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CG Ls and NDs

Posted by Andy on July 23, 2008

Here are the most complete game losses anybody has had since 2003:

                   Games Link to Individual Games
 Roy Halladay          8 Ind. Games                
 Randy Johnson         7 Ind. Games                
 Livan Hernandez       7 Ind. Games                
 Jake Westbrook        6 Ind. Games                
 Bartolo Colon         5 Ind. Games                
 Tim Wakefield         4 Ind. Games                
 Javier Vazquez        4 Ind. Games                
 Ben Sheets            4 Ind. Games                
 Mark Redman           4 Ind. Games                
 Mark Mulder           4 Ind. Games                
 Barry Zito            3 Ind. Games                
 C.C. Sabathia         3 Ind. Games                
 Brad Radke            3 Ind. Games                
 Jamie Moyer           3 Ind. Games                
 Matt Morris           3 Ind. Games                
 Kevin Millwood        3 Ind. Games                
 Derek Lowe            3 Ind. Games                
 John Lackey           3 Ind. Games                
 Ryan Franklin         3 Ind. Games                
 Mark Buehrle          3 Ind. Games                
 Joe Blanton           3 Ind. Games                

Halladay's got 3 already this year and had 3 last year as well. Can you imagine if he'd been healthy so far in his career? He'd probably be considered the best starting pitcher over the last 10 years.

And here are all compete game no-decisions since 2003:

                   Games Link to Individual Games
 Mike Mussina          1 Ind. Games                
 Pat Hentgen           1 Ind. Games              

Trivia question: how does one get a complete game no-decision? Can you figure it out? If not, click on the "Ind. Games" links above and you'll see how.

14 Responses to “CG Ls and NDs”

  1. Raphy Says:

    Cool Idea Andy.
    Since 1956 there have been 6 pitchers who have thrown a shutout, but did not get a win. 2 of the even went 9 innings.

  2. thebest Says:

    Stumped me. I'm surprised that's only happened once in 5 years.

  3. Beardo Says:

    I assumed the game got called a tie because the weather did not let up or something. I checked google and came up with a link if anyone wants a spoiler:

  4. Raphy Says:

    I just went back and checked my link from before and noticed this curiosity.
    In 1956 Rip Coleman didn't win any games, but he did throw a 5 inning shutout that ended in a tie. Therefore, Coleman finished the season with more shutouts than wins.

  5. Raphy Says:

    I meant 1957.

  6. gerry Says:

    One of my favorite baseball factoids concerns Warren Spahn's record in 1942; 0-0, with 1 complete game. It wasn't a tie, either.

  7. Raphy Says:

    OK Gerry, What was it?

  8. gerry Says:

    The Spahn game was a forfeit. I think the way it worked was, Spahn's team was losing when, for some reason, the game was forfeited in their favor. Since they were losing, he couldn't get credit for the win, but since he was the only pitcher his team used, he had to get credit for the complete game.

  9. Andy Says:

    Very interesting, Gerry.

  10. BunnyWrangler Says:

    I own a book that makes reference to a 1942 forfeit by the Giants to the Braves, although it includes no mention of who pitched that game. The game that it describes, which may be completely different from Spahn's CG ND, took place on September 26. The Polo Grounds admitted for free any children who brought in some scrap metal for the war effort, but the promotion backfired when the kids invaded the field in the eighth inning. New York led 5-2 at the time.

  11. whiz Says:

    Retrosheet has a comprehensive listing of forfeits at . There is only one game mentioned in 1942 (the scrap metal game). It's an interesting list. On more than one occasion a game was forfeited because a team was stalling, hoping the game would be called on account of darkness or curfew before it became official (the Cardinals and Phillies traded stalling forfeits in 1937 and 1954).

  12. BunnyWrangler Says:

    Whiz, that's a great link. Thanks for that.

    I guess that I was wrong about who led in that game, though. Sorry.

  13. gerry Says:

    BunnyWrangler, I'm almost sure that you are right and (although it pains me to write this) retrosheet is wrong about who was in the lead. This is the Spahn game, and if the Braves had been in the lead, there would have been no problem crediting him with the win.

    Do a websearch for Spahn forfeit 1942 and you'll find several write-ups.

  14. gerry Says:

    I've asked the good people at Retrosheet to double-check the Spahn game, and they have found that indeed it was the Giants leading at the time of the forfeit. I expect they'll make the change sometime soon (if they haven't already).