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Te record is for relief appearances, not games, as the headline implies. I'm not sure how to go about compiling a list, but imagine there are a lot of starters who have cleared 40 games with a K.

Just fooling around. First one I looked at was Sandy Koufax who had a streak of 77 games (Aug 25 1963 - Sept 14, 1965). Without looking at Ryan, Clemens, Unit ... I'm betting someone clears 100.

Edit: Criminy. Nolan Ryan had at least one K in each start from his first of '72 through Sept 11, '79, a total of 288 starts. He had 2 relief outings in '74 without Ks and 1 in '78. I haven't checked to the end of his career.

Edit: Criminy. Nolan Ryan had at least one K in each start from his first of '72 through Sept 11, '79, a total of 288 starts. He had 2 relief outings in '74 without Ks and 1 in '78. I haven't checked to the end of his career.

?? Ryan had one start in 1973 with 0 K's. He had a K in every game in 1974. He had a start in 76 with no K's (he lasted only 1 batter).

Those longest games with a K streaks are quite a bit shorter than I would have expected. For instance I would not have expected Randy Johnson to have gone a full start without a K in 2000. That 0 K start was proceeded by starts with 11, 10 and 13 Ks and succeeded by 10, 11, 14 and 13 Ks. Granted, all it takes is one game getting hurt early to snap a streak, but between Clemens, Johnson and Ryan I would have expected at least one streak of 500+.

Granted, all it takes is one game getting hurt early to snap a streak, but between Clemens, Johnson and Ryan I would have expected at least one streak of 500+.

That seems really unrealistic. After all, they only started 707, 603, and 773 games respectively. Frankly, I'm amazed the streaks are as long as they are.

An interesting record would be the record for starts without a strikeout in a season. Though a quick look on some suspects...Buehrle had zero in 2013. Jamie Moyer zero in 2008.

Perhaps the answer is something boring like 2.

In the last 20-30 years anyway, I'm guessing pitchers of yester-year could get through a game without a K more easily.

We need bobm's kung fu to get a definitive answer, but I found 2 different 3 start streaks by Ted Lyons. And they weren't all cheapies. One was CG, knocked out in the 1st, CG. The other was 3, 8, and 9 IP. The latter streak was preceded by 2 CG with 1 total K, and followed by a CG with 1. 6 starts, 47 IP, 2 K.

An interesting record would be the record for starts without a strikeout in a season. Though a quick look on some suspects...Buehrle had zero in 2013. Jamie Moyer zero in 2008.

Jeremy Guthrie had three zero-K starts last year, 2 of them consecutive.

bobm, I was wondering if you could re-run the list in [6] requiring a minimum of 5 (or 6) innings? I expect a number of those 0-K starts were early exits.

#8 - Thanks. Proof that scanning game logs with an Irish Coffee in hand on a Saturday morning may not be the most accurate way of researching ... but it's a lot more fun than Play Index Tool.

If strikeout rates remain as high as they currently are or even go higher, and stay that way for the length of a career, it'll be interesting to see how long these streaks can get. If only 2% of the average starter's outings now have 0 K, what's the chance that the league leader in strikeouts is going to have such an outing? Pretty low.

Of course, if the trend for relievers to pitch fewer innings per outing also continues, then it'll still be tough for relievers to put together streaks.

Liberal or conservative, DH fan or old school, the one thing we can all agree on is that bobm is the King of Play Index and uses those mad skills to make this site a lot better. Thanks King bobm!

Would you bet the over on 50 more starts in Beckett's career, though? He would have to do that *and* do so without any disaster starts wherein he gets yanked in the second inning without striking anyone out.

Josh Beckett has a K in every regular season game he has appeared in, 329 starts and 3 relief appearances. Those 3 relief games were 2 IP, 1 IP, and 1 IP.

For Josh Beckett to take the record, he'd likely have to pitch in to 2016.

32.Walt Davis posted on July 12, 2014 at 06:25 PM #

I think the record we're really after is consecutive innings with a strikeout. That would put starters and relievers on a nominally equal footing. Don't now how partial innings should count.

I think the record we're really after is consecutive innings with a strikeout. That would put starters and relievers on a nominally equal footing.

Nominally, yes. But clearly a reliever who can go all out for an inning or 60 +/- innings a year is not the same as a starter expected to go 6 and 220. I really don't think Eric Gagne's 10 consecutive batters struck out over the course of five days in 2003 is the same as Tom Seaver's 10 straight in one game in 1970.

Wow, bobm is amazing. Ask and ye shall recieve, I guess. I feel like this power needs to be abused. Perhaps next time I'll say that I don't know how to go about doing my tax return.

36.Walt Davis posted on July 13, 2014 at 02:51 AM #

Perhaps next time I'll say that I don't know how to go about doing my tax return.

Bob will use P-I to generate you a table of years served and fines paid by players for tax evasion.

Baseball players actually have a bit of an excuse, what with having to file in a dozen or more different states. They couldn't do their own taxes if they wanted to.

