Ruane: A Retrosheet tour of team pitching logs

From SABR member Tom Ruane at Retrosheet.org at July 9, 2012:

Well, you probably saw this one coming. Here is a look at some pitching logs. In the last piece, I looked at each team’s batting exploits; this time, we focus on the pitchers. And once again: whenever I mention that something is the most, longest, fewest or shortest, I mean that it holds true during the Retrosheet Era, which now extends from 1916 to 2011.

Well, since we started the previous article with the 1938 New York Yankees and their record of scoring at least two runs in 86 consecutive games, I supposes it’s fitting to begin this with a list of the pitching staffs that allowed at least one, two, three, … runs over the longest period:

>=   # Year Team   First    Last        # Year Team   First    Last
 1 163 1993 COL N  4- 5    10- 3      157 1997 OAK A  4- 7     9-28     * - the entire 1993 Rockies season
 2  80 1925 STL A  5-10     8- 6(2)    66 1996 DET A  4- 7     6-20
 3  40 1927 PHI N  6-28     8- 7(1)    38 1925 BOS A  6-17(1)  7-25
 4  28 2006 KC  A  5- 9     6- 8       26 1923 PHI N  4-29     5-28(1)
 5  20 1924 PHI N  9- 3(1)  9-24       15 2001 COL N  6-18     7- 4     * - happened 3 times, this is the last
 6  11 1962 NY  N  5-25     6- 3       11 2003 DET A  9-13     9-23     * - happened 3 times, these are the last two
 7  10 1923 PHI N  5- 6     5-18       10 1936 STL A  4-29     5-11
 8   7 2000 BAL A  6-17     6-23        7 2000 SEA A  8-13     8-20     * - happened 4 times, these are the last two
 9   7 2000 SEA A  8-13     8-20        6 2002 KC  A  9- 4     9-10     * - happened 7 times, this is the last
10   6 1929 PHI N  6-19(1)  6-22(2)     5 1928 PHI N  7-31     8- 4(2)  * - happened 3 times, this is the last

The first shutout in the history of the Colorado Rockies didn’t take place until David Nied and two relievers combined to hold the defending NL champion Philadelphia Phillies to two hits on April 14, 1994.

Read the full article here: http://www.retrosheet.org/Research/RuaneT/retro_fun2.htm#A120707



Originally published: July 9, 2012. Last Updated: July 9, 2012.

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