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Complete games

Posted by Andy on September 29, 2008

Now that the regular 2008 season is over, we can begin to put some accomplishments in persective. The C. C. Sabathia acquisition will go down as one of the greatest mid-season trades of all time. Yesterday, his 10th complete game of the year helped the Brewers make the playoffs for the first time in ovet 25 years.

Sabathia is the first guy in quite a while to get 10 CGs in a season:

  Cnt Player            Year CG Age Tm  Lg  G   GS SHO GF  W  L  W-L% SV   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO   ERA  ERA+ HR  BF   AB  2B 3B IBB HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS Pk BK WP   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  OPS+  Pit  Str
+----+-----------------+----+--+---+---+--+---+---+---+--+--+--+-----+--+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+--+----+----+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+----+----+
    1 C.C. Sabathia     2008 10  27 TOT ML  35  35   5  0 17 10  .630  0 253   223  85  76  59 251   2.70  162 19 1023  942 38  1   1   7   9   6  20  12  3  2  2  2  .237  .285  .340  .625   65 3814 2530 
    2 Randy Johnson     1999 12  35 ARI NL  35  35   2  0 17  9  .654  0 271.2 207  86  75  70 364   2.48  186 30 1079  993 28  4   3   9   4   3  14  42 17  5  2  4  .208  .266  .335  .601   55           
    3 Scott Erickson    1998 11  30 BAL AL  36  36   2  0 16 13  .552  0 251.1 284 125 112  69 186   4.01  113 23 1102 1011 44  4   4  13   7   2  23  28  7  1  0  4  .281  .334  .401  .735   92           
    4 Randy Johnson     1998 10  34 TOT ML  34  34   6  0 19 11  .633  0 244.1 203 102  89  86 329   3.28  135 23 1014  907 38  1   1  14   5   2  13  31 19  3  2  7  .224  .300  .344  .644   71           
    5 Curt Schilling    1998 15  31 PHI NL  35  35   2  0 15 14  .517  0 268.2 236 101  97  61 300   3.25  134 23 1089 1000 56  6   3   6  14   7  18  10  5  0  0 12  .236  .282  .373  .655   74           
    6 Pedro Martinez    1997 13  25 MON NL  31  31   4  0 17  8  .680  0 241.1 158  65  51  67 305   1.90  219 16  947  860 24  4   5   9   9   1  16  20  5  3  1  3  .184  .250  .277  .527   42           
    7 Pat Hentgen       1996 10  27 TOR AL  35  35   3  0 20 10  .667  0 265.2 238 105  95  94 177   3.22  155 20 1100  988 49  2   3   5   5   8  24   7  9  2  0  8  .241  .308  .355  .663   68           
    8 Greg Maddux       1995 10  29 ATL NL  28  28   3  0 19  2  .905  0 209.2 147  39  38  23 181   1.63  262  8  785  748 22  0   3   4   9   1  16  26  6  2  0  1  .197  .224  .258  .482   29           
    9 Greg Maddux       1994 10  28 ATL NL  25  25   3  0 16  6  .727  0 202   150  44  35  31 156   1.56  271  4  774  726 22  2   3   6   6   5  21  22  6  2  1  3  .207  .243  .259  .502   34           
   10 Kevin Brown       1993 12  28 TEX AL  34  34   3  0 15 12  .556  0 233   228 105  93  74 142   3.59  116 14 1001  903 41  4   5  15   5   3  15  10 10  2  1  8  .252  .319  .353  .672   84           
   11 Chuck Finley      1993 13  30 CAL AL  35  35   2  0 16 14  .533  0 251.1 243 108  88  82 187   3.15  143 22 1065  959 38  1   1   6  11   7  21  21  9  0  1  8  .253  .314  .364  .678   79           
   12 Randy Johnson     1993 10  29 SEA AL  35  34   3  1 19  8  .704  1 255.1 185  97  92  99 308   3.24  136 22 1043  913 37  3   1  16   8   7  16  28 12  2  2  8  .203  .290  .322  .612   64           
   13 Jack McDowell     1993 10  27 CHW AL  34  34   4  0 22 10  .688  0 256.2 261 104  96  69 158   3.37  125 20 1067  981 43  4   6   3   8   6  19  10 15  6  1  8  .266  .314  .379  .693   87           
   14 Kevin Brown       1992 11  27 TEX AL  35  35   1  0 21 11  .656  0 265.2 262 117  98  76 173   3.32  115 11 1108 1007 40  1   2  10   7   8  29   7 12  2  2  8  .260  .316  .335  .651   85           
   15 Roger Clemens     1992 11  29 BOS AL  32  32   5  0 18 11  .621  0 246.2 203  80  66  62 208   2.41  175 11  989  907 39  2   5   9   5   5  28  24 12  1  0  3  .224  .279  .308  .587   60           
   16 Doug Drabek       1992 10  29 PIT NL  34  34   4  0 15 11  .577  0 256.2 218  84  79  54 177   2.77  124 17 1021  945 35  4   8   6   8   8  20  18 14  3  1 11  .231  .274  .330  .604   77           
   17 Jack McDowell     1992 13  26 CHW AL  34  34   1  0 20 10  .667  0 260.2 247  95  92  75 178   3.18  123 21 1079  983 45  9   9   7   8   6  12  29 16  4  0  6  .251  .307  .379  .686   92           
   18 Terry Mulholland  1992 12  29 PHI NL  32  32   2  0 13 11  .542  0 229   227 101  97  46 125   3.81   92 14  937  871 43  3   3   3  10   7  14   2  5 15  0  3  .261  .298  .365  .663   93           
   19 Charles Nagy      1992 10  25 CLE AL  33  33   3  0 17 10  .630  0 252   245  91  83  57 169   2.96  133 11 1018  944 41  4   1   2   6   9  34  12 15  0  0  7  .260  .300  .346  .646   82           
   20 Melido Perez      1992 10  26 NYY AL  33  33   1  0 13 16  .448  0 247.2 212  94  79  93 218   2.87  138 16 1013  901 33  3   5   5   6   8  19  18 18  9  0 13  .235  .308  .332  .640   79           
   21 Curt Schilling    1992 10  25 PHI NL  42  26   4 10 14 11  .560  2 226.1 165  67  59  59 147   2.35  150 11  895  819 30  4   4   1   7   8  11   7  7  0  0  4  .201  .254  .288  .542   58           
   22 Roger Clemens     1991 13  28 BOS AL  35  35   4  0 18 10  .643  0 271.1 219  93  79  65 241   2.62  164 15 1077  993 46  8  12   5   6   8  18  23 16  1  0  6  .221  .270  .328  .598   61           
   23 Jack McDowell     1991 15  25 CHW AL  35  35   3  0 17 10  .630  0 253.2 212  97  96  82 191   3.41  117 19 1028  930 44  5   2   4   8   4  11  22 10  5  1 10  .228  .292  .347  .639   78           
   24 Jack Morris       1991 10  36 MIN AL  35  35   2  0 18 12  .600  0 246.2 226 107  94  92 163   3.43  124 18 1032  922 28  6   5   5   5   8  23  32  8  0  1 15  .245  .315  .347  .662   79           
   25 Jaime Navarro     1991 10  24 MIL AL  34  34   2  0 15 12  .556  0 234   237 117 102  73 114   3.92  102 18 1002  908 39  3   3   6   7   8  20  23  7  0  0 10  .261  .318  .370  .688   91           

