Milwaukee Brewers continue long wait for a complete game
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Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo yesterday lasted six innings in the Brewers loss to the Oakland A’s. In his 13 starts this season, Gallardo has lasted seven or more innings in only one game. In fact, it has now been 77 games since Gallardo has pitched a complete game.
While Gallardo’s drought may be long, consider his team’s plight… the Brewers have not had a starting pitcher throw a complete game since April 5, 2011, a span of over two years, two months. The pitcher in that game? Gallardo! He pitched a two-hitter in the Brewers 1-0 win over Atlanta.
The Brewers have the current longest drought of complete games in the majors. The Colorado Rockies pitching staff has not had a complete game since August 11, 2011, the second-longest drought in the majors. The Brewers and Rockies were the only two teams in 2012 not to have a complete game.
In addition to the Brewers and Rockies having no complete games in 2012, four other teams went a whole season without a complete game: Miami, Texas and Washington in 2007, and San Diego in 2011.
This season there have been 39 complete games pitched. The Cardinals top the list with five, followed by the Dodgers and Phillies with four each. The Royals top the American League with three complete games. Of the 30 major league teams, 16 have at least one complete game this season.
Following are the 14 teams that have not had a complete game in 2013 and when they had their last complete game.
Team, Last complete game
San Diego: 8/11/12
San Francisco: 8/14/12
N.Y. Mets: 8/31/12
Tampa Bay: 10/2/12
Looking at the number of complete games since the start of the century, the Toronto Blue Jays top the list with 116. The Phils are second with 100 complete games since 2000. The fewest? The San Diego Padres with only 40.
Here’s a look at the number of complete games for each team since 2000.
Arizona (99), Oakland (95), Seattle (94), Chicago White Sox (91), St. Louis (91), Cleveland (90)
L.A. Angels (88), San Francisco (82), Minnesota (80)
Detroit (79), Miami (78), Tampa Bay (77), Kansas City (75), Baltimore (73), N.Y. Mets (73), Chicago Cubs (70)
N.Y. Yankees (68), Washington (68), Boston (64), Cincinnati (64), Texas (63)
Atlanta (59), Milwaukee (57), L.A. Dodgers (55), Colorado (54), Houston (51), Pittsburgh (51)
San Diego (40)
Stats Resource: baseballreference.com
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99 Stats until Kickoff: (No. 8) Eight stats you need to know about Monday Night Football
(From May 30 and every day until September 5… the start of the 2013 NFL season… Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ will publish “99 Stats Until Kickoff” a daily dose of NFL stats that will get you ready for the 2013 NFL season.)
Monday Night Football in 2013 begins its 44th season. Here are eight stats you need to know about the past 43 seasons of MNF.
Best winning percentage: The Seattle Seahawks have the best winning percentage on MNF games with a 19-8 record (.704 winning percentage). In addition to Seattle, only four other teams have a winning percentage of .600 or better on MNF: Indianapolis (.636), Pittsburgh (.635), San Francisco (.632) and Carolina (.600).
Worst winning percentage: The four worst MNF records: Atlanta (.294), Arizona (.295), Cincinnati (.310) and Houston (.333).
Consecutive years with at least one win on MNF (active): The New England Patriots have the current longest streak of wins on MNF. The Pats have won at least one MNF in 11 straight seasons (they did not play on MNF in 2001). Following New England are San Diego and New Orleans, both of which have won at least one MNF game for seven straight seasons. The Bears have won a MNF game in five straight years.
Longest win drought (active) on MNF: The Buffalo Bills have the longest drought without a MNF win. The Bills have not won a MNF game since 1999. The St. Louis Rams are next on the list as they have not won on MNF since 2004. Both the Bills and Rams did not get a chance to end those streaks in 2012 as they were not scheduled for a MNF game.
Most consecutive years on MNF (active): The Denver Broncos have the longest current streak of appearances on MNF with 21 consecutive years. The Green Bay Packers are right behind the Broncos with 20 straight years of MNF games.
Consecutive years with at least one loss on MNF (active): Not only have the Broncos made an appearance on MNF for 21 straight years, but they also hold the current streak of consecutive years with a loss on MNF. Denver has lost at least one game on MNF in six straight seasons. The Broncos lost a MNF game in 2012 to the Falcons. The San Diego Chargers have a MNF loss in four consecutive years; they lost last season to Denver, 35-24, on MNF.
Most MNF wins: Four teams have won 40 or more games in the history of MNF: Dallas (43), San Francisco (43), Pittsburgh (40) and Miami (40).
Most MNF losses: Seven franchises have lost 30 or more games on MNF: Miami (38), Denver (36), Chicago (35), Washington (34), New York Giants (33), Dallas (32) and Green Bay (30). The Packers entered this group with their infamous loss to the Seattle Seahawks on MNF last season.
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