Today’s Sports Stat: May 3, 2018
When Zach Davies takes the mound on Saturday at Miller Park versus the Pirates, he could find himself at the top of a couple of team lists if he doesn’t pitch a complete game. Let me explain…
Davies is currently tied with Chuck Crim for most wins by a Brewers pitcher without a complete game with 33. His next win without a complete game will put him number one on this obscure stat. (Note: Of course if he ever pitches a complete game with the Brewers he will immediately come off the list, but that may… or may not… happen).
Here’s a look at the Brewers pitchers who have the most wins without a complete game on their stat sheet.
33: Zach Davies, Chuck Crim
29: Dan Plesac
26: Manny Parra, Chris Narveson
25: Zack Greinke, Bill Castro
23: Marco Estrada, Chase Anderson
21: Bob Wickman, Mike Fiers, John Axford
20: Carlos Villanueva, Shaun Marcus, Jimmy Haynes
Davies will be making his 74th career start for the Brew Crew on Saturday. His 73 starts for the Brewers without a complete game is second on the team list, one behind Manny Parra, who made 74 starts for the Brewers without a complete game.
Following are the Brewers pitchers who have 60 or more career starts with the team without a complete game.
74: Manny Parra
73: Zach Davies
70: Marco Estrada
62: Chris Narveson, Jimmy Haynes
61: Chase Anderson
For the record, the MLB record for most career wins without a complete game is 99 by Sparky Lyle. It’s not surprising that relief pitchers top this list. Lyle is followed by Kent Tekulve with 94, and John Franco and Don McMahon each with 90.
The MLB mark for most career starts without a complete game is 188 by Bud Norris. Second on the list is former Brewer Marco Estrada with 167 (he is tied with Tony Armas). Davies’ 73 career starts without a complete game currently ranks tied for 32nd for this stat.
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