LAD
29 Frank Francisco 2009-04-06 2009-05-29 17 1 0 0 0 0 16 11 17.2 10 0 0 5 18 0 0.00 1 0 0 TEX
30 Brandon Morrow 2008-05-27 2008-07-09 17 1 0 0 0 0 13 8 17.2 2 0 0 3 23 0 0.00 0 0 0 SEA
31 Todd Jones 2005-07-19 2005-08-27 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 17 18.2 11 0 0 1 18 0 0.00 0 0 0 FLA
32 Brad Lidge 2004-09-17 2005-04-19 17 2 0 0 0 0 15 11 20.2 8 0 0 5 39 0 0.00 0 1 0 HOU
33 Shigetoshi Hasega 2003-06-26 2003-08-17 17 0 0 0 0 0 15 12 22.0 14 0 0 5 10 0 0.00 0 0 0 SEA
34 Turk Wendell 2001-08-29 2003-05-11 17 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 19.1 8 0 0 7 12 0 0.00 1 1 0 PHI
35 Eric Gagne 2002-09-21 2003-04-26 17 2 0 0 0 0 14 10 20.0 12 0 0 5 30 0 0.00 1 0 0 LAD
36 Oscar Henriquez 2002-07-11 2002-08-14 17 1 0 0 0 0 9 2 16.2 4 0 0 7 16 0 0.00 0 2 0 DET
37 Mike Remlinger 2000-04-16 2000-05-20 17 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 18.2 7 0 0 7 18 0 0.00 0 0 0 ATL
38 Troy Percival 1995-09-27 1996-05-03 17 1 0 0 0 0 12 11 18.2 6 0 0 4 30 0 0.00 1 0 0 CAL
39 Larry Andersen 1984-06-21 1984-08-01 17 0 0 0 0 0 6 2 31.2 17 0 0 10 17 0 0.00 0 0 0 PHI
40 Bob Locker 1968-07-14 1968-08-11 17 1 0 0 0 0 9 0 25.1 12 0 0 5 14 0 0.00 0 0 0 CHW
41 Stu Miller 1965-04-29 1965-06-08 17 4 0 0 0 0 14 6 31.0 11 0 0 6 29 0 0.00 1 0 0 BAL
42 Phil Hughes 2009-06-14 2009-07-26 16 1 0 0 0 0 4 1 21.0 11 0 0 4 25 0 0.00 0 1 1 NYY
43 Scott Schoeneweis 2006-09-01 2007-04-20 16 2 0 0 0 0 8 2 14.1 9 0 0 8 10 0 0.00 1 1 1 CIN-NYM
44 Francisco Rodrigu 2006-08-15 2006-09-14 16 2 0 0 0 0 14 12 16.2 11 0 0 5 21 0 0.00 1 4 0 LAA
45 Ryan Dempster 2005-08-16 2005-09-16 16 0 0 0 0 0 14 12 16.0 10 0 0 3 13 0 0.00 1 1 0 CHC
46 Joe Borowski 2005-07-18 2005-08-26 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18.2 6 0 0 4 8 0 0.00 0 0 0 TBD
47 Kerry Ligtenberg 2001-08-24 2002-04-03 16 2 0 0 0 0 6 0 19.0 9 0 0 7 19 0 0.00 0 0 0 ATL
48 Shigetoshi Hasega 2000-07-18 2000-08-29 16 2 0 0 0 0 10 6 23.2 12 0 0 9 8 0 0.00 1 0 1 ANA
49 Bob Wickman 1999-09-20 2000-05-07 16 0 0 0 0 0 15 8 16.1 9 0 0 4 17 0 0.00 0 0 0 MIL
50 Keith Foulke 1999-08-14 1999-09-19 16 1 0 0 0 0 7 3 24.1 10 0 0 5 28 0 0.00 0 0 0 CHW
51 Juan Acevedo 1998-08-28 1998-09-27 16 2 0 0 0 0 16 12 18.0 10 0 0 5 11 0 0.00 0 0 0 STL
52 Jeff Montgomery 1997-07-19 1997-08-31 16 1 0 0 0 0 15 8 18.0 5 0 0 1 14 0 0.00 0 1 0 KCR
53 Todd Jones 1994-07-26 1995-05-12 16 4 0 0 0 0 10 3 28.1 10 0 0 13 23 0 0.00 0 1 0 HOU
54 Bill Landrum 1990-09-22 1991-05-08 16 2 0 0 0 0 12 4 21.2 8 0 0 3 13 0 0.00 0 0 0 PIT
55 Gregg Olson 1989-09-09 1990-05-04 16 3 0 0 0 0 14 8 25.0 13 0 0 7 21 0 0.00 1 1 0 BAL
56 Alejandro Pena 1987-09-15 1988-05-10 16 1 0 0 0 0 12 10 29.1 16 0 0 8 25 0 0.00 0 0 1 LAD
57 Ray Searage 1984-08-26 1985-04-09 16 2 0 0 0 0 15 6 29.0 14 0 0 11 25 0 0.00 1 1 0 MIL
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/28/2010.

