Jeff Samardzija, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, hurled a three-hit, complete-game shutout in the Giants’ 3-0 win over San Diego on Monday night. It was the sixth straight year that Samardzija had at least one complete game in a season.
Baseball fans know that the complete game has become somewhat of a lost art in today’s game (that’s a topic for a future stat). If we look at past history, Nolan Ryan holds the MLB record for most seasons with at least one complete game with 24. He is followed by Early Wynn (23) and Dennis Martinez, Don Sutton and Tommy John (each with 22).
Sutton holds the MLB record for most consecutive seasons with at least one complete game at 22.
For Brewers fans, Moose Haas holds the team record for most seasons with one or more complete game with nine. He is followed by Mike Caldwell (8) and Ben Sheets, Bill Wegman and Jim Slaton (each with 7).
(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.)
If you follow the NFL, you know that the game has taken a decidedly distinct slant towards the passing game. Here’s a stat that helps quantify that…
Green Bay in 2016 was one of five teams that passed the ball over 600 times and ran the ball less than 400 times. The Pack had 620 pass attempts and 374 rushing attempts last season. The five teams:
Arizona, 646 passes, 399 runs Baltimore, 679 passes, 367 runs Green Bay, 620 passes, 374 runs Jacksonville, 626 passes, 392 runs Washington, 607 passes, 379 runs
The Minnesota Vikings in 1981 were the first team to pass more than 600 times and run less than 400 times in a season; the Vikes that year had 709 pass attempts and 391 runs. Ironically, it is the only year the Vikings had 600+ passes and less than 400 runs in a season.
A team with 600+ passes and less than 400 runs in a season has happened 61 times since 1981. Three teams, the Falcons, Lions and Saints, have each done it six times; the Cardinals have done it five times, while the Packers are next with four seasons with 600 or more passes and less than 400 runs.