The Cleveland Indians yesterday defeated the Kansas City Royals, 12-0. It was the second time this season that the Indians won a game by a score of 12-0; on June 19 they had a 12-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Since 1913, there have now been 503 MLB games where a team scored 12 or more runs and shutout their opponent. There have been three such games in 2017… in addition to the two Cleveland wins noted above, on July 8th, Atlanta clobbered the Washington Nationals 13-0.
The most runs scored by a team in a shutout victory are 22 (it has happened twice). The Indians on August 31, 2004 defeated the New York Yankees 22-0; on September 16, 1975, the Pirates won 22-0 over the Chicago Cubs.
(From August 1 until the first regular season game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 10, we’ll give you a daily dose of Packers stats.)
The Packers in 2016 were one of six teams that did not score a defensive or special team touchdown. On the other hand, the Kansas City Chiefs led the NFL last season with eight TDs by their defense or special team.
The Pack gave up two TDs to their opposition via their defense or special team. The Tennessee Titans, however, led the league by giving up eight TD to their opponents via special teams or defense.
Here are the TDs scored in 2016 by each team via defense or special teams and the TDs allowed by each team to their opponents’ defense or special teams.
Defense or special team TDs scored
8: Kansas City
5: Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Diego
4: Denver, Miami, New York Giants, Tampa Bay
3: Arizona, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Detroit
2: Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville
1: Cleveland, Los Angeles Rams, New York Jets, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Tennessee, Washington
0: Cincinnati, Dallas, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, San Francisco
Defense or special team TDs allowed
6: Los Angeles Rams, New York Jets
5: Carolina, New Orleans, San Diego
4: Arizona, Jacksonville, Washington
3: Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis
2: Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Green Bay, Tampa Bay
1: Baltimore, Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, New York Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle
0: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, New England