Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014: COMPLETE GAMES #2, 3, 4

We had three complete games today (April 16). That's the first time since last September 6th, when Scott Feldman (Orioles), Patrick Corbin (D-backs) and Yusmeiro Petit (Giants) went the distance in their games. (Of these three, only Feldman is in a starting rotation this year: Petit has been shifted to the bullpen; Corbin had Tommy John surgery and won't be back until 2015).

Two of the three complete games today came in the same game (between the Braves and Phillies: Atlanta won the game, 1-0, behind Julio Teheran). Cliff Lee went all the way in a losing cause. Last July 13 the Rockies and the Dodgers played a 1-0 game;  Tyler Chatwood and Zack Greinke hooked up in a CG duel, with Greinke getting the win.

The other complete game today belongs to the Reds' Johnny Cueto, who pitched a gem against the Pirates, allowing just three hits and striking out 12.

All in all, pitchers who threw complete games in 2013 had a combined 96-28 record. That's a .774 WPCT.

We had three complete games on the same day during 2013 on: September 6, July 13, July 9.

We had three complete games on the same day during 2012 on: August 27, August 4, July 31, June 25, June 20, June 3, April 21.

We last had four complete games on a single day on June 15, 2011 (Livan Hernandez, Carl Pavano, Josh Beckett, Gavin Floyd).

Won-loss records for complete games in 2011: 130-43 (.751). In 2012: 107-21 (.835). In 2010: 119-47 (.716).

We still think we'll be lucky to get to 100 complete games in 2014. The watch is on...