The Miami Marlins won two games this past week where they collected three or fewer hits in the game… they defeated the Cubs on June 23, 2-0, where they had only three hits in that contest; on June 21 they won 2-1 over Washington with only two hits in the game.
Teams that had three or fewer hits in a game this season are 9-94 (a .087 winning percentage).
The MLB record for most wins in a season with three or fewer hits in a game is five, held by nine different teams. The last team to win five games in a season with three or fewer hits in a game was the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014.
The first selection in the recent NBA Draft, Markelle Fultz, played one season of college basketball at the University of Washington. He became the highest U-Washington player chosen in the NBA Draft since Bob Houbregs was the #2 pick in 1953.
Fultz was the 57th player drafted into the NBA from U-Washington and the 14th player from the university chosen in the first round. Last year the school had two players picked in the first round… Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray.
Of the U-Washington players chosen in the NBA Draft, two have played over 1,000 career games in the NBA: James Edwards (1,168) and Detlef Schrempf (1,136).
Last Sunday, June 18, on Father’s Day, Jimmy Nelson gave the Brewers their first complete game of the season, a 2-1 win over the Padres. It was Nelson’s first career complete game after 88 career starts with the Brewers without one.
With his previous 88 starts without a complete game, Nelson sat atop the list of Brewers pitchers with the most starts for the team without a complete game. That honor now belongs to Manny Parra, who had 74 starts with the Brewers without a complete game.
Here’s a look at the Brewers starting pitchers who have started the most games in team history without a complete game in the stat column.
Brewers pitchers with most starts without a complete game
Manny Parra… 74
Marco Estrada… 70
Chris Narveson… 62
Jimmy Haynes… 62
Mike Fiers… 56
Shawn Marcum… 54
A pair of current Brewers hurlers, Zach Davies and Chase Anderson, could soon be joining the above list. Davies now has 49 starts in a Brewers uniform without a complete game, while Anderson is close behind with 45.
Nelson, who will start for the Brewers tonight (June 23) in Atlanta, now has 89 career starts and one complete game. Of all Milwaukee pitchers with just one complete game in their careers, Nelson is third on that list with the most starts with one complete game. Jeff Suppan had 97 starts for the Brew Crew and only complete game, most in that stat category. He is followed by Randy Wolf who had 91 starts and one complete game. Another current Brewers pitcher, Matt Garza is fourth on this list; he has started 81 games for the Brewers in his career and has only one complete game.
If we widen the scope to look at all MLB teams, here are the leaders in most career starts with no complete games in their careers, and those with the most starts with only one complete game in their career:
Most MLB career starts with no complete games: Bud Norris, 185… Tony Armas, 167… Wei-Yen Chen, 144… Marco Estrada, 142… Shawn Chacon, 134… Travis Wood, 133. Norris, Chen, Estrada and Wood are all active players.
Most MLB career starts with one career complete game: Erik Bedard, 230… Chris Young, 221. Young is still active, pitching for the Kansas City Royals.
One final stat: Nelson’s complete game last weekend was the fourth for the Brewers since the start of the 2014 season. It moved them out of a four-team tie for fewest complete games since ’14. The Orioles, Marlins and Nets each have four complete games in that time frame, the Brewers and Rays each have only five complete games. The Giants have the most complete games since 2014 with 27. They are followed by the Indians with 25.
Brewers reliever Corey Knebel on June 22 set a new record by recording a strikeout in his 38th straight game to start a season by a relief pitcher.
The all-time record for most consecutive games with a strikeout by a reliever is 49 games by Aroldis Chapman. Knebel is currently tied for second place behind Chapman (with Bruce Sutter) with 39 consecutive games with at least one strikeout by a reliever.
The MLB record for most consecutive games by a pitcher with at least one strikeout is 411 by Tom Seaver. Nolan Ryan is second with 382 games, followed by Curt Schilling with 378 straight games with a strikeout.
One of the big stories (pun intended) of the 2017 baseball season is the New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge. The six-foot-seven Judge currently leads the majors with 23 HRs, 60 runs scored, and tops the bigs in the on-base percentage stat.
Judge, who plays the outfield, has been receiving attention as the odd-on favorite to win the A.L. Rookie of the Year this season and has been mentioned as a leading candidate for the league MVP. With the Yankees sitting atop the A.L. East, Judge has been a major reason for their resurgence this season and would receive significant consideration.
Should Judge win the A.L. ROY and the A.L. MVP in 2017, he would become only the third player in baseball history to win both those awards in the same season. The others: Boston’s Fred Lynn in 1975 and Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki in 2001.
Let’s take a quick look at the players who won a league ROY Award and finished in the Top Five in the league MVP that same season. All total, there are 13 players who fit the category.
Won league ROY and won league MVP
1975: Fred Lynn, A.L.
2001: Ichiro Suzuki, A.L.
Won league ROY and finished second in league MVP
2012: Mike Trout, A.L.
Won league ROY and finished third in league MVP
1948: Alvin Dark, N.L.
1952: Joe Black, N.L.
2016: Corey Seager, N.L.
Won league ROY and finished fourth in league MVP
1964: Tony Oliva, A.L.
1972: Carlton Fisk, A.L.
2001: Albert Pujols, N.L.
2014: Jose Abreu, A.L.
Won league ROY and finished fifth in league MVP
1947: Jackie Robinson, N.L.
1960: Ron Hansen, A.L.
1981: Fernando Valenzuela, N.L.