Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2014: COMPLETE GAMES #9, #10, #11

Three more complete games last night (actually, it's this night, but we missed the witching hour due to a switching problem). We are now actually ahead of last year's pace: in 2013, the eleventh complete game did not occur until April 26. The projected total of complete games for the season is now at 88.

We'll have to do some more research to determine who was the last person to have two consecutive complete games before Johnny Cueto did it earlier today (that's April 22nd). At the moment we're guessing that it was Roy Halladay.

Meanwhile, the Giants' Madison Bumgarner had one of those "complete game losses," dropping a 2-1 decision to the Rockies in Colorado.

We can more easily research the question of who's had the most complete game losses in a single season. Using data from Forman et fils dating back to 1914, that record appears to be owned by Elmer Myers, who had nineteen (yes, 19!!) complete game losses in 1916. (Myers had a total of 23 losses for the Philadelphia A's that year, who wound up 36-117 for the season, just two years after having been in the World Series.)

Of course, in recent years, those totals have been much lower: last season, Chris Sale, R.A. Dickey, and James Shields led MLB with two complete game losses apiece. Brandon McCarthy had four of 'em in 2011.

Finally, the Rays' David Price joined the CG crew with a 6-3 win over the Twins. Price's three earned runs allowed is the most of any in a complete game thus far. Six of the eleven CGs this season are also shutouts.

[UPDATE: And it's Price who turns out to be the last pitcher to throw consecutive complete games before Cueto. David did it with his starts on 7/7/13 and 7/12/13. Unlike Cueto, however, Price took the loss in one of those starts. We will go back further and look for the last pitcher to win consecutive complete game starts...]