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Chasing Hershiser: Inside the numbers during Zack Greinke’s scoreless streak


Dodgers starter Zack Greinke extended his scoreless innings streak to 43 2/3 innings with eight shutout frames against the Nationals on Sunday. It’s the longest streak since former Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser set the major league record with 59 scoreless innings during the 1988 season. Greinke, overall, scattered three hits with a walk and 11 strikeouts. He now has a 9-2 record with a 1.30 ERA, a 0.82 WHIP, and a 117/21 K/BB ratio in 131 1/3 innings.

Hershiser’s streak spanned seven starts between August 30 and September 28. He allowed two runs to the Expos in the fifth inning before finishing out the rest of the season in scoreless fashion. He was in the midst of eight consecutive complete games and would’ve made it nine had the game in which he made his final start of the season not gone 16 innings — he went 10. Greinke’s streak thus far has spanned six starts, beginning in the first inning on June 18 against the Rangers. The pitchers’ respective stat lines during those spans of time:

  • Hershiser: 7 GS, 64 IP (9 1/3 IP per start), 36 H, 2 ER, 11 BB, 43 K
  • Greinke: 6 GS, 43 2/3 IP (7 1/3 IP per start), 19 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 42 K

ESPN Stats & Info notes that Greinke is only the third pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to rack up six consecutive scoreless starts in a season. Hershiser and Hideo Nomo are the others. They also point out that opposing hitters have hit to the tune of a .094 batting average against Greinke’s fastball, which is 53 points lower than any other qualified pitcher in that span of time.

According to Baseball Reference, Greinke is also the 14th pitcher since 1914 to rack up at least six starts of at least six innings each while limiting the opposition to four or fewer hits in each outing. It’s an eclectic list:

Name Strk Start End Games Tm
Johan Santana 2004-06-15 2004-08-01 10 MIN
Ted Lilly 2011-09-17 2012-05-07 8 LAD
A.J. Burnett 2007-08-12 2007-09-13 7 TOR
Garrett Richards 2014-06-04 2014-07-01 6 LAA
Matt Harvey 2012-09-19 2013-04-24 6 NYM
Carlos Zambrano 2010-09-04 2010-10-02 6 CHC
Carlos Zambrano 2006-05-16 2006-06-10 6 CHC
Pedro Martinez 2006-04-22 2006-05-20 6 NYM
Sid Fernandez 1989-09-21 1990-04-22 6 NYM
Mark Langston 1988-08-29 1988-09-24 6 SEA
Jim Palmer 1972-05-05 1972-05-28 6 BAL
Nolan Ryan 1971-04-29 1971-05-29 6 NYM
Bob Feller 1946-07-24 1946-08-13 6 CLE
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/19/2015.

By the way, it’s going to take some work to overcome Greinke in the NL Cy Young Award race. With Sunday’s outing, Greinke expanded his ERA lead to 79 points over Max Scherzer, 1.30 to 2.09. Four other hurlers are on the periphery: A.J. Burnett (2.11), Jacob deGrom (2.14), Gerrit Cole (2.30), and Shelby Miller (2.33). For Greinke to get his ERA back to 2.00, at his current rate of about seven innings per start, he would need to allow 30 runs over his next 84 innings over 12 starts, which is the equivalent of a 3.21 ERA.

Video: Santiago Casilla gets the save with an “immaculate inning”

Santiago Casilla

An immaculate inning is when a pitcher gets all three outs in an inning via strikeout on nine pitches, all strikes. Giants closer Casilla accomplished the feat to wrap up Sunday afternoon’s 9-8 victory over the Reds.

Immaculate innings only happen a handful of times every season. Mike Fiers is the only other pitcher to have done it so far this year. In 2014, Brad Boxberger, Cole Hamels, Justin Masterson, Garrett Richards, Rex Brothers, and Brandon McCarthy performed the task.

Casilla struck out Marlon Byrd, Brandon Phillips, and Jay Bruce. Check it out here:

Adrian Beltre sent Garrett Richards an invoice for three broken bats

Adrian Beltre

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre went 0-for-3 with two ground outs and a weak pop-up against Garrett Richards in Friday night’s loss to the Angels. He broke his bat three times. Rather than take his oh-fer lying down, Beltre sent Richards an invoice for the the three broken bats, Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports:

Beltre, perhaps, could use some new lumber. He’s not off to the best start, hitting .175/.246/.333 with two home runs and five RBI in 69 plate appearances entering Saturday’s action.

Wandy Rodriguez is starting for the Rangers tonight

Wandy Rodriguez

Wandy Rodriguez was a Phillie. Then, after a failed physical, he wasn’t. Then he was a Brave, and had sewn up a spot in their starting rotation towards the end of spring training. Then he didn’t, and was released when the Braves traded for Trevor Cahill.

The Rangers signed him to a minor league deal earlier this month. He’ll start tonight against the Angels, and we can say that with more certainty than any of the other recent Rodriguez news. The Rangers designated Rule 5 pick Logan Verrett for assignment to make room for Rodriguez on the 25-man roster.

Rodriguez, 36, allowed two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out 10 in seven innings across two starts with Triple-A Round Rock. He’ll be opposed by Angels starter Garrett Richards.

Garrett Richards returned from knee surgery throwing gas

garrett richards getty

Angels right-hander Garrett Richards returned from the disabled list Sunday to make his first start since suffering a season-ending knee injury in late August and he looked pretty good against the Astros.

Richards walked four batters and allowed four runs in five innings, but he also averaged 95.4 miles per hour with his fastball and topped out at 97.4 mph. He struck out four, induced a lot of ground balls, and generally looked healthy in his comeback from a torn patellar tendon.

His health is a huge key to the Angels’ success this season, because prior to blowing out his knee covering first base Richards was having a breakout year with a 13-4 record, 2.61 ERA, and 164/51 K/BB ratio in 169 innings at age 26.