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Fewest Pitches by a Winning Starter

Posted by Raphy on December 8, 2008

In honor of Greg Maddux retiring I thought it might be interesting to take a look at this list. Over the years Maddux has been known for for being dominant, economical with his pitches, and sometimes quick to leave a game.

Here are the games over the last ten years in the which the fewest pitches were thrown by a starter who recorded a win.

  Cnt Player            Date          Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR **Pit** Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+-------+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Greg Maddux       2003-09-21    ATL  FLA W  8-0  GS-5  ,W   5    1  0  0  0  0  0    43    29   65       16 16  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

    2 John Smoltz       2005-05-06    ATL  HOU W  9-4  GS-5  ,W   5    2  1  1  0  2  0    46    36   61       17 17  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   1.80 

    3 Greg Maddux       2008-09-27    LAD @SFG W  2-1  GS-6  ,W   6    2  1  1  0  2  1    47    38   66       19 19  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  1  0  0  0   1.50 

    4 Greg Maddux       2002-05-31    ATL @CIN W  7-0  GS-5  ,W   5    2  0  0  1  2  0    51    36   64       17 16  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  1  1  0  0  0   0.00 

    5 Greg Maddux       2002-09-27(1) ATL @NYM W  3-1  GS-5  ,W   5    5  1  1  0  4  0    53    40   57       18 17  0  0   0   0  1  0   2  1  0  0  0  0   1.80 

    6 Masato Yoshii     2002-04-16    MON  CHC W  8-4  GS-5  ,W   5    3  1  1  1  1  0    54    34   57       18 17  1  0   0   0  0  0   1  1  0  0  0  0   1.80 

    7 Edgar Gonzalez    2007-09-16    ARI @LAD W  6-1  GS-5  ,W   5    6  1  1  1  1  1    55    37   51       18 17  0  0   0   0  0  0   2  0  1  0  0  0   1.80 
    8 Wandy Rodriguez   2005-08-30    HOU  CIN W  5-2  GS-5  ,W   5    4  1  1  1  4  0    55    38   58       19 18  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   1.80 

    9 Chris Sampson     2008-07-05    HOU @ATL W  6-1  GS-5  ,W   5    2  1  1  0  2  1    56    36   61       17 17  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   1.80 
   10 Rocky Biddle      2004-07-10    MON  PIT W  4-0  GS-5  ,W   5    2  0  0  1  3  0    56    35   65       17 14  0  0   0   2  0  0   2  0  1  0  0  0   0.00 

4 out of 5 ain't bad.

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6 Responses to “Fewest Pitches by a Winning Starter”

  1. Can you repeat this with complete games?

  2. For the last decade:
    Aaron Cook is the king of the micro-pitch 9 inning complete game.
    http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/qBhx
    Here are the leaders for complete games of any length:
    http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/JepE
    Here are the leaders in 9+ inning CG with less than 90 pitches.
    http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/MsFv

  3. Thanks

  4. Raphy, how did you generate this list? When I try to duplicate it with PI, I get a lot of pitchers with very low pitch counts because the data did not have pitch counts for many of the AB's. Did you somehow filter out those games, or is it just that all the games in the last 10 years have complete pitch counts?

  5. Whiz you are correct. Earlier pitch counts are usually not recorded. One of the PI tools suggests only using pitch counts after 2000. The following list seems to suggest a good number of pitch counts as far back as 1988.
    http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/HJUF
    However, you do get some weird results before 2000. Therefore, I figured a decade would be a good time frame.
    By weird, I mean things like this:
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SLN/SLN199807290.shtml
    Check out Steve Woodard's pitch total from this game in 1998.

  6. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    Weird. I knew the pitch counts for older games were sporadic, but I had no idea some games show partial counts. That's sort of misleading -- might be better to just omit it entirely.