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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Clayton Kershaw ups scoreless innings run to 36 in Dodgers’ win

The hard-throwing lefty nearly had no-hit stuff against Colorado again, allowing only two singles over eight innings as the Dodgers beat the Rockies 9-0 on Friday night.
What’s more, Kershaw (10-2) extended his scoreless streak to 36 innings before being replaced by a pinch hitter in the ninth. Kershaw bottled up the top-hitting team in the majors in nearly matching the no-hitter he threw against the Rockies on June 18 at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw struck out eight and walked one.

“You don’t ever want to give up a run,” Kershaw casually said. “I guess that’s the goal.”

And that was a start that lowered his K:BB ratio. Enough said. And oh yeah, this was in the ballpark of terror known as Coors Field.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: July 05, 2014 at 07:39 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: clayton kershaw, dodgers, rockies

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   1. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: July 05, 2014 at 11:52 AM (#4743869)
He's just nasty.
   2. eric Posted: July 05, 2014 at 01:45 PM (#4743982)
My BB-R PI skills are poor...has anyone led the league in K/9, BB/9 and HR/9 in the same season? I saw W. Johnson never did (he did all three at some point, but never all in the same season), also no on Clemens, Gibson, Koufax...seems like a pretty tough triple to accomplish. Even leading in SO/9 and BB/9 (which Kershaw is doing right now) seems to be pretty tough (only W. Johnson of those listed had accomplished that).
   3. McCoy Posted: July 05, 2014 at 01:58 PM (#4743998)
Pedro came close in 1999 and 2000.
   4. eric Posted: July 05, 2014 at 02:14 PM (#4744016)
Wow you aren't kidding. Pedro had back to back seasons of K/9 1st, HR/9 1st, BB/9 close 2nd. Especially in 1999....Gil Heredia's only black ink on his entire page is beating out Pedro by .034 in BB/9 that year, one of only two seasons he was even a qualifier.
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: July 05, 2014 at 02:55 PM (#4744047)
My BB-R PI skills are poor...has anyone led the league in K/9, BB/9 and HR/9 in the same season? I saw W. Johnson never did (he did all three at some point, but never all in the same season), also no on Clemens, Gibson, Koufax...seems like a pretty tough triple to accomplish. Even leading in SO/9 and BB/9 (which Kershaw is doing right now) seems to be pretty tough (only W. Johnson of those listed had accomplished that).


I really wished that bb-ref had a database of 'black ink' or 'grey ink' that we could use to search from. It would make a search like this easy.
   6. McCoy Posted: July 05, 2014 at 04:16 PM (#4744096)
No one has ever done it. Leading the league in walks per 9 as well as the other two is the really tough part.
   7. bobm Posted: July 06, 2014 at 12:27 AM (#4744531)
I really wished that bb-ref had a database of 'black ink'

I put data from these pages into a spreadsheet and searched for yearly matches. (League leader in 2 categories in CAPITALS.)

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/bases_on_balls_per_nine_leagues.shtml
http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/strikeouts_per_nine_leagues.shtml
http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/home_runs_per_nine_leagues.shtml

Year                   NLBB9                    NLSO9                   NLHR9
2012      Cliff Lee *  (PHI)    GIO GONZALEZ *  (WSN)   GIO GONZALEZ *  (WSN)
2008    Greg Maddux+   (2TM)     TIM LINCECUM   (SFG)    TIM LINCECUM   (SFG)
1997    GREG MADDUX+   (ATL)   Pedro Martinez   (MON)    GREG MADDUX+   (ATL)
1995    GREG MADDUX+   (ATL)       Hideo Nomo   (LAD)    GREG MADDUX+   (ATL)
1984 Bill Gullickson   (MON)    DWIGHT GOODEN   (NYM)   DWIGHT GOODEN   (NYM)
1948   Preacher Roe *  (BRO)  HARRY BRECHEEN *  (STL) HARRY BRECHEEN *  (STL)
1947    Larry Jansen   (NYG)  EWELL BLACKWELL   (CIN) EWELL BLACKWELL   (CIN)
1939  Paul Derringer   (CIN)      MORT COOPER   (STL)     MORT COOPER   (STL)
1924    RUBE BENTON *  (CIN)     Dazzy Vance+   (BRO)    RUBE BENTON *  (CIN)
1922      BABE ADAMS   (PIT)     Dazzy Vance+   (BRO)      BABE ADAMS   (PIT)