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6 Responses to “Complete games”

  1. Perhaps more amazing is the fact that he lead BOTH leagues in shutouts. Now that is quite a stat of the day.

  2. Also, consider how many of those were on short rest. He started 4 games in a 13 day span, from the 16th to the 28th. That's gotta be the first time that's happened in a while.

  3. There was never a season in which no one reached 10 CG until 2000. Then no one had as many as 10 until yesterday.

  4. There have been 10 complete games on 3 days' rest this entire decade. Two of them were over the weekend. In 1972 Steve Carlton had 26 -- the most in the past 50 years. In the '80s there were 759 total. In the '90s there were 87.

  5. BunnyWrangler Says:

    The last guy to get to 10 before Sabathia, Randy Johnson in '99, only had one outing in which he didn't reach 100 pitches. He threw 93. Sabathia never dipped below 91 pitches, but he had six games in the 90s compared to Johnson's one.

    Sabathia's highest pitch count this season was 130. Johnson's in 1999 was 142, and he had seven other outings of more than 130 pitches. In fact, the highest pitch count of 2008 was 138 by Tim Lincecum, and Randy Johnson topped that three times and equaled it once in 1999.

    I'm not knocking C.C. at all. I'm just marveling at Johnson's excellence/durabilty and the difference in the way that managers used starters then from how they use them now. I'm surprised that 1999 was really that different from 2008.

  6. Not to be picky (well, I guess it is being picky), but the regular season stats aren't complete until the White Sox and Detroit make up their missed game AND the White Sox and Twins play their tiebreaker. Not that it matters for the complete game list, as the Twins, White Sox and Tigers have a grand total of 10 complete games COMBINED.