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Dig Billy Wagner and Todd Jones for having 3 streaks of 16+ such games here - albeit that they each had one streak over two seasons.  Now, those two guys had more than one run where they were really on a roll...

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7 Responses to “Rolling Down The Rhodes”

  1. It's interesting to see a whipping boy from another recent post -- Jonathan Broxton -- has made this list; and {not surprisingly} that Billy Wagner has made it three times in the first fifteen.

  2. Rhodes has only faced 1 batter three times during this streak and only faced two batters five times, which means that in 25 appearances he's faced at least 3 batters without giving up a run, which is good for 2nd on this list.

  3. Ryan Dempster's (#16) streak was much more impressive than your list shows. He actually went 30 straight appearances of 3+ batters without allowing a run. The only thing preventing him from topping your list was a scoreless third of an inning to finish a game.

    Here are the longest scoreless streaks considering only appearances of 3+ batters. Starts or appearances of less than 3 batters (scoreless or not) are not considered:

    http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/ZC6PE

    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 Ryan Dempster 2005-08-16 2006-04-19 30 0 0 0 0 0 28 21 30.0 15 0 0 10 27 0 0.00 2 1 0 CHC
    2 Francisco Rodrigu 2006-07-02 2006-09-14 28 2 0 0 0 0 24 21 30.0 18 0 0 11 41 0 0.00 1 4 0 LAA
    3 Joe Nathan 2004-06-09 2004-08-18 28 0 0 0 0 0 26 19 29.0 15 0 0 6 34 0 0.00 1 2 0 MIN
    4 Turk Wendell 2001-08-29 2003-06-27 28 1 0 0 0 0 9 0 33.0 16 0 0 13 19 0 0.00 1 1 0 PHI
    5 J.C. Romero 2004-06-26 2004-09-10 27 4 0 0 0 0 7 0 34.1 14 0 0 13 33 0 0.00 1 2 0 MIN
    6 J.C. Romero 2007-08-28 2008-04-30 26 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 26.1 14 0 0 15 24 0 0.00 2 2 0 PHI
    7 Mariano Rivera 1999-07-22 1999-10-02 26 1 0 0 0 0 25 19 30.0 14 0 0 5 27 0 0.00 1 0 0 NYY
    8 Todd Worrell 1992-08-02 1993-04-07 26 2 0 0 0 0 3 3 27.2 14 0 0 9 31 0 0.00 0 0 1 STL-LAD
    9 Gregg Olson 1989-08-04 1990-05-04 26 3 0 0 0 0 23 14 39.1 19 0 0 14 38 0 0.00 2 1 1 BAL
    10 Arthur Rhodes 2010-04-13 2010-06-26 25 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 25.2 13 0 0 9 22 0 0.00 0 1 0 CIN
    11 Jose Valverde 2010-04-08 2010-06-12 25 1 0 0 0 0 24 12 25.1 6 0 0 10 23 0 0.00 0 0 0 DET
    12 Brad Ziegler 2008-06-03 2008-08-12 25 1 0 0 0 0 5 2 36.0 20 0 0 11 16 0 0.00 1 0 0 OAK
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 6/28/2010.
  4. dukeofflatbush Says:

    Rhodes has a very interesting career. With no particular trend or reason, he either stinks or is phenomenal.
    Out of 19 seasons:
    His 8 best seasons; 474 IP, 2.41 ERA
    His 8 worst seasons; 456.1 IP, 5.80 ERA
    I can't explain that one.

  5. flyingelbowsmash Says:

    Us Mariner fans know about that. . .

  6. Orioles_Fan_1983 Says:

    Still can't forget his phenominal 1997 season with the wire-to-wire (then bust) Orioles.

  7. Valverde's numbers aren't correct. In one appearance he only recorded 2 outs, but gave up a hit, so therefore faced the minimum of 3 batters. I'm sure there are others, but he's the highest on the list..