Friday, April 22, 2005


Dave mentioned the large number of stellar pitching performances so far this year. That was a couple days ago, and there have been a number since then. I went ahead and tried to compile all the starts of 8 innings or up, with 0 or 1 earned runs. I may have missed a few, but here they are:

Westbrook (4/4 vs CWS), 8IP, 4H, 1ER
Willis (4/6 vs WAS) CG, 5H, 0ER
Weaver (4/7 vs SFO) 8IP, 5H, 0ER
Buehrle (4/8 vs CLE) 8IP, 2H, 0ER
R. Lopez (4/10 vs NYY) 8IP, 6H, 1ER
Beckett (4/10 vs WAS) CG, 5H. 0ER
Pedro (4/10 vs ATL) CG, 2H, 1ER
(4/12 vs WAS), 8IP, 6H, 1ER
Willis (4/13 vs PHI) CG, 3H, 0ER
Halladay (4/14 vs TEX) CG, 5H, 1ER
Lowe (4/15 vs SDG) CG, 3H, 0ER
Suppan (4/15 vs MIL) 8.1IP, 5H, 0ER
Chen (4/15 vs NYY) CG, 4H, 1ER
Heilman (4/15 vs FLA) CG, 1H, 0ER (got clobbered 5 days later)
Buehrle (4/16 vs SEA) CG, 3H, 1ER
Lieber 4/16 (vs ATL) 8IP, 7H, 1ER
Chacin (4/16 vs TEX) 8IP, 2H, 0ER
Harden (4/16 vs. LAA) 8IP, 4H, 0ER
Weaver (4/17 vs SDG) CG, 5H, 0ER
(4/18 vs HOU) 9IP, 4H, 0ER
Byrd (4/18 vs SEA) 8IP, 11H, 1ER
Mulder (4/18 vs PIT) 8IP, 2H, 0ER
Astacio (4/19 vs OAK) 8IP, 6H, 0ER
Lowe (4/20 vs SDG): 8IP, 5H, 0ER
C. Zambrano (4/20 vs STL) 8.2IP, 5H, 1ER
Oswalt (4/20vs MIL) CG, 4H, 1ER
D. Wells (4/20 vs BAL) 8IP, 3H, 0ER
(4/20 vs DET) 8IP, 5H, 1ER
(4/20 vs CLE) 8IP, 4H, 0ER
Clement (4/21 vs BAL) 8IP, 8H, 0ER
R. Lopez (4/21 vs BOS) 8IP, 5H, 1ER
Carpenter (4/21 vs CHC) CG, 7H, 0ER

That's a stunning 32 starts (12 complete games), out of 238 total games -- almost 15% of all starts were downright dominant. And 6 of the pitchers (Lopez, Lowe, Weaver, Hudson, Willis, and Buehrle) had 2 each. And more than a couple of these guys got a no decision, or the loss! [Four honorable mentions: Burnett has 2 CG; Clemens has given up 1ER in 21 IP; and two relative unknowns, Maroth and Francis, each gave up 1ER in 7.2 IP...plenty of others who went 7IP, or 8IP and 2ER.] And note that the opposing teams on this list are no slouches: NYY, BOS, BAL, CWS, STL, FLA, etc. (and no Tampa Bay or Rockies!). I wish we could see the stats from other years, but I assume the pitching numbers in 2000-2004 were nowhere near this good. What's going on?!? I refuse to believe it's the S-word, but I also can't think of anything that might be different this season.


Jennings (4/22 vs LAD): CG, 10H, 1ER (at Coors!)
Santos (4/22 vs SFO): CG, 5H, 1ER
D. Bush (4/23 vs BAL): 8IP, 5H, 1ER (loss)
Webb (4/23 vs SDG): 8IP, 5H, 1ER (ND)
Mulder (4/23 vs HOU): 10 IP CG, 4H, 0ER
Johnson (4/24 vs TEX): 8IP, 5H, 1ER, (1st Yankee)
Ponson (4/24 vs TOR): CG, 3H 1ER
Blanton(4/24 vs LAA) 8IP, 6H, 1ER (loss)
Moyer (4/24 vs CLE): 8IP, 6H, 1ER
Garland (4/25 vs OAK): CG, 4H. 0ER
Santana (4/26 vs KAN): 8IP, 5H, 1ER
Halladay (4/29 vs NYY): CG, 3H, 0ER
Bedard (4/29 vs TAM): 8IP, 5H, 0ER
Lawrence (4/30 vs ARI): 8IP, 2H, 0ER
Garland (5/1 vs DET): CG, 4H, 0ER
Towers (5/3 vs BAL): 8IP, 3H, 0ER
D. Cabrera(5/3 vs TOR): 8IP, 4H, 1ER (loss)
Bedard (5/4 vs TOR): 8IP, 4H, 1ER
Arroyo (5/5 vs DET): 8IP, 3H, 1ER
Contreras (5/5 vs KAN): 8IP, 4H, 1ER
Radke (5/5 vs CLE): CG, 3H, 0ER
Santana (5/6 vs TAM): CG, 6H, 1ER
Ponson (5/6 vs KAN): 8IP, 5IP, 1ER
Mussina (5/7 vs OAK): CG, 4H, 0ER
Hampton (5/8 vs HOU): CG, 2H, 0ER
Zambrano (5/8 vs PHI): CG, 5H, 1ER
Robertson (5/9 vs TEX): 8IP, 6H, 0ER
C. Young (5/9 vs DET): 8IP, 6H, 0ER (ND)
Towers (5/9 vs KAN): 8IP, 7H, 1ER
D. Cabrera (5/9 vs MIN): 8IP, 3H, 0ER
Milwood (5/9 vs LAAOA): 8IP, 1H, 0ER
Halladay (5/10 vs KAN): CG, 8H, 1ER
Willis (5/11 vs HOU): 8IP, 6H, 1ER


  1. Yeah, it would be really interesting to see the comparison versus prior years. My guess is the best we will see is that runs scored are down year on year.

    It seems every night, there is another amazing game - I know you said you may have missed some, but you forget Clement (you had Lopez?) And there are tons of 7 inning games as well (last night Harden, Pedro, Smoltz.

    Plus there just don't seem to be that many double digit games. For instance last weekend, there were ZERO teams that scored 10 runs on either Sat or Sun. Might not seem like a big deal, but I remember a couple of years ago there was a streak of like 60 days where at least one team scored 10 runs or more. Hell, even the Rockies once had a streak of two weeks where eithe they or their opponents scored 10 runs.

    On a (somewhat) related note, in my ongoing quest to analyze Theo's decision to not resign Pedro (and to a lesser extent Lowe), the last two nights have seen stellar performances by Lowe and Pedro, with Pedro falling one inning short of landing on Earl's list. And Wells and Clement were even better. Both of them (should have been) on the "list." So as near as I can tell, the net effect of the Sox decisions is, at worst, one victory. Not too bad considering how well Pedro and Lowe have pitched and the slow first couple of starts for Wells and Clement.


  2. Whoops! Somehow I thought I read Clement only went 7...even though I watched him pitch the 8th. [I was sort of drunk, waiting to sober up before going to bed, when I compiled the list...which might explain it.]

    I've added him to the list.

  3. Poor A-Rod!!

    The umpires can just never get call right with him.

  4. My favorite thing about the list.

    Performances by Yankees - ZERO. $60 million rotaion - more than many teams entire payroll.

    And Leiber made the list once and just missed it twice. and the Yanks turned down his option. I love that story.

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