Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson finally gets a complete game

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.





Can Aaron Judge become the third player to win a league ROY and MVP in the same season?

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.

NBA Finals Stats Potpourri

The 2016-17 NBA season ended Monday night with the Golden State Warriors winning their second title in three years. Let’s close the book on this season with a few stats from the finals.

  • The Warriors became the 14th team in league history to lose an NBA Finals one season and then win the title the following year, the fifth time it has happened in the last nine years. Here’s a look at the 14 teams:

Team   (Year lost title/Year won title)
Syracuse                  1954/1955
St. Louis Hawks     1957/1958
Boston                      1958/1959
New York Knicks   1972/1973
Seattle                       1978/1979
Philadelphia            1982/1983
L.A. Lakers               1984/1985
Boston                       1985/1986
Detroit                       1988/1989
L.A. Lakers               2008/2009
Miami                        2011/2012
San Antonio              2013/2014
Cleveland                  2015/2016
Golden State             2016/2017

Of the 13 teams that did this prior to Golden State this year, six made it back to the NBA Finals the next year with four winning the title again and two losing in the finals. Seven of the 13 did not make the NBA Finals the following season.

  • LeBron James had 44 points in the Game Five loss on June 12. It was the third time James scored 40 or more points in an NBA Finals where his team lost. Jerry West holds the record with four games of 40+ points in the NBA Finals in a defeat. Here are the 11 players who have scored 40 or more points in an NBA Finals in a loss:

4: Jerry West
3: LeBron James
2: Rick Barry, Michael Jordan
1: Charles Barkley, Julius Erving, John Havlicek, Shaquille O’Neal, Isiah Thomas, Russell Westbrook, James Worthy

If we drop the points down to 30 in an NBA Finals game, West still leads this category with 12 games. James is now in sole possession of second place on this list with seven games in the NBA Finals where he scored 30 or more points in a loss. Jordan and O’Neal follow with six games each.

Six players have scored 30 or more points in an NBA Finals game (win or loss), led by West with 24. He is followed by Jordan with 23, LeBron with 18, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaq with 16, and Kobe Bryant with 13. Of these six players, James has the worst record in games where he scored 30 or more points in an NBA Finals… his teams are 11-7 (.611 winning percentage) when he scores 30 or more in a finals contest.

  • Golden State rookie Patrick MaCaw did not see a lot of playing time in the NBA Finals this year, but he did score six points in Game Five. By doing so, he became the 13th player under the age of 22 to score six or more points in an NBA Finals game in NBA history. The last player under the age of 22 to score six or more points in an NBA Finals game was San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard in 2013. He had five such games in the 2013 NBA Finals. Here’s the 13 players under the age of 22 who have scored six or more points in an NBA Finals game:

Alvan Adams, Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Darryl Dawkins, Johnny Davis, Jordan Farmar, Daniel Gibson, Richard Jefferson, Magic Johnson, Cory Joseph, Kawhi Leonard, Patrcik MaCaw and Tony Parker

The 600-HR Club welcomes Albert Pujols

On Saturday night, June 3, Angels’ first baseman Albert Pujols became the ninth member of the exclusive 600-HR Club. Pujols hit a grand slam that night, becoming the first member of the 600-HR Club to join the club with a grand slam.

For the record, here are the nine members of the club: Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Alex Rodriguez (696), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey, Jr. (630), Jim Thome (612), Sammy Sosa (609) and Pujols (600).

Here are a handful of stats about the 600-HR Club and Albert Pujols’ 600 homers.

  • None of the nine members played for just one team. Pujols becomes the fourth member of the group who has played for just two teams in his career (he has played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Angels). The others: Bonds (Pittsburgh and San Francisco), Aaron (Braves and Brewers) and Mays (Giants and Mets). Thome played with the most teams, six (Cleveland, Philadelphia, the White Sox, Dodgers, Minnesota and Baltimore).
  • Three of the nine members also have 3,000 hits: Aaron (3,771), Mays (3,283) and Rodriguez (3,115). Pujols has 2,876 (as of June 3).
  • Pujols, as of June 3, had 608 career doubles. That ranks second among the nine 600-HR Club members. Aaron has the most two-baggers with 624. Pujols does, however, have the fewest triples of the nine members with 16.
  • Three members also have 2,000 or more RBIs: Aaron, Ruth and Rodriguez. Pujols had 1,859 as of June 3.
  • Of the nine members of the club, Pujols has the fewest strikeouts with 1,091.
  • Of the nine members of the club, Pujols and Thome have the fewest sacrifice bunts with one each.
  • Babe Ruth has the highest batting average of the club members at .342. Pujols is second at .308. Two other members hit .300: Aaron (.305) and Mays (.302). The lowest average of the nine? Sosa at .273.
  • Although he has 600 career HRs, Pujols has never hit 50 or more in a single season.
  • Pujols has homered against all 30 MLB teams. The fewest HRs against any one team is one versus his old team, the Cardinals.
  • Pujols has 56 HRs versus the Cubs and 55 versus the Astros, most against any team.
  • Pujols has hit 137 of his home runs in the first inning, most of any inning.
  • He has hit 487 of his 600 home runs from the three spot in the batting order.
  • The month with the most HRs for Pujols is August with 112.
  • Pujols has hit 318 homers at home and 282 on the road.