Year                   ALBB9                  ALSO9                  ALHR9
2008      CLIFF LEE *  (CLE)   A.J. Burnett   (TOR)     CLIFF LEE *  (CLE)
2003    David Wells *  (NYY) PEDRO MARTINEZ   (BOS) PEDRO MARTINEZ   (BOS)
2000    David Wells *  (TOR) PEDRO MARTINEZ   (BOS) PEDRO MARTINEZ   (BOS)
1999     Gil Heredia   (OAK) PEDRO MARTINEZ   (BOS) PEDRO MARTINEZ   (BOS)
1998    David Wells *  (NYY)  ROGER CLEMENS   (TOR)  ROGER CLEMENS   (TOR)
1995    Mike Mussina   (BAL) RANDY JOHNSON *  (SEA) RANDY JOHNSON *  (SEA)
1981 Rick Honeycutt *  (TEX) DAVE RIGHETTI *  (NYY) DAVE RIGHETTI *  (NYY)
1977     Dave Rozema   (DET)    NOLAN RYAN+   (CAL)    NOLAN RYAN+   (CAL)
1969 Fritz Peterson *  (NYY)  SAM McDOWELL *  (CLE)  SAM McDOWELL *  (CLE)
1965     Ralph Terry   (CLE)  SAM McDOWELL *  (CLE)  SAM McDOWELL *  (CLE)
1948 Fred Hutchinson   (DET)   LOU BRISSIE *  (PHA)   LOU BRISSIE *  (PHA)
1940      Ted Lyons+   (CHW)    BOB FELLER+   (CLE)    BOB FELLER+   (CLE)
1936      Ted Lyons+   (CHW)   JOHNNY ALLEN   (CLE)   JOHNNY ALLEN   (CLE)
1935      MEL HARDER   (CLE)   Johnny Allen   (NYY)     MEL HARDER   (CLE)


When a pitcher has led 2 rate categories, he is the HR9 leader and usually but not always the SO9 leader, coincidentally differing by league.
   8. bookbook Posted: July 06, 2014 at 02:41 AM (#4744563)
"has anyone led the league in K/9, BB/9 and HR/9 in the same season?"

My first thought was, "It's gotta be Nolan Ryan!"

Then, I realized you meant lowest BB/9...

(Nolan Ryan averaged 10.3 K/9, .4 HR/9, and 6.1 BB/9 in 1977, in 299 innings no less. That might be the year!!!)
   9. Jeff Frances the Mute Posted: July 06, 2014 at 02:39 PM (#4744725)
Kershaw is scheduled to pitch next against the Padres. It seems that there is a pretty good chance that he will take a 43-45 scoreless inning streak into the ASB.
   10. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: July 06, 2014 at 04:38 PM (#4744765)
Orel Hershiser should probably go ahead and clear his schedule for nonstop interviews over the break, in that case.
   11. BDC Posted: July 06, 2014 at 04:52 PM (#4744773)
Ryan did lead the AL in WHIP and was second in K/W ratio (first in K/9 and H/9, of course) in 1990. He was never a serious threat to lead in W/9 in the good sense, but from 1987 thru '91 his control became pretty impressive.
   12. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: July 06, 2014 at 05:54 PM (#4744796)
By the way, since no one else has yet, I'm honored to be the first grump to sanctimoniously point out that in 1988 Orel Hershiser threw 67 consecutive shutout innings, not merely 59. That the last 8 were in the NLCS only enhances the achievement.
   13. Ziggy Posted: July 06, 2014 at 06:42 PM (#4744808)
Exhibition games don't count.

/Ray

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