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1. Bhaakon posted on July 12, 2014 at 07:20 AM #Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.Edit: Criminy. Nolan Ryan had at least one K in each start from his first of '72 through Sept 11, '79, a total of 288 starts. He had 2 relief outings in '74 without Ks and 1 in '78. I haven't checked to the end of his career.

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In what percentage of games does the starter not get at east one strikeout?

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?? Ryan had one start in 1973 with 0 K's. He had a K in every game in 1974. He had a start in 76 with no K's (he lasted only 1 batter).

That seems really unrealistic. After all, they only started 707, 603, and 773 games respectively. Frankly, I'm amazed the streaks are as long as they are.

Perhaps the answer is something boring like 2.

In the last 20-30 years anyway, I'm guessing pitchers of yester-year could get through a game without a K more easily.

In 1969, Ken Holtzman mage 39 starts. He had a K in 38 of them. In the other game, he threw a no hitter.

An interesting record would be the record for starts without a strikeout in a season. Though a quick look on some suspects...Buehrle had zero in 2013. Jamie Moyer zero in 2008.Jeremy Guthrie had three zero-K starts last year, 2 of them consecutive.

bobm, I was wondering if you could re-run the list in [6] requiring a minimum of 5 (or 6) innings? I expect a number of those 0-K starts were early exits.

Longest Streak with SO=0 From 1914 to 2014, as StarterRk,Name,Strk Start,End,Games,W,L,IP

1,Ted Wingfield,1927-04-14,1927-07-30,8,1,6,50.0

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2,Les Sweetland,1928-06-30,1928-08-17,7,1,4,30.1

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3,Glenn Abbott,1983-09-25,1984-07-21,6,2,1,23.2

4,Milt Gaston,1927-05-15,1927-06-22,6,2,3,36.2

5,Sloppy Thurston,1925-08-16,1926-04-20,6,0,4,15.1

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Longest Streak with SO=0, IPouts>=15 From 1914 to 2014, as StarterRk,Name,Strk Start,End,Games

1,Ivy Andrews,1935-08-21,1935-09-06,5

2,Ted Wingfield,1927-05-02,1927-06-21,5

3,Ted Wingfield,1925-08-30,1925-09-17,5

4,Mike Prendergast,1918-06-29,1918-07-16,5

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From 1914 to 2014, as Starter, (requiring SO=0), sorted by greatest number of games in a single season matching the selected criteriaRk,Player,Year,#Matching,,W,L,ERA,GS,CG,IP

1,Ernie Wingard,1924,15,Ind. Games,5,8,3.18,15,7,99.0

2,Hal Carlson,1927,15,Ind. Games,5,9,4.92,15,8,100.2

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3,Sloppy Thurston,1924,14,Ind. Games,4,8,5.21,14,8,96.2

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4,Ted Wingfield,1925,13,Ind. Games,6,7,3.93,13,9,105.1

5,Sloppy Thurston,1927,13,Ind. Games,2,9,7.43,13,4,72.2

6,George Blaeholder,1935,13,Ind. Games,3,4,4.89,13,3,73.2

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From 1960 to 2014, as Starter, (requiring SO=0), sorted by greatest number of games in a single season matching the selected criteria

Rk,Player,Year,#Matching,,W,L,ERA,IP,Tm

1,Jim Barr,1978,11,Ind. Games,2,6,6.07,46.0,SFG

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2,Bob Shaw,1960,10,Ind. Games,3,4,5.13,47.1,CHW

3,Dave Roberts,1976,10,Ind. Games,1,7,5.92,62.1,DET

4,Ed Lynch,1983,10,Ind. Games,1,4,6.04,50.2,NYM

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5,Bill Lee,1979,9,Ind. Games,2,4,3.86,56.0,MON

6,Tommy John,1984,9,Ind. Games,3,4,6.75,45.1,CAL

7,Nate Cornejo,2003,9,Ind. Games,2,6,7.06,43.1,DET

8,Jack Billingham,1978,9,Ind. Games,4,2,5.16,52.1,DET

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averagestarter's outings now have 0 K, what's the chance that the league leader in strikeouts is going to have such an outing? Pretty low.Of course, if the trend for relievers to pitch fewer innings per outing also continues, then it'll still be tough for relievers to put together streaks.

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Josh Beckett has a K in every regular season game he has appeared in, 329 starts and 3 relief appearances. Those 3 relief games were 2 IP, 1 IP, and 1 IP.

Nominally, yes. But clearly a reliever who can go all out for an inning or 60 +/- innings a year is not the same as a starter expected to go 6 and 220. I really don't think Eric Gagne's 10 consecutive batters struck out over the course of five days in 2003 is the same as Tom Seaver's 10 straight in one game in 1970.

Perhaps next time I'll say that I don't know how to go about doing my tax return.Bob will use P-I to generate you a table of years served and fines paid by players for tax evasion.

With all the money to be made in baseball, who would ever mess it up with tax evasion?

And again I ask, who?

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